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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.

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Warner Bros.

Sammy Hagar Says the Van Halen Brothers ‘Haven’t Made an Effort to Be Friendly’

Recent rumors have Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony returning to the Van Halen lineup in time for a 2017 tour — but Hagar says his icy relationship with the Van Halen brothers hasn't thawed.

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Warner Bros.

20 Years Ago: Van Halen Briefly Reunite with David Lee Roth for ‘Best Of Vol. I’

David Lee Roth's second stint with Van Halen began and ended when he recorded some songs for a greatest hits compilation.

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Jason Smith / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

5 Crazy Stories from Eddie Van Halen’s Weekend With Thomas Dolby

A stone statue, 'Spinal Tap' and the ozone layer all took a beating when Thomas Dolby spent a weekend at Eddie Van Halen's home.

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Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images

20 Years Ago: The Van Halen / David Lee Roth Reunion Turns to S—

Van Halen's brief mid-'90s reunion with original frontman David Lee Roth ended with a thud – or, more specifically, a scathing open letter from Roth.

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Jesse Grant, Getty Images

David Lee Roth: ‘Help! I Have a Stalker’

David Lee Roth is asking for help stopping a stalker that has called him 75 times in the past four months.

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Mitch Malloy
Mitch Malloy

Why Mitch Malloy Didn’t Join Van Halen

Mitch Malloy says he turned down an offer to join Van Halen because it was clear something was amiss.

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20 Years Ago: Van Halen Reunite With David Lee Roth on MTV

When host Dennis Miller announced reunited members of Van Halen, the crowd at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards went crazy.

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Larry Marano (2) / Frazer Harrison / Ethan Miller (2), Getty Images

Should Van Halen Reunite with Sammy Hagar? Our Writers Answer Five Big Questions

Sammy Hagar has said he's sorry. Now, we have our say on how a reunion with Van Halen might happen – and whether it should.

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Sammy Hagar to Van Halen: ‘I’m Sorry’

Sammy Hagar apologies for the bad things he's said about Van Halen since his departure from the group.

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Paramount

Pink Floyd vs. Van Halen: An Excellent ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Movie Scene

The relative merits of Van Halen and Pink Floyd are hotly debated in the new film 'Everybody Wants Some!!'

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