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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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35 Years Ago: Van Halen Begrudgingly Return to the Road for the ‘Hide Your Sheep’ Tour

Van Halen planned to take a break in 1982 after years of nonstop touring, but a surprise hit single put them back on the road for the Hide Your Sheep tour.

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Van Halen Magazine Advertisements Through the Years: 1978-2012

Van Halen Magazine Ads Through the Years: 1978-2012

Since releasing their groundbreaking debut album almost 40 years ago, Van Halen have demonstrated an impressive knack for coming up with increasingly distinctive cover art.

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Larry Marano, Getty Images

Michael Anthony Sees ‘Some Kind of Proper Closure’ in a Van Halen Reunion

Several weeks after going on record as saying "now's the time" for Van Halen to reunite its classic rhythm section and put together a tour with David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar.

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Jesse Grant, Getty Images

David Lee Roth Sort of Comments on New Van Halen Book

Former Van Halen manager Noel E. Monk's new memoir of his years with the band contains plenty of backstage stories, many of them involving singer David Lee Roth.

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Dey Street Books
Dey Street Books

Former Manager Noel E. Monk Uncovers the Truth Behind All Those Van Halen Rumors: Exclusive Interview

Noel E. Monk talks about the release of his new book on Van Halen, 'Runnin’ with the Devil,' and the false rumors that keep cropping up about the band.

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Dey Street Books

10 Crazy Tales From the New Van Halen Book ‘Runnin’ With the Devil’

The golden age of Van Halen with David Lee Roth at the helm has never really been dished on, unless you count the singer’s own somewhat scattershot 1997 autobiography, Crazy From the Heat.

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Scott Greis, Getty Images

15 Years Ago: David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar Launch Joint Tour

David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar did the unthinkable 15 years ago while both were estranged from Van Halen; they decided to embark on a co-headlining tour.

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Dey Street Books

Early Van Halen Manager to Tell All in New Book

The manager who took care of Van Halen’s early years has promised to present a no-holds-barred account of the band's rise to fame in an upcoming book.

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Larry Marano / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Says Van Halen Reunion Is ‘Lurking in the Woods’

Sammy Hagar thinks a reunion with Van Halen is inevitable.

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Ethan Miller / Larry Marano (2), Getty Images

Michael Anthony Says Time is Right for Van Halen to Tour With Both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar

Michael Anthony also discussed whether David Lee Roth donated $10,000 to the fundraising team honoring his late infant grandson.

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