By CBSLA Staff

PASADENA (CBSLA) — The city of Pasadena Monday unveiled a plaque at the Civic Auditorium honoring legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen a year after his death.

The plaque was unveiled in a private ceremony. City officials said although Van Halen’s family could not attend the event, they support the dedication.

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The guitar icon, who died from cancer on Oct. 6 at age 65, attended school in Pasadena with his drum-playing older brother, Alex.

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The band Van Halen performed more than a dozen shows at the Civic Auditorium before becoming a global icon.

Van Halen signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1977 after the company’s president attended one of their backyard gigs in Pasadena.

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