On October 4, 2015, Van Halen took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for what would become their last show ever. Fans who were in attendance had no idea that this would be the last time they would see the legendary rock band perform together. Little did they know, this concert would go down in history as the final bow of Eddie Van Halen, the band’s iconic guitarist who passed away on October 6, 2020.
Van Halen’s 2015 tour had been highly anticipated, with the band selling out arenas across the country. They had been touring in support of their latest album, “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert,” which featured recordings from their 2013 tour in Japan. The Hollywood Bowl show was the final stop on their tour, and the band went out with a bang, playing a setlist filled with their greatest hits.
The Hollywood Bowl show was also notable for featuring Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, on bass. Wolfgang had been touring with the band for several years, and his inclusion in the lineup added a new dimension to the band’s sound.
The concert featured all of Van Halen’s classic hits, including “Jump,” “Panama,” and “Hot for Teacher,” as well as deeper cuts like “In a Simple Rhyme” and “Dirty Movies.” The band also paid tribute to their early days with covers of songs by the Kinks and the Who.
Eddie Van Halen was in top form during the concert, shredding through his guitar solos with the same virtuosity that made him a legend in the music world. His playing was a testament to his influence on generations of guitar players, and his contributions to rock music will never be forgotten.
The Hollywood Bowl show was a bittersweet moment for Van Halen fans. On one hand, it was an incredible performance by one of the greatest rock bands of all time. On the other hand, it was the last time fans would see Eddie Van Halen perform live. His passing in 2020 was a devastating loss for the music world, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations of musicians.