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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.

20 Years Ago: Van Halen Release ‘Balance’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

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

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Watch Metal Allegiance Cover Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen

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YouTube

While it seems like every band is booking its own cruise and taking its act on the high seas these days, Metal Allegiance are heading the other direction.

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Van Halen’s ‘Pretty Woman’ Featured in Mindy Kaling Super Bowl Commercial

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YouTube

Van Halen is in the Super Bowl! Sort of.

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Why Van Halen Rejected Their First Album Cover: “They Tried to Make Us Look Like the Clash”

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Warner Brothers

Warner Bros. originally had a much different concept for marketing Van Halen's 1978 debut.

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Van Halen Settle Trademark Lawsuit With Alex Van Halen’s Ex-Wife

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After several years of legal wrangling, a lawsuit between Van Halen and Alex Van Halen’s ex-wife Kelly has reportedly been “amicably resolved.”

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Watch Wolfgang Van Halen Tackle a ‘Fair Warning’ Classic

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Wolfgang Van Halen performs the 'Fair Warning' classic 'Sunday Afternoon in the Park.'

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Van Halen, Joe Satriani and More Included in Auction of Rare Live Tapes

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eBay

Got a pile of extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, a DAT player and a jones for some rare rock 'n' roll?

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31 Years Ago: Van Halen Begin to Break Apart Despite Success of ‘1984′

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

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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You Think You Know Van Halen?

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Ultimate Classic Rock

For a group that's had more than its share of outspoken frontmen over the years, Van Halen have managed to keep a pretty tight lid on its inner workings.

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Van Halen Live DVD Rumored

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

We've been told in no uncertain terms that Van Halen's long-awaited "secret project" is not a new album. Now we have a fresh set of rumors hinting at what it might be instead.

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