Pasadena Women Lead Push for Permanent Eddie Van Halen Memorial in Rock Star’s Former Hometown

first_img Community News More Cool Stuff Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Eddie Van Halen Photo courtesy Randa Schmalfeld and Julie KimuraTwo Pasadena women have embarked on an effort to commemorate the life of “Pasadena’s own guitar hero” Eddie Van Halen by having a street or alley named for the late rock star in the town where he grew up and formed his world-famous band.Eddie Van Halen and his namesake band have deep roots in Pasadena, where the Van Halen family moved from the Netherlands while the musician was a child. He and his brother Alex, found drummer of the band, attended Pasadena High School. The Van Halen brothers also went on to attend Pasadena City College before rocketing to world fame.Since his death from cancer on Oct. 6 at age 65, mourners have created imroptu tributes of flowers, artwork and even a guitar at the childhood home of the Van Halens, as well as at a sidewalk where the name “Van Halen” was scrawled in wet cement, which is widely storied to have been etched by the Van Halen brothers.But Randa Schmalfeld said she and friend, Julie Kimura, would love to see a permanent memorial to Eddie Van Halen, in the form of a street or an alley bearing his name.To that end, they’ve organized a fundraising campaign on to try and collect the $3,000 in fees needed to circulate a petition and get it before the City Council.“I feel like we should have dedicated space to honor Eddie Van Halen and his band,” Schmalfeld said.“He’s really Pasadena’s own guitar hero, and the original guitar hero,” she said.“I know of people who saw them play in backyard shows,” Schmalfeld said. “I’ve always loved their music.”“[Eddie Van Halen] exuded pure joy when he was playing,” she added. “That smile touches so many people in an emotional way.”The band has never received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Schmalfeld said, making the tribute all the more appropriate.“I think his legacy is going to be lasting,” she said. “We should honor our hometown band.”If the needed $3,000 for the petition is exceeded, Shmalfled said the surplus will be donated to music programs at Pasadena High School.In addition to circulating a petition, Schmalfeld said she also encouraged residents to email the City Council and voice support for permanently honoring Eddie Van Halen, including their street addresses in the messages.The fundraiser, which can be accessed at, had garnered just under $500 in donations as of Friday afternoon.Schmalfeld and Kimura have also set up a Facebook page to support the effort, which can be found at Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Pasadena Women Lead Push for Permanent Eddie Van Halen Memorial in Rock Star’s Former Hometown By BRIAN DAY Published on Friday, October 16, 2020 | 1:32 pmlast_img

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