EDDIE VAN HALEN Talks About Working With MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS FOUNDATION (Video)
October 20, 2016
Van Halen News Desk has uploaded a new video of Eddie Van Halen sharing his experience working with Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which supports music education and its many benefits through the donation and repair of musical instruments to under-served schools, community music programs and individual students nationwide.
This video was a presentation piece shown Monday at the Americans For The Arts gala in New York City, honoring the Foundation with their National Music Education Award.
Van Halen has donated 75 of his personal guitars to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. He explains in the clip: "I wanted to give back to the community and especially kids in need who want an instrument but didn't have the opportunities that I had. And I wanted to donate instruments, because I have so many guitars, and then nobody would take them… until we found Mr. Holland's Opus. It wasn't [too long] after that that I came to your school and there's a kid playing one of my guitars. It makes you wanna cry, you know? It's really that… It was that emotional for me."
The final show of VAN HALEN's U.S. tour took place on October 4, 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.
The trek was VAN HALEN's first since an aborted North American run three years earlier in support of its then-new studio album, "A Different Kind Of Truth".
Released in 2015 was "Tokyo Dome In Concert", VAN HALEN's first-ever live collection featuring singer David Lee Roth, despite numerous pro-shot concerts from the band's original heyday being heavily booted for years.