When 21-year-old Valerie Bertinelli was ready to walk down the aisle with rock-star 25 year-old Eddie Van Halen, it was just another workday for band manager Noel E. Monk.
The couple's wedding day, on April 11, 1981, was just another public performance by Eddie and his band mates. It was Monk's job to keep the notoriously rowdy rockers in check during one of the most important days of Eddie's life.
Concerns over how competitive front-man David Lee Roth would behave once the booze started to flow and how Eddie's substance abuse would wreak havoc on the day. In the month's leading up to the wedding Eddie had started doing cocaine in addition to his daily drinking and smoking marijuana. Monk had asked Eddie to try and show some restraint at the wedding to which he replied, "I'll try to stay as straight as I can."
As one of rock's fastest-rising young bands, and a sit-com star with a squeaky-clean image, Eddie and Val seemed like an unlikely pair.
The Van Halen-Bertinelli nuptials were among the earliest of the era that saw a ton of rock stars marrying Hollywood celebrities, and many of the unions ended quickly.
The ceremony was held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Westwood, California. Navigating through the paparazzi, Monk got the newlyweds safely to their limo where they were finally able to breathe a sign of relief from all the excitement.
Once the cars started to arrive at the historic Grayhall mansion in Beverly Hills for the reception, Eddie and Val were no where to be found.
Found out what happened on the next page.