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Eddie Van Halen

Music was always part of the Van Halen family. Jan, the patriarch, started on clarinet and saxophone in his native Netherlands. Eddie played drums and piano, winning competitions throughout his teens. He heard Cream and Jimmy Page and shifted his focus to guitar. Alex, the older brother by two years, played drums.

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The famed power-pop act, responsible for such radio-friendly singles as “Buddy Holly” and “Island in the Sun” as well as that remarkably faithful and successful cover version of the soft-rock Toto classic “Africa,” is shooting for a harder-edged sound on its 15th studio outing. The title is a nod to classic rock heavyweights Van Halen, with the band explaining on Twitter that the album was being dedicated to the late great Eddie Van Halen “as a thank you for all the incredible music that soundtracked our youth and inspired the record.”

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Right now, fans who kept the faith — and kept their tickets — are getting ready for Van Halen’s concert tonight at the John Paul Jones Arena. …

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Van Halen today sent out notice that 17 concert dates, including Charlottesville, have been postponed.

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OK, so the band and the frontman haven't performed together since before the bass player was born, and it's a jolt to see them with such close…

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