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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 vs. Motley Crue – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Semifinals

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They had no problem getting here, breezing to round-one triumphs.

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The Police vs. Van Halen – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

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The Police take on Van Halen in the first round of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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30 Years Ago: ‘VOA’ Makes Sammy Hagar a Household Name

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Sammy Hagar went from star to superstar with the release of 1984's 'VOA.'

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

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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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Is Van Halen’s New Album Finished?

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A Facebook photo has Van Halen fans wondering if the group's new record is actually finished.

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Watch Van Halen Take Over Texxas Jam ’78

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Watch as Van Halen takes the stage in the summer of '78, in front of one of the biggest audiences of its young career.

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Watch One-Handed Guitar Hero John Denner Play Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’

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Born without a right hand, John Denner is still able to play Van Halen's 'Eruption.'

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The Foo Fighters Cover Rolling Stones, Van Halen + More at Firefly Festival

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The Foo Fighters spent 20 minutes of their Firefly Festival set playing classic rock covers.

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10 Years Ago: Van Halen Mounts Disastrous Reunion With Sammy Hagar

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This reunion of Van Halen's most commercially successful lineup was contentious from the start.

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Top 10 Alex Van Halen Songs

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We countdown our favorite songs by the often overlooked drummer of Van Halen.

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