The mayor and members of the city council of Eddie Van Halen’s hometown of Pasadena, Ca unveiled a memorial plaque to the late legendary guitarist.
According to Pasadena Now, Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo and council members Tyron Hampton, Andy Wilson, Gene Masuda and Felicia Williams unveiled the plaque on a wall outside of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium during a private ceremony. COVID restrictions prevented public attendance. The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is a fitting placement for the plaque, as Van Halen played 14 concerts at the Civic Auditorium between 1975 to 1978, which launched Van Halen to stardom, after his family had emigrated from the Netherlands to Pasadena.
Said council member Williams: “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!” A close-up of the memorial plaque below can be viewed in the Instagram post – here.
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