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Eddie’s Opus

Van Halen donates 75 guitars to public schools

By Gary Graff
February 23, 2017

How many guitars does Eddie Van Halen own?

So many that he can apparently give away 75 of them at a clip. But Van Halen’s donation is for a good cause; he’s sending the 75 axes to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a nonprofit that provides instruments to public schools in low-income and at-risk areas.

In a statement, Van Halen says that: “Music is such a necessity. It touches people’s souls. Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything.”

He also tells CNN that: “My whole life has been music. I could not imagine anything else. It really hit me when I graduated high school… [Music is] a must. It has to be taught.”

The Foundation provides an estimated 1,800 instruments a year to public schools, impacting more than 10,000 students. Van Halen the band, meanwhile, has been on hiatus since its last tour in 2015.