That One Time Eddie Van Halen Handed Me A Guitar Pick

I have written about this moment many times before. Whether it’s on my blog or an assignment, I have always held the moment dear to my heart and it all started because of my dad. My dad has been going to concerts since he was 11 years old in 1981. His first concert was Nazareth and Billy Thorpe. He told me that he had gone to 60 concerts before he graduated high school. Back then, tickets were only $9.50. He even has most of the tickets saved from all the concerts over the years.

Now, I went to my first concert when I was 7 years old, and I went to go see Ricky Martin. I loved going to concerts with my dad, and he’s taken me to see some of the greats, like Rush, The Who, Green Day, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Cheap Trick, Paul McCartney and many more. I could write a whole blog on each and every concert, but this blog is about the time I saw Van Halen in 2004.

I was 11 years old, and it was the day before my first day of middle school. It was the first time I went to a concert the day before the first day, but it certainly wouldn’t be the last. I was excited for the concert because it was my first time seeing Van Halen with Sammy Hagar. We had tickets in the stage. Not front row, we were actually in the stage. It was a section called “The Rings.” We were on the side where Eddie Van Halen was playing and I had a small laminated sign that said, “Give Me A Pick.” Eddie saw my sign and winked at me. After an ear-shattering guitar solo that seemed to go on forever, he extended his arm out to the crowd and tried to hand me the pick. Everyone tried to get it from him, but he pulled his hand back and pointed at me. Everyone backed away as he put the guitar pick directly in my hand. I wrote about this moment the first time during an English class that asked me to describe the greatest moment of my life. This was truly only the beginning of great moments in my life.