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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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Scott Gries, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Fires Back at David Lee Roth Over Van Halen Setlist

Sammy Hagar has taken to the airwaves to respond to Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth's pointed recent criticism of the so-called Van Hagar era.

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Clash of the Titans: Van Halen vs. Sammy Hagar and the Circle

The 2015 live albums from Sammy Hagar and Van Halen face off against each other in this week's Clash of the Titans.

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Warner Bros. Records

27 Years Ago: Van Halen’s ‘OU812′ Album Released

The Sammy Hagar-fronted lineup of Van Halen expanded their sound and kept the hits coming on their second album, 1988's 'OU812.'

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Jason Merritt / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

David Lee Roth Says Sammy Hagar Has a ‘Credibility Issue’

David Lee Roth says he'll never perform Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen songs, and the reasons are obvious.

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images
Jason Merritt, Getty Images

David Lee Roth Proclaims Love for Dance Music, Compares Van Halen to ‘West Side Story’

David Lee Roth proclaimed love for dance music and compared Van Halen to 'West Side Story' in May 2015.

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Van Halen Billboard Music Awards
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Van Halen Tear Through ‘Panama’ at the Billboard Music Awards

Van Halen successfully hit it and quit it by kicking off the Billboard Music Awards with a sharp performance of "Panama."

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Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images

Van Halen Add New York and Los Angeles Shows to 2015 Tour

Citing "overwhelming demand," Van Halen have added a pair of dates to their upcoming tour.

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YouTube

Eddie Van Halen Calls Wolfgang’s Album ‘Important,’ Says He’d ‘Love To’ Make Another Van Halen Record

If Wolfgang Van Halen's upcoming album isn't a hit, it certainly won't be due to a lack of effort on his dad's part.

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David Lee Roth
YouTube

22 Years Ago – David Lee Roth Busted for Marijuana Possession

On April 16, 1993, David Lee Roth was arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for attempting to score some drugs.

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Warner Brothers

Defending Van Halen’s Much-Maligned ‘Diver Down’

Van Halen's fifth studio album is often dismissed as a hodge-podge of hastily assembled covers. Here's what's wrong with that line of thinking.

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