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‘Unchained’ Vs. ‘Barracuda’ – March Riff Madness

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Van Halen's 'Unchained' is lined up against Heart's 'Barracuda' in round one of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness competition.

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Michael McDonald on Writing ‘I’ll Wait’ With David Lee Roth: ‘An Interesting Experience’

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Between his string of hits with the Doobie Brothers and his solo career, five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald seemed to be everywhere in the early-'80s, but the songs that featured his distinctive voice only told part of the story -- he was also a busy songwriter whose list of credits included a surprising collaboration with Van Halen.

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Was Van Halen’s ‘Live: Right Here, Right Now’ Released Because of David Lee Roth?

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Following the release of 1991's 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,' Van Halen embarked on a world tour that capped a phenomenally successful decade for what was already one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Not a bad time to release a live album, in other words, and in 1993, they did just that, with 'Live: Right Here, Right Now.' According to a new report, however, that double-disc collection might never have seen the light of day if not for David Lee Roth.

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Michael Anthony on Van Halen’s Partying Reputation: ‘The Music Was Always Number One’

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Our favorite rock stars tend to make the rock 'n' roll lifestyle look like one big party, but the best musicians never lose sight of their art. Take Van Halen, for example: in spite of what it might have seemed like from the outside, former bassist Michael Anthony says the band's glory years were never as wild and crazy as they appeared.

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Patty Smyth Is Happy to Have Turned Down Van Halen Job

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For Patty Smyth, the improbable opportunity to join Van Halen as David Lee Roth's replacement in the mid-'80s would have come at too high of a cost.

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New Van Halen Album Rumors Continue

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David Lee Roth recently let slip that Van Halen is working on a follow-up to 2012's 'A Different Kind of Truth,' and although he cautioned fans they'd have to wait awhile, it sounds like the band is making real progress.

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Top 10 Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solos

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Guitar wunderkind Eddie Van Halen is undoubtedly one of the most important rock musicians of the last 35 years.

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Eddie Van Halen Recalls ‘1984’ Battles With Producer

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"Ted just didn't see eye to eye with the way I looked at things. That was my whole premise for building the studio."

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30 Years Ago: Van Halen Release ‘1984′

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When Van Halen’s sixth album, ‘1984,’ arrived in stores on Jan. 9, 1984, it felt like a much-needed respite in a year that had already started under the heavy vibes of George Orwell’s dystopian novel of the same name.

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30 Years Ago: Van Halen Debut ‘Jump’ Video

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By waiting until January 1984 to release their '1984' LP, Van Halen broke an impressive one-album-a-year streak that dated back to 1978 -- but they made up for it by picking up their first No. 1 single in the U.S. with the record's lead-off single, 'Jump.'

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