Eddie Van Halen Plaque to be Installed at Pasadena Civic Auditorium

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September 23, 2021 at 4:24 pm Quote #64696



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September 23, 2021 at 4:55 pm Quote #64697



EDDIE VAN HALEN Memorial Plaque In Pasadena Gets Formal Approval
September 18, 2021

A memorial honoring legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen in his former hometown of Pasadena, California has received a “formal approval” to be installed near the city Convention Center, which is next to the Civic Auditorium, where VAN HALEN played a number of times between 1975 and 1978.

The memorial tribute push has been spearheaded by Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura, two Pasadena residents who raised $6,500 through GoFundMe donations from fans from around the world for a permanent memorial in the city.


In a September 16 update on the Pasadena 4 Van Halen GoFundMe page, Randa wrote: “Julie and I are so grateful for your patience, and we finally have a BIG announcement!

“We have received formal approval for our plaque which is set to be installed at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium! This plaque will honor Edward Van Halen and highlight the role that the Pasadena Civic played in VAN HALEN’s rise to international stardom.

“Our plaque has been vetted by the Van Halen Family and approved by The City of Pasadena, and the Executive Board of the Pasadena Civic Operating Company. As you know, we have been working towards this for some time and we are delighted to share that the plaque has been ordered and will be fabricated very soon.

“The plaque will honor the early days of VAN HALEN and the importance of their performances at the Pasadena Civic in the 1970′s. In addition to a brief description about the Van Halen family and the band, and their relationship to Pasadena, it will also include the infamous VAN HALEN logo, which the band has approved for display on the plaque. Pasadena 4 Van Halen will be acknowledged on the plaque for the generous donations that you have all made to support this effort. It’s going to be so beautiful and we can’t wait for you all to see it one day soon!

“The details surrounding the fabrication and installation of the plaque are still being worked out. We will keep you informed as we learn more, including details on when the plaque will be unveiled.”

Julie A. Gutierrez, Pasadena assistant city manager, wrote in her weekly newsletter dated September 16, 2021: “Eric Duyshart, Economic Development Manager, reports the Pasadena Center Operating Committee recently reviewed and endorsed the language and location of a memorial plaque to be placed in honor of the late legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, a member of the award-winning band VAN HALEN, on their site.


“Following the passing of Eddie Van Halen on October 6, 2020, the City received several requests and suggestions from the community to do or name something in Mr. Van Halen’s honor to recognize both his local connection to Pasadena, as well as the impact that his artistry had on music. Given the band’s connection to Pasadena and the hometown pride expressed by residents, several requests have been made to name a street, alley, or other monument (including a memorial plaque) in the band’s honor. Pasadena 4 Van Halen, a local group has raised money to fund this effort.

“The placement of monuments, including memorial plaques, is under the administrative jurisdiction of the City Manager. Monuments must meet criteria for appropriateness, compatibility with the surrounding environment, impacts on existing use, etc. The Executive Committee of the PCOC endorsed the overall effort to place a plaque outside the Civic Auditorium, a location where the band played several of its earliest perfo1mances. It is anticipated that the fabrication of the plaque will take several weeks and will be ready for installation and a dedication sometime around the anniversary of the late musician’s passing.”

This past April, Pasadena Now reported that the Eddie Van Halen memorial near the city Convention Center could not — due to legal issues — contain Van Halen’s likeness or his famous “Frankenstrat” guitar.

Last October, a City Council meeting was held in Pasadena where a memorial honoring Eddie was discussed.

City manager Steve Mermell was directed to come up with ideas for how to best honor the musician, who died earlier that same month at the age of 65.

In the first three weeks after Eddie’s death, the city was bombarded with requests to pay tribute to the guitarist “to recognize both his local connection to Pasadena, as well as the impact that his artistry had on music,” Mermell wrote in a report.

“Recognizing Van Halen the band and/or individual members should be considered,” according to the report. “With his passing, Eddie Van Halen’s international recognition as a musical artist is noted for the significant impact he had on the Rock & Roll genre and his legacy is a source of hometown pride for the city.”

Following Eddie’s death after a long battle with cancer, fans left flowers at his childhood home on Las Lunas Street in Pasadena. Additional flowers, candles and fan mementos were placed on Allen Avenue where Eddie and Alex scratched their band’s name into the wet cement of a sidewalk when they were teenagers.

VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Eddie Van Halen No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

October 9, 2021 at 8:56 am Quote #64780



Pasadena prepares to unveil Eddie Van Halen memorial
The public is not invited to Monday’s ceremony due to coronavirus protocols and the family will also not be present due to scheduling conflicts, officials said Thursday, but they hope residents will enjoy the memorial for years to come.

By Brennon Dixson | bdixson@scng.com | Pasadena Star-News
PUBLISHED: October 7, 2021 at 3:18 p.m.
UPDATED: October 7, 2021 at 4:29 p.m.

Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen will be memorialized in Pasadena almost a year after his death.

Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo and fellow council members are expected to unveil a recently installed plaque outside of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Monday morning to honor the late great guitarist and his connection to the city.

The public is not invited to Monday’s ceremony due to coronavirus protocols and the family will also not be present due to scheduling conflicts, officials said Thursday, but they hope residents will enjoy the memorial for years to come.

Shortly after his death on Oct. 6, 2020, city leaders received requests from the community to take action or name something in van Halen’s honor to recognize both his local connection to Pasadena as well as the impact that his artistry had on music.

One suggestion would see alleyway Electric Drive renamed for Van Halen — or, as his name was written in a 2020 staff report, Edward L. Van Halen.

Residents who live near Electric Drive spoke out against renaming the alleyway — which runs behind the Raymond Theater, one of Van Halen’s rehearsal spaces — so others suggested potentially erecting a monument somewhere in the city.

“Given the band’s connection to Pasadena,” city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said Thursday, “we agreed it was appropriate to place a plaque outside the Civic Auditorium.”

The location is where the band played several of its earliest performances, according to Derderian added, mentioning Pasadena 4 Halen, a group led by Pasadena residents, raised money from donors and fans of the musician and band to fund the plaque.

Who is Van Halen?

Eddie and his drum-playing brother Alex Van Halen both attended Pasadena High School decades before Eddie died from cancer Oct. 6 at age 65.

Together, the pair co-founded the famed eponymous rock band, Van Halen — along with friends David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony, who also grew up in the Pasadena area.

The guitarist is revered as one of the industry’s all-time greats and the band’s beginnings are traced to Pasadena City College before they became household names.

By 1977, Van Halen the band secured its first recording contract and churned out several multi-platinum albums over the next decade.

By the mid-1980s, Van Halen was regarded as one of the best-selling rock artists of all time.

The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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October 11, 2021 at 8:01 pm Quote #64807



Mayor, Councilmembers Help Unveil Eddie Van Halen Memorial
Published on Monday, October 11, 2021 | 11:13 am

Mayor Victor Gordo poses with new bronze plaque honoring Eddie Van Halen, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, shortly after its unveiling on October 11, 2021. [Photo by Eddie Rivera]

Pasadena civic leaders Monday honored one of the city’s favorite sons, Eddie Van Halen, with a plaque on the wall outside of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

The legendary guitarist moved to Pasadena from Holland in 1962. Eddie and his brother Alex Van Halen attended Pasadena High School. They teamed with John Muir High School student David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony to form the legendary band known for “Jump” and “Panama.”

Eddie became one of the most innovative and imitated rock guitarists since Jimi Hendrix.

Van Halen played the Pasadena Civic Auditorium 14 times between 1975 and 1978, and was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Eddie died from complications caused by throat cancer on Oct. 6. He was 65.

Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo honored their musical contributions and noted that as a young boy working at Ranchera Mexican restaurant he was “honored” to serve them margaritas, as they visited the restaurant.

“As a young teen, I could not afford a concert ticket, but I was definitely a fan,” said Gordo.

Gordo helped unveil the plaque along with council members Tyron Hampton, Andy Wilson, Gene Masuda and Felicia Williams.

“This event brings together history and community to celebrate a world-renowned artist,” said Williams. “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!”

Van Halen played the Pasadena Civic Auditorium 14 times between 1975 and 1978. Shown is a vintage poster from one of those appearances. [Image courtesy of the City of Pasadena]

Williams recognized Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura, who initiated the plaque efforts by raising money on a crowdfunding site. With a goal of $3,000, the pair eventually raised more than $7,000 to make the plaque idea happen.

In interviews, Alex and Eddie said they were bullied because they were mixed race and spoke little English. In a 2017 interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Eddie Van Halen remembered his first friends in America were Black and protected him from local bullies.

Despite those incidents, Eddie Van Halen said he was grateful for his experience as an immigrant.

“Coming here with approximately $50 and a piano, not being able to speak the language, going through everything to get to where we are, if that’s not the American dream, I don’t know what is,” he said in the interview.

Williams also noted that the Van Halen family, who lived on nearby Las Lunas Street, held a special place in her own family.

“They were half-Asian, like us,” she said. “I think Eddie and Alex were the first half-Asian people that I saw growing up, and my sister and brother and I really, really admired them for that. We thought, ‘Wow, there’s someone like us,’ which was not very common back then.”

The plaque honored the Van Halen Brothers’ Dutch-Indonesian roots, as the band rose from a Pasadena garage band called “Broken Crumbs” in the late 70s to become one of the most influential and highly regarded rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time.

The local group Pasadena 4 Van Halen raised the money to fund a plaque honoring the late singer.

“This project has been nearly a year in the making and it is because of your generosity that it is finally becoming a reality. Julie and I are so very grateful to all of you!” wrote Schmalfeld, one of the organizers for the plaque effort.

As Councilmember Tyron Hampton pointed out, while neither the surviving band members or family members attended the unveiling because of scheduling conflicts, the family supported the effort and voiced their gratitude to the city for the plaque.


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