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Sammy Hagar: Van Halen Reunion a "Dead Horse"

Earlier this year, Sammy Hagar—while mostly casting doubt over the potential of a Van Halen reunion—kept the door open for one, saying he would be open to it if it included original bassist Michael Anthony and, oddly enough, original and current frontman David Lee Roth.Hagar proposed that him and Roth would trade off songs, while all the proceeds from the tour would be given to charity.Now... …

Watch Los Rios Rock School Students Recreate Van Halen's First Album

The intrepid young students at the Los Rios Rock School were recently taken by the folks over at Produce Like a Pro to Sunset Sound, the studio where—among many other classics—Van Halen's self-titled debut was recorded. There, the youngsters recreated the album in its entirety, down to the last detail, in a single day.The students were given the exact same equipment—the same mics, console and... …

Learn the Guitar Habits of Eddie Van Halen

If there was a Mount Rushmore of guitar players, I’m pretty sure Eddie Van Halen would be carved directly in the middle, with frazzled hair and a cigarette dangling from his grinning lips.What makes Eddie’s guitar habits so appealing to any guitar player looking to improve or find inspiration is the fact that they’re a personification of his on-stage antics: hypnotizing, flashy, confident, and... …

Watch Metallica Cover Van Halen's "Runnin' with the Devil"

During their show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Saturday night, Metallica paid tribute to hometown heroes Van Halen with a brief cover of the band's "Runnin' with the Devil."The band has quite a bit of fun with the cover, with Hetfield attempting to replicate David Lee Roth's famous screams and Kirk Hammett beaming from ear to ear the whole way."That's all I can sing," Hetfield... …

The 20 Best Rock Guitar Intros of All Time

Let’s face it: one of the most important parts of a song is its intro.A memorable intro can bring lighters out of pockets, prompt roars of recognition from a crowd and cause freeway drivers to reach for the volume knob.A great intro is also the first thing guitarists want to learn and the first thing they want to play when they enter a guitar store. We’ve compiled 20 of what think are the... …

Hear Eddie Van Halen's Isolated Guitars from "Hot for Teacher"

OK, here's one more isolated guitar recording for you. It's Eddie Van Halen—in all his isolated glory—playing Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher."“I winged that one,” Eddie told Guitar World several years ago. “If you listen to it, the timing changes in the middle of nowhere."We were in a room playing together and I kind of winked at the guys and said, ‘Okay, we’re changing now!’ Because I don’t... …

The Eddie Van Halen Tremolo Mechanic

The footage from Van Halen’s 2015 Jimmy Kimmel Live performance affords an almost perfect glimpse of Eddie Van Halen’s legendarily unique approach to tremolo picking.The incredible speed and consistency of his take on this technique has been a source of fascination for 35 years. In Van Halen’s approach, the picking hand hangs suspended in mid-air, with no anchoring or muting at all, and uses a... …

Unreleased Eddie Van Halen Track from 1984 Streaming

The Van Halen News Desk is streaming a short track called “Strike,” written by Eddie Van Halen for the 1984 teen comedy film The Wild Life.A snippet of the music appears in the movie as someone bowls a strike (hence the song’s title). This is the first time the full recording has been available to the public.The Van Halen News Desk says more of full, raw tracks Van Halen wrote for the movie... …

Sammy Hagar: “What It Would Take for Me to Reunite with Van Halen”

It’s been more than a year since Sammy Hagar sent Eddie Van Halen a birthday greeting via Twitter, signaling a thawing in their frosty relationship and leading fans to wonder if a Van Hagar reunion could be possible.But Hagar, who recently reunited with his group Chickenfoot, tells Billboard he sees little chance of that happening.“Let’s put it like this,” he says in a new interview with the... …

Review: EVH 5150 IIIS EL34 Amp Head and 4x12 Cabinet

PLATINUM AWARDThe 5150 amp designed by Eddie Van Halen is an indisputable modern classic.From the first 5150 amp introduced in 1992, through the 5150 III head that was the very first EVH brand product 10 years ago, to the EVH 5150 IIIS that was Ed’s main amp in the studio and on stage these last few years, the 5150 has become one of the most popular amps of all time for both pros and aspiring... …

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