Eddie Van Halen memorial planned in Pasadena to honor iconic guitarist

Eddie Van Halen
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A memorial to honor legendary Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen is being planned in Pasadena, California, where the band formed almost 50 years ago.

The guitar icon passed away on October 6 following a lengthy battle with throat cancer, prompting an outpouring of grief from the guitar community

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.