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Eddie Van Halen Donates 75 Guitars to School Music Programs

Being in the school band just got a whole lot cooler for some of the kids in the Los Angeles area: Eddie Van Halen has teamed up with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to donate 75 guitars from his personal collection to schools that don’t have enough funding to pay for instruments. For Van Halen, it was a simple case of giving back — as he put it simply, “Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them.”

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Van Halen Press Conference To Announce Their New Tour
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Van Halen New Album Rumor Round-Up

We still haven't seen any official announcements from the band, but it's clear that something is happening in the world of Van Halen -- and the latest mini-flurry of VH activity, which includes the band's first official Facebook page and a warning from vocalist David Lee Roth to 'get ready...,' has sparked a new round of rumors regarding their long-awaited new album.

The new collection, which will be Van Halen's first full-length album since 1998's 'III' and first with Roth since way back in '1984,' has reportedly been finished with an assortment of producers led by John Shanks. Now, rumors are pointing to a fall release.

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Chickenfoot & Davy Knowles Performs At The Roxy Theatre
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Sammy Hagar: Eddie Van Halen is a “Fruitcake”

More details are coming out about Sammy Hagar’s autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, which hits shelves next week.  According to Blabbermouth.net, in the book, Hagar says that Eddie Van Halen is a “fruitcake,” explaining that Eddie claimed to have cured himself of cancer by “having pieces of his tongue liquefied and injected into his body.” Read more when the book comes out on Tuesday.

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Machete - Premiere:67th Venice Film Festival
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Cry Baby Pedal Documentary [VIDEO]

There’s a new documentary out about the number one selling effects pedal of all time and some big names in music are featured in the flick. It’s called Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World and includes commentary from Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell, Slash, Kirk Hammett, Buddy Guy and others. The pedal, which was invented in 1966, played a role in hits like Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” The first two parts of the film are up on YouTube. I've posted them here for you to look at!

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