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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.

Van Halen Confirm Live ‘Tokyo Dome’ Album Release

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Van Halen move at their own speed, so it's probably fitting that the band's official confirmation of its upcoming live album comes weeks after word of the project first leaked.

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Filed Under: Category: New Albums, News

How Van Halen’s ‘Women and Children First’ Cover Shoot Nearly Destroyed the Band

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Warner Bros.

At this point, it's common knowledge that David Lee Roth's thirst for the spotlight was pretty much always a source of tension between the singer and his bandmates during the early days of Van Halen.

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Five Live Albums Van Halen Needs to Release

Van Halen
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Recently, plans were announced for the first-ever live Van Halen album with David Lee Roth -- but was it the right one?

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Filed Under: Category: Lists, Original Features

Steel Panther Singer Wants Michael Anthony Back in Van Halen

Steel Panther Michael Anthony
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Van Halen’s reunion with David Lee Roth is incomplete without Michael Anthony.

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Watch Michael Anthony Play Van Halen’s ‘Somebody Get Me a Doctor’ Onstage

Larry Marano, Getty Images
Larry Marano, Getty Images

Here's your latest reminder that Michael Anthony is awesome, courtesy of Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.

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Clash of the Titans – ‘Beautiful Girls’ by Van Halen vs. ‘Summer Nights’ by Van Halen

YouTube
YouTube

This week's Clash of the Titans matches a Van Halen song against...another Van Halen song.

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Filed Under: Category: Clash of the Titans, Readers Poll

37 Years Ago: Van Halen Introduce Themselves in a Major Way With Their Debut Album

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Chris Walter, Getty Images

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

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Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, News

Van Halen Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

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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Van Halen Live Album Details Revealed

VhTokyo

Van Halen will release what the band is calling its "definitive live album" on March 31 -- the same date they're scheduled to begin a six-album remaster series with reissues of 'Van Halen' and '1984.'

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Filed Under: Category: New Albums, News

Van Halen Reportedly Set to Release First David Lee Roth Live Album

Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Speculation on the possibility of a Van Halen live album has reached a fever pitch.

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Filed Under: Category: News

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