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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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Warner Bros.

Here’s the Real Story Behind Van Halen’s ‘Top Jimmy’

Any deep-listening fan of Van Halen's '1984' had to wonder if "Top Jimmy" was a real person, and just what inspired David Lee Roth to compose its rags-to-riches story.

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Eric Haggard, Rubber City Photos
Eric Haggard, Rubber City Photos

Van Halen Cancel Show Due To David Lee Roth Illness

Van Halen have cancelled tonight's scheduled concert in Hershey, Pa. after lead singer David Lee Roth was advised by doctors not to perform due to a bout with the flu.

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How David Lee Roth Really Left Van Halen

With few notable exceptions, the mythical account of David Lee Roth’s exit from Van Halen has been presented as gospel truth. It's not.

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Eric Haggard, Rubber City Photos
Eric Haggard, Rubber City Photos

Van Halen Wins Ohio’s Love All Over Again: Review + Photo Gallery

Reports of Van Halen's demise as a viable live concert attraction would seem to have been greatly exaggerated.

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Van Halen, ‘Summer Nights’ vs. Meat Loaf, ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

Van Halen's "Summer Nights" faces off against "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" by Meat Loaf in the third round of our Greatest Summer Song battle.

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Van Halen ‘Summer Nights’ vs. Chicago, ‘Saturday in the Park’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

The second round of our Greatest Summer Song Battle puts Van Halen up against Chicago.

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Rob Kim / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Dee Snider Takes Sides in Van Halen Feud: ‘Eddie’s Out of His Mind’

Dee Snider has never been shy about commenting on the state of rock, and the things rockers do. This time, he's taking aim at Van Halen.

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Van Halen, ‘Beautiful Girls’ vs. Bryan Adams, ‘Summer of ’69′: Greatest Summer Song Battle

Van Halen's 'Beautiful Girls' faces Bryan Adams' 'Summer of '69' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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Van Halen, ‘Summer Nights’ vs. Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Feel Good Hit of the Summer’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

Van Halen's "Summer Nights" lines up against "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" by Queens of the Stone Age in the first round of our Greatest Summer Song battle

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Warner Bros.

11 Years Ago: Van Halen and Sammy Hagar Reunite for Three New ‘Best of Both Worlds’ Tracks

Van Halen reunited with Sammy Hagar for three new songs in 2004, then mounted a tour that would cause an irreparable rift.

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