Wolf Van Halen Thinks He Sometimes Performs Like Late Father Eddie

by Joe Rutland
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When Wolf Van Halen is on the stage and people see him play, it leads the son of Eddie Van Halen to think he sometimes plays like Dad.

The son of the guitar legend talked about it in an interview with People.

“I just go up there and be myself,” Wolf Van Halen said. “There’s been a handful of moments though, where I’ve done something, and then I realize like, ‘Oh s—, dad used to do that all the time on stage.’ And I realized maybe the way he moved or the way he smiled when he played something, I was like, ‘Oh, f—, he would do that all the time.'”

One could surmise that seeing his son perform a couple of guitar licks like his old man wouldn’t bother Eddie one bit.

Eddie Van Halen died on Oct. 6, 2020, at 65 years old. Wolf was his only son and the boy’s mother is actress Valerie Bertinelli, who was married to Eddie from 1981-2007.

Wolf Van Halen Shares His Thoughts on Fans Hating New Rock Bands

While musicians and fans are saying, in songs and lyrics, that “Rock is dead,” Wolf Van Halen has a couple of words about that topic.

He’s not buying any of it at all. Wolf is relatively new to the music world, but he’s making his own mark quite well. Guess who he and his band toured with in their first one out in the world? None other than the Gunners themselves, Guns N’ Roses.

Now, Wolf and Mammoth are heading out on a 2022 tour with Dirty Honey. The band Mammoth recently got a Grammy nod for their song Distance. It is an emotional tribute to Eddie Van Halen.

This tour they are calling The Young Guns Tour. Why? They are passionate and talented in what they do on stage.

But Wolf and Dirty Honey frontman Marc LaBelle talked about being the new guys in town in an interview with Loudwire. They also added their thoughts on the “rock is dead” stuff.

“I think a heavy slice of that is nostalgia about things being better back in the day,” Wolf Van Halen said.

Also, Wolf pointed out that other genres are getting more attention than rock music right now. It just lights that “rock is dead” flame even more.

Remember, though, that “Rock is dead” is one of the most-repeated lies in the music world. When Metallica dropped The Black Album, people said “rock is dead.” Gene Simmons all but said it in his book Me: Inc. It just seems like people ignore the wealth of new talent in rock music today.

Wolf Van Halen, though, is out to make believers of those who belabor the rock music scene.