Street Closure: Van Halen Rocks Hollywood | NBC Southern California
Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways

Street Closure: Van Halen Rocks Hollywood

The band is set to perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Getty Images
    Van Halen will take over the central part of Hollywood Boulevard for a special "Jimmy Kimmel Live" performance. The concert date is Monday, March 30, and the show will air songs from the gig on March 30 and 31. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    There are really only three rules when it comes to driving while listening to classic rock.

    One? Your steering wheel will double as Brian May's guitar during "Bohemian Rhapsody." Two? You must play an air cowbell during Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" (at least at every stoplight). And three? If you don't sing-shout the title word of "Panama" while enjoying some Van Halen, you really need to think your allegiance to the genre.

    Drivers in the vicinity of Hollywood's hub won't need to crank the volume to get their "Panama" fix on Monday night, March 30, for Van Halen will be taking over Hollywood Boulevard. 

    The set, which is being recorded for a two-night split on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," is "(i)n celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American tour." Some "essential rock and roll classics" are in store, and frontman David Lee Roth'll be on the lead mic.

    Van Halen to Rock on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

    [LA] Van Halen to Rock on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
    Van Halen will shut down part of Hollywood Boulevard Monday during the band's first US television performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" March 30, 2015. (Published Monday, March 30, 2015)

    The North American tour starts in Seattle on July 5.

    As for those in their cars not attending the al fresco rock-out-loud extravaganza? Best make a wide, wide circle around the heart of Hollywood: The boulevard'll be shut down for 12 hours, from 6 p.m. on March 30 through 6 a.m. on March 31, from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive. 

    Revert to your Oscar-week avoidance route, in other words, with the additional knowledge that a lot of people prepared to "Panama" their hearts out will be heading into Hollywood.

    You can still crank up "Running with the Devil" and "Dance the Night Away" over on Cahuenga or Laurel Canyon Boulevard (and, yes, your Brian May steering guitar absolutely belongs to Eddie Van Halen during a Van Halen classic).

    Rock and Roll Meets Financial Literacy

    [LA] Rock and Roll Meets Financial Literacy
    Rock and roll meets financial literacy with the help of musicians educating young audiences. NBC4's report on Thursday, March 19, 2015. (Published Friday, March 20, 2015)

    Follow NBCLA for the latest LA news, events and entertainment:iPhone/iPad App | Facebook| Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | RSS | Email Alerts