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Rock Icon Eddie Van Halen

If You Want to Know What He Was Like as a Kid, Call the Pasadena Police Department

July 24, 2015

Eddie van Halen is a Dutch-born musician, songwriter, and producer who is best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen. Before talking about rock ’n’ roll and reinvention, he talked about getting in trouble while growing up in Pasadena, his hidden talent for the cello, and why Ringo is his favorite Beatle in the What It Means to Be American green room.

Q. What’s the last thing that inspired you?
A. Racing around Willow Springs Raceway with my brother …

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