The city of Pasadena is set to pay tribute to Van Halen by naming a public stage after the band. The Pasadena City Council is expected to approve the name on Monday (April 11th).
According to Pasadena Now, the stage will be part of a new public park to be named after author Octavia E. Butler. It’s currently under construction at 701 East Union Street between El Molino Ave and Oak Knoll Ave. Construction is expected to be completed by this summer, according to the Department of Public Works.
An online public survey posted on the city’s website in July asked residents to propose names for the new park. Eddie Van Halen received the most votes with 3,400 while Butler received 526. The Van Halen family made a request that the stage area be named for the entire Van Halen band [who formed in Pasadena 50 years ago] instead of exclusively for Eddie Van Halen. As a result, the Commission amended its recommendation on February 8th to name the stage the Van Halen Stage.