Yesterday (September 17) was the city of Pasadena, California. held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Van Halen Stage at Playhouse Village Park. As reported by BraveWordsthe event took place following a 2021 citywide survey that resulted in the City Council voting to name the stage after the group (which was formed by residents Eddie and Alex Van Halen in 1972).
Back in October 2021 (exactly one year after Eddie Van Halen died), a plaque dedicated to the late guitarist was also unveiled. It is currently located on a wall outside the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and reads:
The Van Halen family emigrated from Holland 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, along with bassist Michael Anthony and vocalist David Lee Roth. Between 1975 and 1978, Van Halen performed 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 their connection to Pasadena.
Talking to Pasadena now at the time, Mayor Victor Gordo said he was “honored” to serve the band margaritas when they visited Ranchera Mexican restaurant (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 Oct. 11, 2021
Interestingly enough, Blabbermouth note that Eddie Van Halen himself received 3,400 “favorable responses” to the aforementioned city-wide survey (with the runner-up, science fiction writer Octavia Butler receiving about 525 “favorable responses”). Once the beloved six-string virtuoso was chosen, the Van Halen family “asked that the stage area be named after the entire Van Halen band” instead of just their shiny six-string virtuoso.
You can see various social media posts talking about yesterday’s dedication below:
You can also watch a few videos of the actual ribbon cutting below: