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Did a Bad Hot Dog Inspire Eddie Van Halen to Write ‘Jump’? [AWESOME '80S WEEKEND]

Getting Eddie Van Halen to talk about the inspiration behind any of his songwriting efforts is rather difficult, in part because he refuses to take much credit for his work. “I’ve said plenty of times, I can’t claim to ever have really written anything. Because I don’t really feel like I’m responsible, it comes through me.”

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JACK’s Throwback Concert Photos

Thanks to everyone that came out to JACK's first ever Throwback Concert with some of the best tribute bands you will ever see. It was easy to close your eyes on the beach and imagine you were actually at a Tom Petty, U2, Bruce Springsteen or Van Halen concert when you were actually listening to Full Moon Fever, El

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Classic Memorial Auditorium Concert Tickets — It Cost WHAT to See WHO?!

In 1986, I told my mom that I was sleeping over my friend Jay's house so I could wait out all night to buy tickets to Van Halen's show at the Niagara Falls Convention Center. It was the first tour with new lead singer Sammy Hagar, and we were all jammin' "Why Can't This Be Love" in our boom boxes on a daily basis. I made $80 a week working at Burger King, so shelling out $25 to see Van Halen was kind of a big deal. I ended up getting 17th row. That same ticket today would have cost me about $250.

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Check Out How Sick Van Halen Tribute Artist PANAMA Is! [JACK'S THROWBACK]

If you like Van Halen (and have a moderate appreciation for Jack FM), then you have to go to Jack's Throwback Concert on August 11 at Sunset Bay Beach Club to see PANAMA re-create Van Halen. These guys are so authentic that their David Lee Roth even has a cod-piece.

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Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ Leads Most Popular Sporting Songs Poll

With the London Olympics starting today (July 27), the British music body, PRS for Music, recently decided to conduct a poll to determine the most popular song when it came to sporting events, and a classic popular anthem has come out on top.

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Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Has Nothing But Praise for Van Halen

Pearl Jam‘s penchant for pulling out cover songs in their set has been well documented, and one band that keeps coming up in the rotation of covers is Van Halen.

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Sammy Hagar’s ‘I Never Said Goodbye’ Turns 25 Years Old [AWESOME '80S WEEKEND]

When Sammy Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985, he still had some solo career business to finish. So the Red Rocker recruited none other than Eddie Van Halen to play bass on what was expected to be his last solo album, ‘I Never Said Goodbye,’ which was released 25 years ago this month.

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Van Halen Soundcheck Video of ‘As Is’ and ‘Light Up the Sky’ Surfaces

Van Halen have been keeping things fresh throughout their support of ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ by working both older and new songs into their sets. It appears as though the next two tracks that might finally appear in front of an audience will be ‘As Is’ and ‘Light Up the Sky.’

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Eddie Van Halen Admits ‘Back to the Future’ Guitar Work was His [AWESOME '80S WEEKEND]

It’s long been speculated that Eddie Van Halen makes a musical cameo in the 1985 classic film ‘Back to the Future.’ Now the guitarist has confirmed it. TMZ reports that Van Halen has confirmed it’s him playing on the cassette Marty McFly scares his father with.

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Eddie Van Halen on Future Work with David Lee Roth: ‘I See Us Doing This for a Long, Long Time’

Eddie Van Halen says the current album cycle with David Lee Roth isn’t a one-time gimmick. This is the future of Van Halen, and the band has a bright future. In an interview with Guitar World the legendary guitarist talks about what once held them back and what now keeps them looking forward.

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