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Preview New Van Halen Song 'Blood and Fire'

New album 'A Different Kind of Truth' out February 7th

January 25, 2012 11:00 AM ET
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David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen perform with Van Halen at Cafe Wha? in New York.
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Van Halen's new album, A Different Kind of Truth, will be released in less than two weeks. In the meantime, here's an exclusive 90-second preview of the "Blood and Fire" from the album. The disc's first single, "Tattoo," was based on the group's unreleased 1977 track "Down In Flames." Another track on the album, "She's the Woman," which the group played live at their recent secret show in New York City, was originally recorded as a demo in 1976.

So we offer a challenge to Van Halen's hardcore fans: Does this sound like a completely new song, or do you hear anything that sounds like an old riff or melody? To be clear, there's absolutely nothing wrong with a band using old material on a new album. Groups do it all the time, and you can't plagiarize from yourself. In fact, many of Van Halen's most famous songs (including "Right Now") borrowed elements from older material. We're just curious to know how much of this Van Halen album was created with that process. 

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