According to the Pasadena Star-News, a memorial honoring legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen was discussed on Monday (October 26) by the City Council in Pasadena, California, where the band was formed nearly five decades ago.
City manager Steve Mermell was directed to come up with ideas for how to best honor the musician, who died on October 6 at the age of 65.
Among suggestions for the memorial are for alleyway Electric Drive to be renamed for Eddie; erecting a monument somewhere in the city; renaming a park; a life-size statue; and turning his childhood home into a historic landmark.
Councilman Victor Gordo suggested that Mermell bring together a public group to figure out for the most appropriate way to remember Van Halen, who attended school in Pasadena with his drummer brother Alex, and played backyard parties in the area with VAN HALEN in the early 1970s before signing a record deal and achieving worldwide fame.
In the last three weeks, the city has been bombarded with requests to pay tribute to Eddie “to recognize both his local connection to Pasadena, as well as the impact that his artistry had on music,” Mermell wrote in a report.
Following Eddie‘s death after a long battle with cancer, fans left flowers at his childhood home on Las Lunas Street in Pasadena. Additional flowers, candles and fan mementos were placed on Allen Avenue where Eddie and Alex scratched their band’s name into the wet cement of a sidewalk when they were teenagers.
VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked Eddie Van Halen No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.
We are saddened by the news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing. Pasadena was home to Eddie and his family for many years. Our condolences go out to the entire Van Halen family. https://t.co/rpE8TObCOI
— City of Pasadena (@PasadenaGov) October 6, 2020
We are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of #PCCAlum #EddieVanHalen. We hope Eddies legacy inspires the next generation of backyard student musicians. Eddie, you will truly be missed. Rest In Peace. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/CGawXHmy2Z
— PasadenaCityCollege (@PCCLancer) October 6, 2020
The Van Halen childhood home on Las Lunas in Pasadena is dark tonight, but some kind soul placed some ? on the curb. RIP EVH pic.twitter.com/EEQ0TDezwl
— Greg Renoff (@GregRenoff) October 7, 2020
As a kid growing up in Pasadena in the 1980s, there was a very real sense than Van Halen was our hometown band. https://t.co/Eb6alrOkR5
— Chris (@chrisvolk) October 7, 2020
Eddie Van Halen grew up in Pasadena, and in the late 70s carved the name into some wet cement outside a store in Pasadena (corner of Allen and Villa). Stopped by today, where a small shrine has formed. I wasn’t the only person there, either #RIPEddieVanHalen #RIPEVH #VanHalen pic.twitter.com/cIjB1fWPW1
— Rachel (@rachillax_13) October 7, 2020
— Arun Sabherwal (@mobydick2010) October 7, 2020