Original Singer: David Lee Roth
Reason for Departure: Who knows? Each band member seems to have a different version of what led to Roth's departure following the band's aptly titled 1984 blockbuster, "1984." Some say drugs, some say bad behavior, some say control issues. The truth is probably some combination of all of the above.
The Replacements: Sammy Hagar, Gary Cherone
The band experiences a commercial boom in the post-Roth era. Van Hagar notched four No. 1 albums and a Grammy before Sammy Hagar was fired and/or quit. Reunions with both Hagar and Roth followed, punctuated by a train wreck of an album with ex-Extreme singer Gary Cherone. In September of this year, rumors once again began circulating of the first Roth-fronted Van Halen album in 25 years. —Jeff Royer
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