Artist Robert Vargas has designed a larger than life portrait mural of Eddie Van Halen he's titled Long Live The King that fills an exterior wall of the Guitar Center in Hollywood. The official unveiling will take place on the late guitar wizard's birthday on January 26th, but you can get a look at it right now in this video.
Wolfgang Van Halen delayed release of his solo debut album until 2021 in order to devote more time and attention to his ailing father. With so many others contending with losses, he decided to share a song that will be on the release that he describes as a open letter to Eddie Van Halen and adds, "While this song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life." Here is The Distance.
Before becoming one of the biggest acts in Rock, Van Halen was playing almost anyplace it could in SoCal, including an April, 1975 set at Pasadena High School, where the group did a covers heavy set that included songs by Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Edgar Winter and the James Gang. Fortunately, whoever did the sound that night also recorded a board tape.
Red Rocker Sammy Hagar earned a spot on San Francisco's Bay Area Music Awards Walk of Fame on Friday (3/23). The Montrose and Van Halen veteran joins Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, the Jefferson Starship, Journey, John Lee Hooker and Fillmore East/West and Avalon Ballroom concert promoter Bill Graham on the walk.
Eddie Van Halen has generated enough mind melding guitar solos and riffs in his career that there's a good chance more than one of his would make the top 10 of lists compiled by other guitar greats. So who's play earned a place in Eddie's list of favorites? Billboard set out to find out from the man himself.
Eddie VanHalen made a guest interview appearance at the Smithsonian Thursday (2/12). The interviewer is a bit ditsy and Eddie's uncomfortably out of his element, but the session provides some interesting insights into one of Rock's best axe men.
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