An Eddie Van Halen memorial plaque is set to be unveiled on Monday morning.
Here are more details on the event from an article posted to the Pasadena Star-News website today (October 8):
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.by Brennon Dixson (Pasadena Star-News)