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Hear Eddie Van Halen Shred for Five Minutes at 1984 Soundcheck

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By Christopher Scapelliti Photo: Larry Busacca | Getty Images

The Van Halen Vault has just uploaded this rare soundcheck of Van Halen performing a soundcheck at San Francisco’s Cow Palace in 1984.

The five-minute clip opens with the band finishing up “Jump” and continues with some wild shredding from Eddie Van Halen, along with a soundcheck of “Panama” and plenty more noodling from Ed.