Commemorative Eddie Van Halen Pasadena plaque gets formal approval for installation

Eddie Van Halen performing live in 1982
(Image credit: Larry Marano/Getty Images)

A memorial plaque honoring late electric guitar legend Eddie Van Halen has received formal approval to be installed in his hometown of Pasadena at the city’s Civic Auditorium – a venue EVH played at numerous times between 1975 and 1978.

The commemorative initiative was championed by Pasadena residents Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura, who, through a GoFundMe page, raised over $6,500 from fans to push through the permanent plaque.

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Matt Owen
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Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.