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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.

Sammy Hagar Thinks Chickenfoot Are Finished, but He’s Open to the Right Kind of Van Halen Reunion

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The soft market for new albums from veteran rock acts may have put an end to one of Sammy Hagar's many projects, but he'll never say never when it comes to reuniting with Van Halen.

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Sammy Hagar, ‘Dreams’ (Acoustic) – Exclusive Song Premiere

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Ultimate Classic Rock is pleased to present the exclusive premiere of a new acoustic version of the classic Van Halen song ‘Dreams,’ from Sammy Hagar’s new album ‘Lite Roast,’ which can be purchased from iTunes.

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Michael Anthony Still Hasn’t Listened to Van Halen’s ‘A Different Kind of Truth’

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Larry Marano, Getty Images

Want to know how far Van Halen is in Michael Anthony's rear-view mirror?

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Sammy Hagar and Mick Jones Explain How Van Halen’s ’5150′ Tapes Were Almost Destroyed

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Sammy Hagar confirms a story Mick Jones told us about engineer Donn Landee during the recording of Van Halen's '5150.'

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Van Halen’s Eruptions Vs. Motorhead’s Motorheads – Hard Rock Football League, Rd 1

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Van Halen's Eruptions take on Motorhead's Motorheads in round one of the first-ever Hard Rock Football League championship tournament.

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30 Years Ago: Van Halen’s Original Lineup Plays Their Last Concert

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Any rock band with a flamboyant frontman is bound to face its share of personality conflicts, and in the preening David Lee Roth, Van Halen had a singer more flamboyant than most.

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Pantera Drummer Says Reunion Not Possible, Uses Dead Eddie Van Halen as Example

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Gilbert Carrasquillo / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Vinnie Paul Abbott has dismissed the idea that Pantera could somehow reunite with another guitarist in the wake of his sibling "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's 2004 murder.

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Def Leppard Vs. Van Halen – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Finals

Def Leppard Vs. Van Halen

Once again, there were some heated battles, but only two were left standing in the end.

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Van Halen vs. Motley Crue – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Semifinals

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They had no problem getting here, breezing to round-one triumphs.

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The Police vs. Van Halen – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

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The Police take on Van Halen in the first round of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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