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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.

Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth
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Sammy Hagar Wants to Tour With David Lee Roth and Van Halen

Sammy Hagar wants to tour with Van Halen, including original singer David Lee Roth, because he believes the competition between the two frontmen would make fans “die and go to heaven.”

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Interscope
Interscope

5 Years Ago: Van Halen Return to the Past (Again) on ‘A Different Kind of Truth’

Really, it made perfect sense. Is there a more fertile period for Van Halen than the late '70s?

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Danny Williams Racing
Danny Williams Racing

There Is a Racing Horse Named Van Halen

While Van Halen fans appear to be in for another indefinite wait between band projects, there's another Van Halen that's keeping busy — albeit on the horse track, halfway around the world.

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Michael Buckner, Getty Images
Michael Buckner, Getty Images

10 Years Ago: Wolfgang Van Halen Joins Van Halen

More than two decades after David Lee Roth left the band, Van Halen fans finally got the full-time reunion they'd been waiting for. But Roth's return came with another unexpected change in the lineup.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Sammy Hagar Says the Van Halen Brothers ‘Haven’t Made an Effort to Be Friendly’

Recent rumors have Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony returning to the Van Halen lineup in time for a 2017 tour — but Hagar says his icy relationship with the Van Halen brothers hasn't thawed.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

20 Years Ago: Van Halen Briefly Reunite with David Lee Roth for ‘Best Of Vol. I’

David Lee Roth's second stint with Van Halen began and ended when he recorded some songs for a greatest hits compilation.

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Jason Smith / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

5 Crazy Stories from Eddie Van Halen’s Weekend With Thomas Dolby

A stone statue, 'Spinal Tap' and the ozone layer all took a beating when Thomas Dolby spent a weekend at Eddie Van Halen's home.

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Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images
Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images

20 Years Ago: The Van Halen / David Lee Roth Reunion Turns to S—

Van Halen's brief mid-'90s reunion with original frontman David Lee Roth ended with a thud – or, more specifically, a scathing open letter from Roth.

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Jesse Grant, Getty Images
Jesse Grant, Getty Images

David Lee Roth: ‘Help! I Have a Stalker’

David Lee Roth is asking for help stopping a stalker that has called him 75 times in the past four months.

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Mitch Malloy
Mitch Malloy

Why Mitch Malloy Didn’t Join Van Halen

Mitch Malloy says he turned down an offer to join Van Halen because it was clear something was amiss.

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