Eddie Van Halen’s former guitar tech has plans to erect an EVH statue in Pasadena

Dutch-born American Rock musician Eddie Van Halen (1955 - 2020), of the group Van Halen, performs onstage at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, April 26, 1979.
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Guitar Center recently unveiled Robert Vargas' "Long Live the King" Eddie Van Halen artwork, a massive 17ft by 105ft hand-painted design that covers the entire rear entrance of the flagship Guitar Center store on the iconic Sunset Strip.

Now, Eddie’s longtime electric guitar tech, Rudy Leiren, has plans in the works for a Pasadena memorial to the late guitar great.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.