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Five of Eddie Van Halen’s greatest guitar tracks – Sydney Morning Herald

Eddie Van Halen injected good times and genuine swagger back into rock ‘n’ roll.

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A couple of years before original singer ‘Diamond’ David Lee Roth was replaced, Van Halen released their chart-topping album 1984. It was six years after their self-titled debut album and the band was simply on fire. 1984 contained the song Hot for Teacher with its instantly recognisable drum and guitar intro, each seemingly vying for the greatest attention, plus a film clip that was classic Van Halen. However it was Panama, with Eddie’s riffing, that stood out for its sheer bombast, dis…

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