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.
Hear David Lee Roth's Cover of Van Halen's 'Dance the Night Away'
It’s the latest arrival from 14 tracks he recorded live with his band in May.
David Lee Roth Releases 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love' Live Rendition
Singer cut 14 songs in two hours during whirlwind studio session in May.
Justin Hawkins Nearly Talked Himself Out of Van Halen Guest Spot
The Darkness frontman thought about suggesting an alternate singer take his place during the Taylor Hawkins show.
When Eddie Van Halen Accidentally Changed Rock With 'Eruption'
His iconic solo revolutionized the way guitar was played.
Wolfgang Van Halen Says Hawkins Tribute Won't Lead to VH Reunion
He starts work on a new Mammoth WVH album next week, though.
Wolfgang Van Halen Covers Van Halen at Taylor Hawkins Tribute
He blazed through furious renditions of "On Fire" and "Hot for Teacher" with help from the Darkness' Justin Hawkins.
David Lee Roth Rerecords 'Panama' in 14-Song, Two-Hour Session
New version of Van Halen classic was recorded during a solo band studio meeting back in May.
Sammy Hagar Not Interested in Rumored Van Halen Tribute Tour
He seemed especially bemused by the prospect of Jason Newsted taking part instead of Michael Anthony.
Sammy Hagar Feels ‘Responsibility’ to Perform Van Halen Songs
He’s also describing parts of the Circle's upcoming album ‘Crazy Times!’ as “dark” and “serious.”