Van Halen Donates 75 Guitars To Schools

Guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen donates 75 of his own guitars to public schools throughout Los Angeles.

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Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, a man who needs no introduction, acknowledges the importance of music not only in his own life but also in the lives of others. That's why the renowned musician has generously donated 75 of his own guitars to several Los Angeles public schools.

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes music by providing instruments to less privileged schools, worked with Van Halen and distributed the many guitars to schools throughout Los Angeles according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Music is the universal language," said Van Halen. "It has the ability to transcend and convey every human emotion that exists without saying a word. Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me."

"Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them. If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that's a wonderful thing. Music has provided a good life for me and hopefully it can help make life better for others with this donation."

If you're interested in learning more about The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, head over to their website, www.mhopus.org.

14 comments sorted by best / new / date

    js81221
    "Ok kids, Eddie Van Halen gave us these axes. Now, to start, let's honor his music by playing Hot Cross Buns. Everybody now..."
    eclipse812
    Ya i don't know if it wouldn't be better to not tell the schools who donated the guitars..... then again maybe we should keep an eye on ebay soon here haha
    PRSeg5150
    Those kids are going to be upset when they don't know how to work the Floyd Rose's that Eddie has on almost every guitar
    RealGuitarHero
    Just because they were owned by him doesn't mean he played them that much. Most of these rockstars have like hundreds of guitars anyways.
    cptcomet
    Good on him! Though they'd be very likely to be stolen being his personal guitars. :o
    lefthandagenda
    Unfortunately the kids will probably say Eddie van who? They might have to ask their parents, maybe even their grandparents for clarification.
    happyjack9
    Music programs around the country are incredibly under-funded, especially when there is connection between music and developing the human mind. Good for van halen. It would also help music in general to have adequately funded music programs as less and less people would enjoy the dumbed down stuff and more people with musical background making music would generally result in less dumb downed stuff.
    switch625DL
    eclipse812 wrote: Ya i don't know if it wouldn't be better to not tell the schools who donated the guitars..... then again maybe we should keep an eye on ebay soon here haha
    That was my first thought haha! Oh, Eddie... You can't stop surprising us
    lefthandagenda
    I will say that Eddie seems like a pretty generous dude. Between this story and the story Jerry Cantrell told about their first big tour opening for VH, where Jerry asked to buy one of EVH'S guitars from him, and when he got home from tour Eddie had already shipped some guitars and amps to JC's house.
    Maiden95
    zn-1 wrote: He has 75 guitars?? Holy shit.
    No. He HAD 75 Guitars. Now he is down to about 368 or so.
    hvymtldrmz1392
    zn-1 wrote: He has 75 guitars?? Holy shit. No. He HAD 75 Guitars. Now he is down to about 368 or so.
    Wow, looks like he's cutting it pretty close. Everyone knows a proper rock star can't play the same guitar more than one day per year.