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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.

David Lee Roth Teases ‘Secret’ Van Halen Project

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Is Van Halen getting ready to release some new music?

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The Kinks Vs. Van Halen – Clash of the Titans

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Which version of 'You Really Got Me' really gets you - The original Kinks version, or Van Halen's 1978 remake? Our fans decide.

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Bruce Springsteen Covers Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ in Dallas

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Bruce Springsteen performed Van Halen's 'Jump' in Dallas.

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29 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Quits Van Halen

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Though long-time fans likely hoped it was an April Fool's joke gone terribly wrong, original frontman David Lee Roth did in fact quit Van Halen 29 years ago today, on April 1, 1985.

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Exclusive: Sammy Hagar Remembers His First Van Halen Concert – ‘Man, This Could Bomb’

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In an exclusive interview, Sammy Hagar looks back on a 'stupid' decision he and Van Halen made for their first show together.

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35 Years Ago: Van Halen Release ‘Van Halen II’

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Van Halen broke the dreaded sophomore jinx on March 23, 1979.

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20 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar’s ‘Unboxed’ LP Leads to Van Halen Split

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Sammy Hagar adds two new songs to a solo-career greatest hits collection, leading to a dispute with his Van Halen bandmates.

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‘Unchained’ Vs. ‘Barracuda’ – March Riff Madness

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Van Halen's 'Unchained' is lined up against Heart's 'Barracuda' in round one of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness competition.

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Michael McDonald on Writing ‘I’ll Wait’ With David Lee Roth: ‘An Interesting Experience’

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Between his string of hits with the Doobie Brothers and his solo career, five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald seemed to be everywhere in the early-'80s, but the songs that featured his distinctive voice only told part of the story -- he was also a busy songwriter whose list of credits included a surprising collaboration with Van Halen.

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Was Van Halen’s ‘Live: Right Here, Right Now’ Released Because of David Lee Roth?

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Warner Bros.

Following the release of 1991's 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,' Van Halen embarked on a world tour that capped a phenomenally successful decade for what was already one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Not a bad time to release a live album, in other words, and in 1993, they did just that, with 'Live: Right Here, Right Now.' According to a new report, however, that double-disc collection might never have seen the light of day if not for David Lee Roth.

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