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Van Halen Rare '70s Concert Footage Surfaces; New Album in Works (Video)

By Alexandra Ward   |   Monday, 07 Apr 2014 08:17 AM

Never-before-seen vintage Van Halen concert footage surfaced online this week, giving fans a throwback look at the rock band's early days of fame.

The footage was reportedly remastered frame-by-frame from Fuji single-8 films of the band's 1978 and 1979 performances at Selland Arena in Fresno, Calif., according to UPI.com.

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Van Halen formed in 1972 in Pasadena, Calif., and critics often refer to the band's 1978 self-titled debut album as one of the most "original and revolutionary" albums in rock and roll.

Led by singer David Lee Roth and backed by guitar pro Eddie Van Halen, the band is still together today is reportedly working on a new album.

Van Halen also made headlines last month when Kiss front man Gene Simmons told Rolling Stone magazine that Eddie Van Halen once tried to join his crew in the early '80s.

"He was so unhappy about how he and Roth were — or weren’t — getting along. He couldn’t stand him. And drugs were rampant," Simmons told Rolling Stone. "Eddie said, 'I want to join KISS. I don’t want to fight anymore with Roth. I'm sick and tired of it. But I told him, 'Eddie, there’s not enough room. You need to be in a band where you can direct the music. You're not going to be happy in Kiss.' I talked him out of it. It didn't fit."

But Van Halen quickly denied Simmons' story.

"They might have just asked me in passing, and I just kind of laughed it off, probably," he said. "If it happened, I’m sure I would have remembered."

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