Eddie Van Halen was an unexpected attendee at the 2014 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) Convention in California on Wednesday. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, photos of the Van Halen rocker have shown up around the internet throughout the week. Some attendees have posted on their Twitter pages about seeing the musician as well.
Once married to One Day At A Time star Valerie Bertinelli, the two share a son, Wolfgang. “Wolfie,” as he is called by his mom and dad, has accompanied Eddie Van Halen on tour.
Canadian TV personality Kevin O’Leary tweeted a picture of himself with Eddie Van Halen, as well as with Fender CEO Larry Thomas at the Fender Strat party.
— Kevin O'Leary (@kevinolearytv) January 23, 2014
A NAMM guest named Jay Hale shared a photo someone was kind enough to shoot of him with Eddie Van Halen with his Twitter followers, too.
— Jay Hale (@jhale667) January 23, 2014
Eddie Van Halen toured and recorded music for several years with David Lee Roth but the two had many serious conflicts throughout the years. Sammy Hagar joined the band in 1985. For years Van Halen built his own rendition of electric guitars. The Wolfgang is named after his and Valerie Bertinelli’s son. He endured and lost a significant portion of his tongue to cancer in 2000 and a few years later spent time in rehab for alcoholism.
Van Halen toured Japan in 2012, and in the summer of 2013 he played at the Paso Robles, California State Fair–as seen in the video clip above.. He appeared on two tracks of LL Cool J’s album Authentic in 2013, however--Not Leaving You Tonight and We’re the Greatest. Definitely a legend in the music world, it must have been very exciting for unsuspecting fans to see him during his appearance at NAMM this past week.
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