A memorial honoring the legendary FROM HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen in his former hometown of Pasadena, Calif., received “formal approval” to be installed near the city’s convention center, which adjoins the Civic Auditorium, where FROM HALEN played several times between 1975 and 1978.
The commemorative tribute push was led by Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura, two Pasadena residents who raised $ 6,500 through GoFundMe donations from fans around the world for a permanent memorial in the city.
In a September 16 update on Pasadena 4 Van Halen’s GoFundMe page, Randa wrote: “Julie and i am so grateful for your patience, and we finally have a BIG announcement!
“We have received formal approval of our plaque to be installed at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium! This plaque will honor Edouard Van Halen and highlight the role the Pasadena Civic played in FROM HALENthe rise to international fame.
“Our plate has been verified by the Van Halen Family-owned and approved by the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Civic Operating Company Board of Directors. As you know, we have been working on this for quite some time and we are delighted to share that the plate has been ordered and will be manufactured very soon.
“The plaque will honor the early days of FROM HALEN and the significance of their performances at the Pasadena Civic in the 1970s. In addition to a brief description of the Van Halen family and group, and their relationship with Pasadena, it will also include the infamous FROM HALEN logo, which the group approved for display on the plaque. Pasadena 4 Van Halen will be recognized on the plaque for the generous donations you have all made to support this effort. It’s going to be so beautiful and we can’t wait for you all to see it one day soon!
“The details surrounding the fabrication and installation of the plate are still being worked out. We will keep you informed as we learn more, including details on when the plaque will be unveiled. ”
Julie A. Gutierrez, Deputy Director of the City of Pasadena, wrote in her weekly newsletter on September 16, 2021: “Eric Duyshart, Director of Economic Development, reports that the Central Pasadena Operations Committee recently reviewed and approved the language and location of a commemorative plaque that will be placed in honor of the late legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, member of the award-winning group FROM HALEN, on their site.
“Following the death of Eddie Van Halen on October 6, 2020, the City received several requests and suggestions from the community to do or name something in M. Van Halenthe honor of recognizing both his local connection to Pasadena, as well as the impact his art has had on music. Given the group’s connection to Pasadena and the hometown pride expressed by residents, several requests were made to name a street, lane, or other monument (including a commemorative plaque) in honor of the group. . Pasadena 4 Van Halen, a local group raised funds to finance this effort.
“The location of monuments, including commemorative plaques, falls within the administrative competence of the city manager. Monuments must meet criteria of relevance, compatibility with the surrounding environment, impact on existing use, etc. The PCOC executive committee approved the overall effort to place a plaque outside the Civic Auditorium, a location where the group performed many of their first performances. It is expected that the fabrication of the plaque will take several weeks and will be ready for installation and a dedication around the anniversary of the musician’s late death. ”
Last April, Pasadena Now reported that the Eddie Van Halen memorial near the city’s convention center could not – due to legal issues – contain Van Halenwith the effigy of or his famous guitar “Frankenstrat”.
Last October, a city council meeting was held in Pasadena where a memorial honoring Eddie has been discussed.
City manager Steve Mermel was tasked with coming up with ideas on how best to honor the musician, who died earlier the same month at the age of 65.
In the first three weeks after Eddiethe death of, the city has been bombarded with requests to pay homage to the guitarist “to recognize both his local connection to Pasadena, as well as the impact his art has had on music”, Mermel written in a report.
“To acknowledge Van Halen the group and / or individual members should be considered ”, according to the report. “With his death, Eddie Van Halen‘S international recognition as a musical artist is known for the significant impact he has had on the Rock & Roll genre and his legacy is a source of pride for the hometown. ”
Following EddieAfter her death after a long battle with cancer, fans left flowers at her childhood home on Las Lunas Street in Pasadena. Flowers, candles and additional fan memorabilia were placed on Allen Avenue where Eddie and Alexis carved their group’s name into the damp cement of a sidewalk when they were teenagers.
FROM HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Rolling stone classified magazine Eddie Van Halen No.8 in his list of the 100 greatest guitarists.