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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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Sammy Hagar on Possible Van Halen Reunion: ‘We’ll See What Happens’

Sammy Hagar isn't confirming a reunion with Van Halen. But if you're inclined to read between the lines, there may just be something worth noting here.

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Chris Walter, Getty Images

The Story of Van Halen’s Debut Album

Hard rock hadn’t really hatched a band like Van Halen before 1978.

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Warner Bros.

Van Halen’s ‘Runnin’ With the Devil’ Featured in Acura Super Bowl Commercial

Van Halen are going to the Super Bowl! Sort of.

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Larry Marano, Getty Images

Top 10 Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solos

Guitar wunderkind Eddie Van Halen is undoubtedly one of the most important rock musicians of the last 35 years.

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Warner Bros.

The Story of Van Halen’s Last Album with Sammy Hagar

Van Halen released 'Balance,' the last album of the Van Hagar era, on Jan. 24, 1995.

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Larry Marano, Getty Images

Michael Anthony Shoots Down Van Halen Reunion Rumors

Van Halen's former bassist denied that either he and/or Sammy Hagar were returning to Van Halen.

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Warner Bros.

How Van Halen Broke Apart Despite Conquering the World on ‘1984′

When Van Halen’s sixth album, ‘1984,’ arrived in stores on Jan. 9, 1984, it felt like a much-needed respite in a year that had already started under the heavy vibes of George Orwell’s dystopian novel of the same name.

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Van Halen Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Unlike most bands that have managed to stick around for decades, there's no real consensus on the Van Halen catalog.

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Paramount Pictures

‘Everybody Wants Some’ Trailer and Poster Pay Homage to Classic Rock

Richard Linklater has revealed the first trailer and poster for Everybody Wants Some, the long-awaited "spiritual sequel" to his rock-fueled coming-of-age comedy classic Dazed and Confused.

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2015’s Nastiest Rock Feuds

We look at the nasty verbal battles that took place between Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Kiss, Twisted Sister and other classic rock bands.

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