Artist Robert Vargas is paying tribute to the late great Eddie Van Halen by painting a mural of the legendary guitarist at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA. Leeza London of KXFM 104.7 FM recently shared a video report regarding that and it can be seen below. The mural is expected to be unveiled on January 26.
During a recent interview with New York’s Q104.3 radio station, former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony were asked about the possibility of a tribute show for the band’s late guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Hagar responded with the following:
“It’s gotta happen. Of course it’s gonna happen. No one’s really connected all the dots with everyone involved, but I have been told, and I have read interviews with various people involved — with Wolfie [Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen] and Valerie [Bertinelli, Eddie’s ex-wife] and Eddie’s wife [Janie] that he was married to at the time — they all said as soon as this is over, we’re gonna get everybody together and do a tribute or whatever; just a ‘thank you,’ a goodbye, a send-off. And that’s an absolute must. I don’t care if it takes 10 years — that will happen. And if we’re available to do it, we’ll do it.”
During a recent interview on the “Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown” podcast, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony opened up about Eddie Van Halen’s death. Sadly, he revealed that the two never got a chance to reconcile before the legendary guitarist passed away. Anthony said the following:
“We actually hadn’t spoken [for many years], and unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to. And, you know, it kind of bothers me, because we had some issues that were never resolved. But, I mean, what can you do? We were on track [for] a reunion, which I’m really sad that it never happened. But, you know, life and the show goes on.”
The National Guitar Museum has honored the late great Eddie Van Halen with their “Lifetime Achievement Award.” This is the first time that the award was presented in memoriam. The museum issued the following statement:
“It is perhaps fitting that we don’t need to explain why Eddie is deserving of such an honor everyone who has ever heard his guitar playing knows. Eddie certainly would have received this award at some point in the future, as it seemed that he still had a lifetime of guitar greatness to give. Several of the people we’ve honored over the past decade have left us in the years since we presented them with the award. In this case, however, the sadness of Eddie Van Halen’s passing is somehow harder to accept. Thanks, Eddie. We only wish we could deliver this in person.”
Eddie Van Halen’s cause of death has officially been revealed. According to a death certificate obtained by TMZ, the legendary guitarist died from a cerebrovascular event (medical term for stroke). He was also battling pneumonia, a bone marrow disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome, lung cancer, squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) of the head and neck, and atrial fibrillation. Van Halen was cremated and his son Wolfgang Van Halen is expected to honor his wishes by scattering his ashes off the coast of Malibu, CA.
On December 10, Nate D. Sanders Auctions will be auctioning off a guitar that was played and signed by the late Eddie Van Halen. The following was said about the instrument:
“Eddie Van Halen personally designed (hand-striped) custom guitar, owned and played onstage by Eddie at the 16 February 2008 show in Jacksonville, Florida. Charvel guitar is signed by Eddie in silver marker, with the Jacksonville concert date also written by him as well as ”Van Halen ’08”. In custom EVH (Eddie Van Halen) Charvel guitar case, and with COA signed by Eddie Van Halen showing serial number of 173, matching EVH plate on guitar. Near fine condition. A fantastic rock collectible personally designed, played and signed by one of the greatest guitar players of all time.”
The drum kit that Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen played on the band’s 1980 “Invasion” tour is currently on sale for $275,000 via Reverb. Here’s a description of it:
“Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Alex Van Halen stage-played complete kit on Van Halen 1980 Invasion Tour, photo documented w/ drums and cymbals obtained directly from Alex through author of CRASH: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits (no gong or fire extinguisher included). Was on display at the RRHOF. See pix for details. A portion of proceeds goes to charity.”
Carillonneur Malgosia Fiebig recently paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen by playing Van Halen’s music from the Dom Tower of Utrecht, aka the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. You can check that out below. It’s worth noting that the legendary guitarist was born in the Netherlands before immigrating to Pasadena, CA.
[via Van Halen News Desk]
Two of the late Eddie Van Halen’s guitars are set to auctioned off during Julien’s Auction’s “Icons & Idols: Rock And Roll” auction, which is set to take place on December 4-5 in Beverly Hills. The instruments include a customized 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series guitar and a customized electric guitar that the legendary musician built with his guitar tech Matt Bruck. Both guitars are estimated to sell for $40,000 to $80,000. Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions, commented:
“As we were preparing for our annual Icons & Idols: Rock and Roll auction lineup, we were stunned to hear the sad news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing last week. We are honored to include at this event two iconic guitars from his brilliant and blazing career as one of rock’s greatest and most gifted guitar heroes. His instruments join their rightful place among other rock royalty items from Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith and many others we look forward to announcing in the coming weeks.”
Footage of the late Eddie Van Halen’s final show with Van Halen has surfaced online. The clip features soundboard audio and it can be found below. The concert took place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on October 4, 2015.