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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.
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Jesse Jackson Jr. may have bought guitar with fake signature

Jesse Jackson Jr. may have bought guitar with fake signature

CHICAGO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The auction of property seized from Jesse Jackson Jr. has been canceled by U.S. marshals because an Eddie Van Halen signature on a guitar may be fake.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
By United Press International
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Eddie Van Halen has emergency surgery

Eddie Van Halen has emergency surgery

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. rocker Eddie Van Halen has undergone an emergency operation for a severe bout of diverticulitis, his band's Web site said Thursday.
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Van Halen explains tour cancellation

Van Halen explains tour cancellation

SAN FRANCISCO, June 15 (UPI) -- Father and son rockers Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen admit they cut short their North American concert tour because they were overwhelmed.
Van Halen scraps summer concert dates

Van Halen scraps summer concert dates

LOS ANGELES, May 18 (UPI) -- Van Halen's publicist says the American rock group has canceled more than 30 concert dates this summer.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.
By United Press International
Bertinelli, Vitale to marry in Italy

Bertinelli, Vitale to marry in Italy

SAN DIEGO, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Valerie Bertinelli will marry for the second time in a very private ceremony in Italy -- just her, longtime boyfriend Tom Vitale and one witness.
Bertinelli to run Boston Marathon

Bertinelli to run Boston Marathon

BOSTON, April 12 (UPI) -- Actress and author Valerie Bertinelli has confirmed she intends to run in next week's Boston Marathon.
Bertinelli set for '20/20' interview

Bertinelli set for '20/20' interview

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Valerie Bertinelli is to discuss her new book, her former co-star Mackenzie Phillips and her marriage to rocker Eddie Van Halen on TV's "20/20."

Eddie Van Halen recuperating from surgery

NEW YORK, July 25 (UPI) -- Guitarist Eddie Van Halen of the U.S. rock group Van Halen says he is recuperating from surgery he underwent for pain in his left hand.

Rocker Eddie Van Halen marries

STUDIO CITY, Calif., June 28 (UPI) -- Guitarist Eddie Van Halen married his girlfriend in a Studio City, Calif., ceremony in which the bride and groom wore flip-flop sandals, sources said.
Eddie Van Halen to wed publicist

Eddie Van Halen to wed publicist

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. rock 'n' roll icon Eddie Van Halen has proposed to his girlfriend/publicist Janie Liszewski, a source told People magazine.
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Members of the rock group Van Halen, left to right, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen attend a news conference to officially announce their 25-city North American tour in Los Angeles on August 13, 2007. Roth reunited with the band after a 22-year absence. Wolfgang Van Halen replaces bassist Michael Anthony, who was fired earlier this year. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is a Dutch-American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of the heavy metal/hard rock band Van Halen, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 . Eddie Van Halen is widely known for his innovative performing and recording styles in shredding, tapping, scratching solos and high frequency feedback; he is also known for energetic and acrobatic stage performances. The All Music Guide has described him as "undoubtedly one of the most influential, original, and talented rock guitarists of the 20th century."

Born in The Netherlands, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen is a son of guitarist father Jan Van Halen and mother Eugenia (née Van Beers). Eugenia Van Halen was originally from Indonesia. Edward's middle name was derived from composer Ludwig van Beethoven. (Lodewijk is the Dutch version of Ludwig.) Edward continued this naming tradition by naming his son Wolfgang Van Halen after composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Shortly after Edward was born in Amsterdam, the family moved to the city of Nijmegen. In 1962, at the age of seven, Edward moved with his family to the United States, settling in Pasadena, California.

Eddie learned to play the piano as a child and has won many different talent shows. His older brother Alex also played the piano. However, playing the piano did not prove sufficiently challenging or interesting to him — he once said in an interview, "Who wants to sit in front of the piano? That's boring." Consequently, while Alex began playing the guitar, Eddie bought a drum kit and began practicing drumming along with Arty Gomez in Lincoln Heights.They would practice for hours day after day. After Eddie heard Alex's performance of the The Surfaris' drum solo in the song "Wipe Out", he grew annoyed that his brother had overtaken his ability and decided to switch and begin learning how to play the electric guitar.

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