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.
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.
The late Eddie Van Halen was honored during last night’s (October 14) Billboard Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Organizers of the ceremony played a clip of Van Halen performing “Panama” during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards and followed it with a shot of a Frankenstrat guitar under a spotlight. Kelly Clarkson hosted the show and she had the following to say about the legendary guitarist: “Just a few days ago, a true giant was taken from us: Eddie Van Halen. He was a legendary guitarist, an amazing musician and an incredible songwriter.” After the “Panama” clip, she added: “That moment is one that all who saw will always remember.”
BPMD, the band featuring Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), have premiered a new video for their cover of Van Halen’s “D.O.A.” in honor of the late Eddie Van Halen. This track is from the group’s covers album “American Made,“ which was released in June. BPMD commented:
“The world lost an icon, innovator, showman, virtuoso, master songwriter and perhaps one of the biggest inspirations ever to learn how to play guitar. This video is meant to be a tribute to Ed, nothing more, and we hope you enjoy. We will always have Eddie in our hearts.”
Satchel (Steel Panther), Dee Dammers (U.D.O., Dirkschneider), Michael ´Mülli´ Müller (Jaded Heart), André Hilgers (Bonfire), Matt Jones (ex-The Treatment), Patrick Sühl (Victor Smolski´s Almanac), and Sven Dirkschneider (U.D.O., Dirkschneider) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Van Halen’s “Unchained.” Dammers said the following about that:
“A couple of weeks ago, we started to record ‘Unchained’ by Van Halen. It is with deep sadness that we heard about passing away of Edward Lodewijk ‘Eddie’ Van Halen on the 6th of October 2020. Our condolences go out to the family.”
During his performance on “Saturday Night Live” last night (October 10), Jack White paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen by playing “Lazaretto” with a cobalt blue model guitar that was designed by the legendary guitarist. White said the following about that:
“I thought it could be a nice gesture for me to use this blue Eddie Van Halen model guitar for one of the songs tonight on SNL. The guitar was designed by Eddie (with a few customizations I had added). Eddie was very kind to me and saw to it that this guitar was made for me to my specs. I wont even insult the man’s talent by trying to play one of his songs tonight. Thanks again Eddie for this guitar and rest in peace sir.”
Former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen with a moment of silence and a performance of Van Halen’s “Right Now” during Hagar’s recent birthday bash. That event was held at Catalina Island on October 8 and it will be available to stream on October 17.
In late 2018, there were rumors circulating that seemed to suggest that Van Halen were planning to reunite with bassist Michael Anthony for a 2019 summer stadium tour. Now, during an interview with Pollstar, the band’s manager Irving Azoff confirmed that the trek came close to happening and that Metallica and Foo Fighters were tentatively set to join the group on select dates. However, the massive tour never materialized due to the late Eddie Van Halen’s health issues. Azoff said the following:
“We had lots of stops and starts, but there was every intention of doing a summer stadium tour [in 2019], and as the cancer moved around, [Van Halen] was physically unable to do it. There is no doubt in my mind that it would have been massive”
Former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have shared a new video tribute for the late Eddie Van Halen. The clip was recorded after the recent rehearsals for “Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash 2020.” That event is being filmed at Catalina Island today (October 8) and it will stream on October 17.