Eddie Van Halen Tribute Approved In Pasadena
It Began With A GoFundMe Page
A memorial plaque honoring the late rock and guitar legend Eddie Van Halen in his former hometown of Pasadena, California has just received the “formal approval” from the local city council. It will be installed near the city Convention Center, which is next to the Civic Auditorium – the location where Van Halen played several shows in the ’70s.
Spearheaded by Pasadena residents Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura, they set up a GoFundMe page for the memorial and managed to raise $6,500.
“We have received formal approval for our plaque which is set to be installed at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium!” Randa wrote on the page. “This plaque will honor Edward Van Halen and highlight the role that the Pasadena Civic played in VAN HALEN’s rise to international stardom.”
“The plaque will honor the early days of VAN HALEN and the importance of their performances at the Pasadena Civic in the 1970’s,” Randa added. “In addition to a brief description about the Van Halen family and the band, and their relationship to Pasadena, it will also include the infamous VAN HALEN logo, which the band has approved for display on the plaque. Pasadena 4 Van Halen will be acknowledged on the plaque for the generous donations that you have all made to support this effort.”
They’re still working out the details and installation.