Wolfgang Van Halen Says He Was Asked To Perform “Eruption” At The Grammy Awards

Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang Van Halen has commented on the lackluster tribute that was put together for the legendary guitarist during this year’s Grammy Awards. Notably, Wolfgang also revealed that he was offered a chance to perform “Eruption” at the event, but he declined.

Wolfgang said the following:

“The Grammys asked me to play ‘Eruption’ for the ‘In Memoriam’ section and I declined. I don’t think anyone could have lived up to what my father did for music but himself.

It was my understanding that there would be an ‘In Memoriam’ section where bits of songs were performed for legendary artists that had passed. I didn’t realize that they would only show Pop for 15 seconds in the middle of 4 full performances for others we had lost.

What hurt the most was that he wasn’t even mentioned when they talked about artists we lost in the beginning of the show. I know rock isn’t the most popular genre right now, (and the academy does seem a bit out of touch) but I think it’s impossible to ignore the legacy my father left on the instrument, the world of rock, and music in general. There will never be another innovator like him.

I’m not looking to start some kind of hate parade here, I just wanted to explain my side. I know Pop would probably just laugh it off and say ‘Ehh who gives a shit?’ He was only about the music anyway. The rest didn’t matter.

I’d love to get the opportunity to speak with The Recording Academy not only about the legacy of my father, but the legacy of the Rock genre moving forward.

Thank you.”

Michael Anthony On The Possibility Of An Eddie Van Halen Tribute Show: “There Has To Be One”

During a recent interview with Matt Pinfield on the KLOS series “New & Approved,” former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony was asked about the possibility of a tribute show for the band’s late guitarist Eddie Van Halen. He responded with the following:

“There has to be one. Obviously, we all loved Eddie, and the music was all great, whether you’re a Dave [Lee Roth] fan, a Sammy [Hagar] fan, a Gary [Cherone] fan, or whatever. And it’s gotta be celebrated at some point. But, obviously, now is not the time, because his family’s grieving, his son’s grieving, [and] I’m still trying to wrap my head around it actually having happened. But I’m sure it will happen some time here in the hopefully not-too-distant future. And I’m definitely in when it does happen. It’ll be a great celebration, I think.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Eddie Van Halen Mural Officially Unveiled At Guitar Center’s Flagship Store In Hollywood

In celebration of his 66th birthday (January 26, 2021), Guitar Center have officially unveiled their new mural of the late great Eddie Van Halen. The piece of art was created by Robert Vargas and it can be seen at the company’s flagship store in Hollywood, California.

Vargas commented [via Blabbermouth]:

“Eddie was one of my creative heroes. When I was young, the debut Van Halen record was the first album I ever owned. He influenced me over the years in so many different ways. As soon as the news hit of his passing, I knew I had to do something creative to memorialize him, and Guitar Center was the obvious venue. Right here on the Sunset Strip, where the band made their bones – I can’t think of a better place for this tribute to him, and I thank Guitar Center for giving me the canvas to share it with the world.”

Jean-Claude Escudie, Guitar Center category manager, added:

“Eddie Van Halen was a truly monumental force in rock music. He made lead guitar playing popular when it might have been slipping away into punk and new wave minimalist territory, and then basically the entire 80s hard rock scene followed in his wake. Guitar Center saw this first-hand, as generations of lead guitarists have flocked to our stores to try to capture something of what inspires them about Eddie’s sound. Besides that, sometimes people forget that he was an immigrant and multi-racial, so in so many ways his story is the story of the American experience.”

Vargas went on to say that he wants people to see Eddie “in his full glory” when they look at the mural:

“When you work hard at something, you can reach your full potential. Be true to your art, and your art will be true to you. I had the chance to meet Eddie a few years back, and because he and I connected on the nature of art and creativity, painting him here is therapeutic. Thank you, Guitar Center for allowing me to use my creative process to connect with him one more time and share it with the world.”

Watch Artist Robert Vargas Paint Eddie Van Halen Mural In Hollywood, CA

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.

Sammy Hagar On The Possibility Of An Eddie Van Halen Tribute Show: “It’s Gotta Happen”

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Michael Anthony Says He Never Got To Reconcile With Eddie Van Halen Before His Death

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

National Guitar Museum Honors Eddie Van Halen With “Lifetime Achievement Award”

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Eddie Van Halen’s Official Cause Of Death Revealed

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.

Guitar Played And Signed By Eddie Van Halen To Be Auctioned Off

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.”

Alex Van Halen’s Stage-Played 1980 Drum Kit On Sale For $275,000

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.”