A street artist renamed one of the stops in Brooklyn “Van Halen Avenue” to honor the guitarist, who died on October 6.
On October 6, the music world suffered a great loss. Eddie Van Halen, founder and guitarist of the iconic rock group Van Halen, died at 65. And to pay tribute to him, a street artist decided baptize with his name one of the subway stations from New York, in honor of the musician.
Last weekend Adrian Wilson, a city cultural agitator intervened a station in Brooklyn and renamed it the Van Halen brothers’ last name. The change was made in Van Siclen Avenue stop, which happened to be called Van Halen Avenue.
In an Instagram post, Wilson wrote: “I even explained on TV how this works and how easy it is. A famous person dies, find the name of a subway stop and put a sticker on it to commemorate the person! It is easy!”.
As he explained, the name change was short-lived: “I left it 4 days for someone else to head to Brooklyn and get the credit, but no one stepped up, so okay, I guess I have to do it myself … You’re welcome. “Last month the artist already had done something similar with the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Transform New York’s subway stations into monuments for great musicians now became a trend. Spotify turned Union Square and Broadway-Lafayette into elaborate memorials for Prince and David Bowie, respectively. The Franklin Avenue station in Brooklyn also happened to be for a short period of time Aretha Franklin Avenue.
According Variety, the Bowie tribute held in April and May 2018 was the most elaborate. It stretched along the walls and reached the ceiling beams of the interconnected stations. Promoted the exhibition David Bowie Is at the Brooklyn Museum and celebrated the artist’s relationship with New York throughout his career, in the SoHo neighborhood.
The death of the recent honoree, Eddie van Halen was known thanks to a message that his son Wolfgang published on social networks. “He was the best father I could ask for. Every moment I have shared with him on and off stage was a gift.” The guitarist died after battling for at least 6 years against throat cancer.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli who was married to Eddie between 1981 and 2007 shared a few warm words about her ex-husband. “40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you,” she wrote on her Instagram account along with a family photo in which she can be seen with Eddie and Wolfgang as a baby.
“You gave me the only true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang. Through all your challenging cancer treatments, you kept your beautiful spirit and that mischievous smile. I am so grateful that Wolfie and I were able to hug you in your last moments. I’ll see you in our next life, my love, “wrote the two-time Golden Globe winner.
La banda Van Halen was formed in California in 1972, under the leadership of brothers Eddie and Alex, plus the vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony.