Yesterday (September 17), the city of Pasadena, Calif., held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Van Halen Stage at Playhouse Village Park. As reported by BraveWords, the event took place following a 2021 citywide investigation that resulted in the city council voting to name the scene after the group (which was formed by residents Eddie and Alex Van Halen in 1972).
In October 2021 (exactly one year after Eddie Van Halen’s death), a plaque dedicated to the late guitarist was also revealed. It is currently located on a wall outside the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and it reads:
The Van Halen family emigrated from the Netherlands to Pasadena in 1962. Alex and Eddie Van Halen attended schools in Pasadena and began playing music with Eddie on guitar and Alex on drums. Years later, the brothers formed the band Van Halen, with bassist Michael Anthony and vocalist David Lee Roth. Between 1975 and 1978, Van Halen gave 14 concerts at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Conference Center.
Considered one of the most successful bands of all time, Van Halen will forever be remembered for reinventing Rock ‘n’ Roll and its connection to Pasadena.
Talk to Pasadena Now at the time, Mayor Victor Gordo said he was “honored” to serve the group’s margaritas when they stopped by the Mexican restaurant Ranchera (where he worked when he was younger). He added, “As a young teenager, I couldn’t afford a concert ticket, but I was definitely a fan.”
You can watch a video of the plaque dedication below:
Eddie Van Halen plaque dedication in Pasadena, California on October 11, 2021
Interestingly, Blabbermouth noted, Eddie Van Halen himself received 3,400 “favorable responses” to the aforementioned citywide survey (with runner-up, science fiction writer Octavia Butler, receiving around 525 “favorable responses”). Once the beloved six-string virtuoso was cast, the Van Halen family “requested that the stage be named after the entire Van Halen band” instead of just their brilliant six-string virtuoso.
You can see various posts on social media relating to yesterday’s dedication below:
Likewise, you can check out some videos of the ribbon cutting itself below: