Eddie Van Halen Memorial Plaque Unveiled In Pasadena, CA

A memorial plaque honoring the late great Eddie Van Halen was unveiled near the Convention Center in Pasadena, CA earlier today (October 11). The ceremony was attended by the city’s mayor Victor Gordo and council members Tyrone Hampton, Andy Wilson, Gene Masuda, and Felicia Williams. The plaque was donated by Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura, who raised the money for it through GoFundMe. Williams told Pasadena Now the following:

“This event brings together history and community to celebrate a world-renowned artist. It’s not just the history of Eddie as a guitar legend, but also the challenges he faced growing up mixed race in Pasadena, which always spoke to me. And the community support and initiative to make this happen is inspiring. Thank you to everyone.”

Eddie Van Halen’s Son, Widow, And Former Bandmates Pay Tribute To The Legendary Guitarist On The First Anniversary Of His Death

It’s officially been one year since the world lost Eddie Van Halen. To mark the sad occasion, his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, his widow, Janie Van Halen, and two of his former bandmates, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, have all shared new tributes for the legendary guitarist. You can find those below:

Wolfgang Van Halen:

Janie Van Halen:

Sammy Hagar:

Michael Anthony:

“Eruption: Conversations” Book To Tell Eddie Van Halen’s Story In His Own Words

Music journalists Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill will be releasing a new book, titled “Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen,” on October 5 via Hachette Books. The effort will tell the legendary guitarist’s story in his own words. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Get a completely new look at guitar legend Eddie Van Halen with this groundbreaking oral history, composed of more than fifty hours of interviews with Eddie himself as well as his family, friends, and colleagues.

When rock legend Eddie Van Halen died of cancer on October 6, 2020, the entire world seemed to stop and grieve. Since his band Van Halen burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album in 1978, Eddie had been hailed as an icon not only to fans of rock music and heavy metal, but to performers across all genres and around the world. Van Halen’s debut sounded unlike anything that listeners had heard before and remains a quintessential rock album of the era.

Over the course of more than four decades, Eddie gained renown for his innovative guitar playing, and particularly for popularizing the tapping guitar solo technique. Unfortunately for Eddie and his legions of fans, he died before he was ever able to put his life down to paper in his own words, and much of his compelling backstory has remained elusive—until now.

In Eruption, music journalists Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill share with fans, new and old alike, a candid, compulsively readable, and definitive oral history of the most influential rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix. It is based on more than 50+ hours of unreleased interviews they recorded with Eddie Van Halen over the years, most of them conducted at the legendary 5150 studios at Ed’s home in Los Angeles. The heart of Eruption is drawn from these intimate and wide-ranging talks, as well as conversations with family, friends, and colleagues.

In addition to discussing his greatest triumphs as a groundbreaking musician, including an unprecedented dive into Van Halen’s masterpiece 1984, the book also takes an unflinching look at Edward’s early struggles as young Dutch immigrant unable to speak the English language, which resulted in lifelong issues with social anxiety and substance abuse. Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen also examines his brilliance as an inventor who changed the face of guitar manufacturing.

As entertaining as it is revealing, Eruption is the closest readers will ever get to hearing Eddie’s side of the story when it comes to his extraordinary life.”

Former Van Halen Members Sammy Hagar And Michael Anthony Launch Van Hagar Social Media Accounts

Ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have launched official Van Hagar accounts on Facebook and Instagram. The pages, which are called “Van Hagar / Other Half,” were created to celebrate the Hagar-era of the band. Hagar commented:

“Hey everybody, I’ve got some fresh news for you. Mikey and I have been checking out our old vintage footage of stuff we’ve been doing over the years with Van Hagar years and all that, and we found some of the coolest stuff. And we’re digging and we’re digging — we’re finding nuggets every day and we’re gonna share ’em with you.”

Anthony added:

“Hey, everyone keeps asking us, ‘Why don’t you post more of the Van Hagar years stuff?’ Well, guess what. You’ve got it. We’re gonna go through, dig through some of the archived stuff, try to find stuff you haven’t seen before — maybe some stuff that we haven’t seen in decades — and throw it up, and maybe post a couple of comments to go along with it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Wolfgang Van Halen On The Possibility Of An Eddie Van Halen Tribute Show: “I Definitely Think It Should Happen”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Wolfgang Van Halen was asked about the possibility of a tribute show for his late father Eddie Van Halen. He responded with the following:

“I definitely think that would be a great thing to do. It’s not in the immediate plans, ’cause that’s a lot of moving parts that you’ve gotta corral to get that to happen. But I definitely think it should happen. Absolutely.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Eddie Van Halen Stage-Played And Signed Charvel EVH Art Series Guitar Up For Auction

A Charvel EVH Art Series electric guitar which was played onstage and signed by the late great Eddie Van Halen is currently up for auction. You can bid on that via Iconic Auctions until May 15.

The following was said about the item:

“Presented here is an item that should capture your attention for good reason, as it stands as one of the best guitars we’ve ever had the privilege to offer at auction. This is a stage-used Charvel EVH Art Series electric guitar with black and yellow base pattern, played during a Van Halen concert at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA on May 5, 2012 by none other than Eddie Van Halen himself. In addition to playing the guitar, Van Halen has certified the guitar’s usage with a bold silver pen marker signature and inscription on the body that reads: “Tacoma WA 5-5-2012, Eddie Van Halen, VH 2012.”

EVH Art Series back plate features an edition number of “239.” Includes a handsome custom hardshell carrying case with large “EVH” logo to inner lining. In fine condition.

Designed by the master himself, the Charvel EVH Art Series guitar is based on Eddie Van Halen’s original Frankenstein guitar, which was the musician’s attempt to merge the sound of a classic Gibson guitar with the physical attributes and tremolo bar functionality of a Fender Stratocaster. The striped finish was the result of Van Halen painting the guitar differing colors, applying strips of masking tape after each coat, and then peeling to reveal his Shelleyan monstrosity.

Provenance on this guitar is absolutely rock-solid. Accompanied by a photo of Van Halen playing the guitar on stage, as well as a certificate of authenticity that is personally signed by Van Halen, who affirms that he played guitar “239” on “May 5, 2012, Tacoma, WA.” A phenomenal stage-used axe once wielded by the legendary Eddie Van Halen.

Van Halen is universally recognized by fans and critics as one of the greatest guitarists of all-time, with him often finishing in polls neck-and-neck with Jimi Hendrix. With Van Halen’s legacy already cemented, and with many of his contemporaries (such as Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour) selling their stage used guitars in the 7-figure range, it is glaringly obvious that a guitar with this provenance and significance stands as a tremendous investment opportunity.”

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.”