The tributes to Eddie Van Halen continue. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction event which was supposed to take place in May and was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic, will now be a pre-taped special, airing Nov. 7 on HBO, and will feature a special salute to the famed guitarist.
While the details are still not finalized, Cleveland.com reports that it will be “part of the Rock Hall special’s in memoriam section, which also honors other rock and roll legends who have died over the past year and a half.” The site adds that the salute to Eddie will “feature multiple guitar gods paying homage to the Van Halen guitarist.”
Tributes to Eddie Van Halen have been non-stop since the guitarist’s passing. Messages have been seen around the world on billboards, marquees, murals and sidewalks. Many fellow musicians have taken to social media to express their love and respect for one of rock and roll’s most innovative musicians.
Van Halen (the band) were inducted into the Hall in 2007. The guitarist was in the midst of rehab at the time and did not attend the event. Only former members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony were on hand to accept the honor.
The Hall of Fame inductions, especially the live performances, usually feature dynamic performances from the inductee as well as supporting musicians. The pandemic has changed all of that and while it’s still unclear what to expect, Billy Gibbons, Don Henley, Miley Cyrus, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Nancy Wilson are among the guests already announced.
The 2020 event will honour inductees Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex.