Wolf Van Halen Calls Himself a ‘Jester’ For Guns N’ Roses, Discusses Life on the Road

by Kati Michelle

Wolf Van Halen is in the thick of life on the road again with tour dates spanning from now until the end of October. This comes after a temporary hiatus issued after a COVID scare within the crew. His band Mammoth WVH is currently on a stint with rock legends Guns N’ Roses.

In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Wolf took time to talk about the ups and downs of tour life and what’s in store for the future.

Rehearsals leading up to the big tour took about 4 weeks. During this time, the band really hashed out what their ideal set list looked and sounded like. Wolf says his band has a really solid relationship and they have no problems divvying up the different guitar parts for the three guitar players on stage.

Wolf Van Halen also discussed the dichotomy between being an opening band versus a headlining band and how those experiences feel different. When you’re the opener, he says “You’re the jesters to lead everybody to Guns. I’m totally happy with that and it’s a really good time.”

On the flip side, Van Halen continues, “when we headline, that’s kind of what makes me more nervous, because everybody’s paying more attention. Chances are, they’re bigger fans than the Guns shows would otherwise have. You feel more of an obligation to make sure they have a really good time because they went out of the way [to come see your band].”

Wolf Van Halen on Missing His Dad

It’s no secret Wolf Van Halen is the son of a Rock God. It’s in the name, after all. The legend, Eddie Van Halen, sadly succumbed to his battle with throat cancer and left this world back in October of 2020 at 65 years old. Not a day goes by, however, that his song Wolf doesn’t think about him. With the anniversary date approaching, Wolf recently posted a tribute to his late father on his Instagram.

In a recent interview on Terry Boyd’s World, Wolf Van Halen vehemently shut down rumors that he’s trying to replace his father’s legacy and brand.

“I think it’s rude of people to assume that. People view bands or actors or musicians as not really people like them, but just kind of a thing that gives them stuff they like. And I think if people sat back and realized that this is really… I just lost my father, and now they’re expecting me to take his job and continue to play in the band instead of being my own person, I think it’s really rude of people to assume something like that. I think it’s kind of selfish. If I have to deal with losing my father, I think other people can deal with losing a band that they really like… Some things just suck, and this is one of them. And I think if I can learn to figure out how to deal with it, I think other people should do the same.”