Van Halen have laid pretty low since wrapping up their most recent tour in 2013, but now their leader, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, will hit the stage—albeit for a conversation, not a musical performance.

The legendary guitarist will appear at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12 for a discussion called “Is Rock ’n’ Roll All About Reinvention?”, part of the museum’s “What It Means To Be American” series.

Why Van Halen? Well, as the event description points out, he has a unique, but very American, story: “A Dutch immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen, Van Halen created an iconic American band–and kept it relevant for five decades by continually reinventing it. As a performer, songwriter, and inventor of instruments that allow musicians to make sound in new ways, he redefined how the guitar is played and designed. Is reinvention the definitive quality of the art of rock ‘n’ roll? Rock icon Van Halen discusses his American journey, and how he’s reinvented himself, his band, and the way the guitar is played.”



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