Remembering Van Halen’s 1970s Performances in La Cañada

Van Halen was an up-and-coming band in the mid-1970s, a musical journey that included performing on the steps in front of the La Cañada High School gymnasium during the 1975-76 school year.

The death this week of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen conjured up memories from La Cañada High School graduates and teachers of the band Van Halen, which had memorable 1970s performances in La Cañada Flintridge before attaining superstardom.
Eddie Van Halen, who died of throat cancer on Tuesday at age 65, was the master guitarist who teamed with his drummer-brother Alex to create Van Halen, one of the era’s most influential and memorable “hair bands.” Lead singer David Lee Roth and bass player Michael Anthony were other members of the band’s 1970s lineup, all of whom attended Pasadena City College. (Sammy Hagar replaced Roth as lead singer in the 1980s.)
They went on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, particularly following the release of their chart-topping album, “1984.” The band pumped out hits such as “Panama,” “Jump,” “Jamie’s Cryin’” and “Hot for Teacher.”
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Local Leaders Eulogize Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

Bipartisan admiration was expressed this week for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of cancer last Friday. She is pictured here with Rep. Adam Schiff, who had invited her to a meeting on how to improve relations between Congress and the courts.

Local leaders offered heartfelt tributes this week after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with Rep. Adam Schiff hailing her as a trailblazer and county Supervisor Kathryn Barger praising her legacy.
Ginsburg, who was 87, died at her Washington home of complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court announced late Friday.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be remembered for the way she inspired, encouraged and advocated,” Barger said. “She leaves an unforgettable legacy that will be carried on by courageous women and girls for generations to come.”
Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the high court after being nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The Columbia Law School graduate taught at Rutgers Law School and Columbia and was a fierce courtroom advocate for women’s rights, becoming an icon for feminists and earning the nickname “Notorious RBG.”
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