EDDIE VAN HALEN - Pasadena Moves Forward With Plans For Memorial Honouring Late VAN HALEN Guitar Legend
April 22, 2021, 2 weeks ago
Pasadena Now is reporting that the city appears to be getting closer to honoring legendary guitarist and former Pasadena resident Eddie Van Halen, who founded the group Van Halen with his brother Alex.
Earlier this week, organizers who have been pushing for a memorial said on their GoFundMe page that they had met with a city official and an official with the Pasadena Center Operating Co.
Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura said as a result of the meeting they were invited to design a plaque honoring Van Halen, who died on October 6 at age 65 after a long battle with cancer.
The plaque would be installed near the city Convention Center, which is next to the Civic Auditorium, where the band played a dozen times between 1975 and 1978.
According to the GoFundMe page established by Schmalfeld and Kimura, $6,500 has been donated by fans from around the world.
The shows that Van Halen played at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium brought the band widespread recognition and a fan base that helped to launch them into international stardom.
“Van Halen’s epic rise from local garage band to hometown heroes to international superstars is nothing short of incredible,” said Schmalfeld. “We are so delighted that Van Halen will be recognized with a plaque celebrating the band’s Pasadena roots, and the important role that the Pasadena Civic Auditorium played in the band’s early success. We are delighted to make this significant donation in celebration of Edward Van Halen’s extraordinary talent and in honor of Van Halen’s Pasadena roots."
Read more at PasadenaNow.com.
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