Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen Donates 75 Guitars To Public Schools


Eddie Van Halen has donated 75 guitars from his private collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, an organization which promotes music education in public schools.

The instruments will be donated to schools throughout the Los Angeles area which currently do not have enough instruments for their students.

In a statement, Van Halen said music education ought to be accessible to all:

“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.”

Van Halen will release A Different Kind of Truth on February 7.

Advertisements

Ozzy Osbourne Launches his Own SiriusXM Channel

Ozzy’s Boneyard, channel 38, will feature classic hard rock and metal music from artists like Black Sabbath, Metallica, AC/DC,Jimi Hendrix, Pantera and Van Halen. The 24/7 music channel is expected to launch later this year.
SiriusXM listeners will hear Ozzy present music as well as share personal stories about his career as a solo artist and as front-man for Black Sabbath. The channel will also air shows and specials hosted by Ozzy family members, Sharon, Jack and Kelly.
“After everything I’ve been through in my career I never imagined I’d end up with my own radio channel on SiriusXM. This is f*****g amazing! Does this mean I can play whatever I want?” said Ozzy Osbourne.
“No one represents the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal more than Ozzy Osbourne,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We know Ozzy’s Boneyard will be alive and kicking.”
Ozzy Osbourne recently announced that Black Sabbath has reunited to record their first new studio album in 33 years and that the band will launch a world tour in 2012.
Ozzy’s Boneyard joins SiriusXM’s roster of channels created in partnership with legendary musicians, including Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Radio, Pearl Jam Radio,  Eminem’s Shade 45, Willie Nelson‘s Willie’s Roadhouse, B.B. King‘s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Jimmy Buffett‘s Radio Margaritaville and Siriusly Sinatra.
For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com