Eddie Van Halen’s Son Wolf Drops Major Tour News for His Band Mammoth WVH

by Jennifer Shea

Wolf Van Halen is following in his late father Eddie Van Halen’s footsteps. The budding rocker just announced that his band, Mammoth WVH, will be opening for Guns ‘N Roses on their tour this summer.

Wolf made the announcement in an Instagram post this morning. “Proud to announce @mammothwvh will be opening for @gunsnroses this summer,” he posted. “Tickets on sale starting Friday. See you there.”

Eddie Van Halen Died Last Year of Throat Cancer

The rock legend died last October after an extended battle with throat cancer. He was 65 years old.

During his life, Van Halen was a heavy smoker for many years. He was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2000 and had to have a third of his tongue removed, the New York Post reported.

Still, Van Halen reportedly blamed his cancer not on the smoking but on his habit of holding metal guitar picks in his mouth. And he had spent his last years flying from the U.S. to Germany and back for cancer treatments.

Before he died, Van Halen carved out a place for himself in the pantheon of legendary rockers with his trailblazing guitar-playing, including his two-handed fretboard tap. His band, Van Halen, was ranked the 20th best-selling artist in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America. They won a Grammy in 1991 for their ninth album, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. And the rocker was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Van Halen died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. His final moments were spent in the company of his son Wolf, his ex-wife and Wolf’s mother Valerie Bertinelli, his then-current wife Janie and his brother Alex.

Wolf Honors His Dad

After Eddie Van Halen passed away, it fell to Wolf to tell the world about his father’s exit.

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,’’ Wolf posted to Instagram at the time. “He was the best father I could ever ask for. I love you so much, Pop.”

Wolf’s next step? Paying tribute to his dad, of course. Late last year, Wolf released a song titled “Distance” that he wrote while his father was fighting cancer. It imagines life without his father once his dad moves on to a better place. Wolf donated all the proceeds from the single to his dad’s favorite charity, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which supplies instruments to impoverished school music programs, per Rolling Stone.

“Distance” is the first song from Wolf’s solo album, which is due out this year. In the meantime, he’ll have a full schedule touring with Guns ‘N Roses from July until October.