New mural honouring Eddie Van Halen to be unveiled on Sunset Strip’s Guitar Center

The unveiling marks the late guitarist’s 66th birthday.

Eddie Van Halen

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A new mural honouring Eddie Van Halen is set to be unveiled today (26 January), marking the late guitarist’s 66th birthday. Painted by LA artist Robert Vargas, it’s located on the outside of Guitar Center’s Sunset Boulevard store.

Eddie Van Halen died in October last year, following a battle with throat cancer.

Vargas wrote of the mural earlier this month: “I am beyond excited to create this mural of one of my all-time creative heroes, Eddie Van Halen. This mural is truly for the fans and a celebration of my favourite rock band, Van Halen’s legacy.”

The mural is set to be unveiled later today. You can see the in-progress work in Vargas’ Instagram posts below.

The mural is one of many tributes that have been paid to Van Halen since his death. Figures from across the world of rock spoke out about his influence on them, from Flea to Slash to Tom Morello and more.

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