A Van Halen stage was opened in Eddie Van Halen’s hometown of Pasadena.
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A ceremony was held over the weekend for the new park which will allow for informal recreation and community gatherings and includes a children’s play area, public restrooms, a 48-space parking bay and a dog park.
The park stage was originally intended to be named after the late guitarist, but was named after the entire band at the request of the Van Halen family, reports Blabbermouth.
You can see photos from the ceremony and video footage below.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Van Halen Stage at a new park in Eddie Van Halen’s former hometown of Pasadena, California, the town where Van Halen formed 50 years ago, was held September 17. #Music pic.twitter.com/HBP4eGow2R
– Music Beat (@MusicBeat5) September 18, 2022
I just attended the ribbon cutting for the Van Halen stage in the new park in Pasadena. Unfortunately, none of the survivors…
Thank you Pasadena!!! We were absolutely thrilled to see The Van Halen Stage dedicated this morning! And wowza, SO many Van Halen fans there! We did it!!!
posted by Pasadena 4 Van Halen Saturday, September 17, 2022
Long-awaited grand opening of our neighborhood park and Van Halen Stage. Looking forward to bringing the grandkids and their…
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A memorial plaque to Eddie Van Halen had already been unveiled in Pasadena last year after his death from throat cancer on October 6, 2020.
Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo and other council members attended the unveiling near the city’s Convention Center, which sits next to the Civic Auditorium. This is where Van Halen played several times between 1975 and 1978.
The tribute was led by two Pasadena residents, Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura, who created a GoFundMe page to set up a permanent memorial.
Meanwhile, Wolfgang Van Halen – the late guitarist‘s son – recently explained why a tribute to his father ultimately fell through.
Wolfgang was also among a host of stars who performed the first of two tribute concerts for late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins earlier this month alongside Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Kesha, Nile Rodgers, Chevy Metal and members of Hawkins’ own band The Coattail Cavaliers.
A second tribute show will take place at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27.