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    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:58:01

    Eddie Van Halen to Speak at Museum of American History on February 12 - Find out when!

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    EVH has booked quite an engagement!

    That's right. Guitar legend Eddie Van Halen will speak at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and Zócalo Public Square February 12 in D.C. about innovation as part of the national "What It Means to Be American" program.

    How. Fucking. Cool.

    The Dutch immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen will discuss his American journey, his role in creating one of the biggest American rock bands of all time, how he has reinvented the way the guitar is played and designed, and he will answer the question, "Is rock 'n' roll about reinvention?" Entertainment journalist Denise Quan will moderate the sold-out event.

    OMG, those are all burning Qs we'd have for EVH! Can't wait to see how he responds.

    For the event, Van Halen and Fender will donate a master-built replica of Van Halen's infamous white-with-black-stripe Stratocaster. This is the guitar that changed the guitar world in 1978 when Van Halen cross-pollinated Gibson electronics with Fender body and neck designs. To represent the path of progressions in his instrument designs, a Stealth finished EVH Brand Wolfgang will also be included to represent his modern-day workhorse.

    In addition to the guitars, Van Halen and Fender Musical Instruments Corp. will also donate an EVH Brand 5150-III amplifier and speaker cabinet to embody the journey and progression of his amplifier designs from the early ’70s through the modern day.

    Get more details on the event at WhatItMeansToBeAmerican.org.

    So awesome! What is your fave EVH riff?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    01.29.15



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