The Van Halen stage erected in honor of the late guitarist

There’s no doubt that the Van Halen name will live on forever in Pasadena, but now there’s a scene to prove it.

In honor of Eddie Van Halen, the Van Halen Stage was recently erected in the guitar legend’s hometown, the same California town where iconic ’80s band Van Halen formed there. is 50 years old.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 17, unveiling the scene of the Memorial Pavilion in a newly constructed community park and recreation area. A children’s play area and a dog park will be among the other permanent facilities surrounding the stage.

The stage was originally intended to be named after the late guitarist only, however, at the request of his family, it was named after the entire band instead. The guitarist was first honored by his hometown with a memorial plaque after the first anniversary of his passing.

Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, 2020, after a long battle with throat cancer. Following news of his passing, tributes to the rock legend poured in from all corners of the music industry.

“Eddie Van Halen was a guitar superhero. A true virtuoso. An incredibly good musician and composer. Watching him as a young child was one of the driving forces behind my need to pick up a guitar,” wrote John Mayer, another powerhouse guitarist in a sincere message.

“Legendary guitar and musical innovator Edward Van Halen.1955-2020. Heaven will be electric tonight,” rocker Lenny Kravitz share.

“@EddieVanHalen was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever worked with and we shared so many laughs together. His influence on music and especially guitar was immeasurable. He was an absolute legend. Eddie, I see you on the other side, my friend”, Ozzy Osbourne written in tribute.

The group, Van Halen, was formed in 1972, consisting of Dutch-born, Pasadena-raised brothers, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, along with fellow Pasadena transplants David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony. The band would go on to define 80s hard rock.

Revisit Eddie’s legendary guitar chops below.

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