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When Van Halen released their self-titled debut album in 1978, fans hadn’t heard a guitar hero with such singular style since Jimi Hendrix shuffled off onto his final experience. Eddie Van Halen did things with his guitar that didn’t seem humanly possible – he could make it hum like a helicopter one minute and crush like a bulldozer the next. Backed by one of the hardest bands to ever plug in and turn the amps to 11, Eddie wasn’t Van Halen’s only star. With singer David Lee Roth at the mic, the group had a natural showman who wrapped 70 years’ worth of stage entertainment into one motor-mouthed fireball. Following ‘1984,’ which introduced synths to the group’s arsenal of instruments, Roth quit the band and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, a rock-music vet who gave the group some much needed melodic thrust and provided them with a series of hit records.

22 Years Ago – David Lee Roth Busted for Marijuana Possession

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On April 16, 1993, David Lee Roth was arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for attempting to score some drugs.

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Defending Van Halen’s Much-Maligned ‘Diver Down’

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Warner Brothers

Van Halen's fifth studio album is often dismissed as a hodge-podge of hastily assembled covers. Here's what's wrong with that line of thinking.

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Clash of the Titans: ‘Tokyo Dome Live in Concert’ vs. ‘Live: Right Here, Right Now’

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Dave versus Sammy, Sammy versus Dave.

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Sammy Hagar On Van Halen’s New Live Album: ‘What the (Expletive) Are These Guys Thinking?’

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Sammy Hagar isn't pulling any punches when it comes to the new live album from his old band Van Halen.

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Eddie Van Halen Speaks! Five Things We Learned in a Rare New Interview

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Vimeo

Eddie Van Halen gave an update on all things Van Halen.

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Watch Van Halen’s ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Performance

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EllenTube

Mere days after they shut down Hollywood Boulevard (and endangered David Lee Roth's nose) during a special performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Van Halen traveled down the TV dial for an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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How David Lee Roth Really Left Van Halen

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Ron Galella, Getty Images

Like the histories of all great rock bands, Van Halen’s past includes some landmark dates.

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Watch More of Van Halen’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Performance

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YouTube

David Lee Roth overcame a self-inflected nose bashing during Van Halen's special performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! — and the second half of the band's set is now online.

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David Lee Roth Injured During Van Halen’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Performance

Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images
Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images

David Lee Roth started Van Halen's performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! yesterday with some new hair on his recently shorn head, and finished it with a new bandage on his face.

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29 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Plays His First Van Halen Concert

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Chris-Walter,-Getty-Images

On March 27, 1986, the city of Shreveport, La., bore witness to the very first public performance of Van Halen MKII.

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