A ribbon-reducing ceremony for the Van Halen Stage at a new park in Eddie Van Halen‘s former hometown of Pasadena, California — the metropolis where VAN HALEN fashioned 50 many years back — was held earlier currently (Saturday, September 17). Video and pictures of the function can be uncovered beneath.
The park, which was named Playhouse Village Park at the urging of the late Councilmember John J. Kennedy, is positioned at 701 East Union Street (amongst El Molino Avenue and Oak Knoll Avenue). It has open up house for informal recreation, relaxation, and local community gatherings kid’s playground with shade constructions community restrooms a 48-area parking plaza and a pet dog run.
The metropolis held community outreach to solicit tips for the identify of the new park, with the most preferred strategies becoming for Eddie Van Halen and science-fiction author Octavia Butler. Eddie Van Halen Park acquired in excess of 3,400 favorable responses in the study, Octavia E. Butler Park bought 526 favorable responses, and Playhouse Village Park and equivalent versions, like Playhouse Park, received 135, according to a tally documented jointly by the Planning and Neighborhood Development Section and the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Providers Division. The Van Halen household then asked for that the phase place be named for the whole VAN HALEN band in its place of exclusively for Eddie Van Halen. The Fee then amended its suggestion on the naming of the stage to the Van Halen Stage.
A memorial honoring Eddie Van Halen in Pasadena was officially unveiled past October — a little in excess of a calendar year immediately after his death. A plaque was introduced close to the metropolis Conference Heart, which is future to the Civic Auditorium, the place VAN HALEN played a quantity of times between 1975 and 1978.
A few of months soon after Van Halen‘s passing, a Metropolis Council meeting was held in Pasadena exactly where a memorial honoring Eddie was reviewed.
Metropolis supervisor Steve Mermell was directed to occur up with tips for how to most effective honor the musician, who died earlier that very same thirty day period at the age of 65.
In the 1st a few months soon after Eddie‘s loss of life, the city was bombarded with requests to fork out tribute to the guitarist “to acknowledge equally his regional relationship to Pasadena, as well as the impression that his artistry had on songs,” Mermell wrote in a report.
“Recognizing Van Halen the band and/or individual associates really should be considered,” according to the report. “With his passing, Eddie Van Halen‘s global recognition as a musical artist is famous for the major effects he had on the Rock & Roll genre and his legacy is a source of hometown pride for the city.”
“Presented the band’s relationship to Pasadena,” metropolis spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said Thursday, “we agreed it was acceptable to spot a plaque outside the Civic Auditorium.”
Adhering to Eddie‘s dying right after a lengthy fight with cancer, admirers left flowers at his childhood household on Las Lunas Road in Pasadena. Added bouquets, candles and fan mementos were being positioned on Allen Avenue where Eddie and Alex scratched their band’s identify into the soaked cement of a sidewalk when they ended up adolescents.
VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.
Rolling Stone journal rated Eddie Van Halen No. 8 in its record of the 100 best guitarists.
Very long awaited Grand Opening of our neighborhood park and Van Halen Phase. Searching forward to bringing grandkids and their…
“Jump”ing for joy at the wonderful grand opening of the new Playhouse Village Park nowadays with the Van Halen stage!…
Van Halen is having a phase dedicated in their title in Pasadena this early morning! Of course I’m right here, vivid & early!
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Posted by Joseph Carletta on Saturday, September 17, 2022
Thank You Pasadena!!! We ended up definitely delighted to see The Van Halen Stage dedicated this early morning! And wowza, SO a lot of Van Halen Fans there! We did it!!!
Posted by Pasadena 4 Van Halen on Saturday, September 17, 2022
Just went to the ribbon cutting for the Van Halen phase at the latest park in Pasadena. Sadly, none of the surviving…