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FILE - In this June 1, 2012 file photo, guitarist Eddie Van Halen of the band Van Halen performs in Los Angeles. For Eddie Van Halen, making music is all about having good ears and a talent for experimenting with guitars and amps to create just the right sound. Now 60, Van Halen says he’s ready to get back on the road. His famous rock band has a new live album recorded in 2013 that’s waiting a release date _ its first live album with founding singer David Lee Roth. But first, Van Halen the guitarist is visiting the Smithsonian for a sold-out event Thursday to donate some instruments to the National Museum of American History. He will discuss his life as a Dutch immigrant who went on to innovate in music to create new guitar designs. He even holds patents on some inventions. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)

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