Wolf Van Halen Fires Back at Report of ‘Unauthorized’ Eddie Van Halen Biography

by Matthew Memrick

The son of the rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen is none too pleased with an upcoming biography of his late father.

Wolfgang Van Halen took to Twitter on Wednesday with two posts after the UK book publisher Faber and Faber announced a September 23 release date.

Author Paul Brannigan’s book, Eruption, comes out not long after Eddie died on October 6, 2020, after a battle with cancer. He was 65.

In his first tweet, Wolf posted the words “Keyword: Unauthorized” late Wednesday afternoon. In a follow-up Tweet, the 30-year-old guitarist went further to comment on the book.

When a fan tried to explain the purpose of writing biographies, Wolf responded later: “Then buy the dumb f**kin’ cash grab book, dude. Just saying we have nothing to do with the litany of projects milking Pop’s name since he passed.”

Van Halen was formed in 1974 and lasted until 2020. In the band’s final year, Wolf Van Halen was the youngest member. The band dissolved after his father’s death.  

Wolf Van Halen Loved His Dad

After Eddie Van Halen’s death, Wolf took to Twitter to express his love and gratitude in a heartfelt response.

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” Wolfgang said. “He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken, and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.”

In November 2020, Loudwire.com reported that Wolfgang’s solo project, Mammoth WVH, had released its first song, “Distance,” along with an emotional tribute video in honor of his father.

Brannigan has written for magazines like Rolling Stone and rock bios on other musicians like Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. His bio says that he’s the co-author on the Metallica histories Birth School Metallica Death and Into the Black.

In an excerpt released Wednesday at loudersound.com, Brannigan shares a story of Van Halen’s pursuit of the rival band Black Sabbath in 1978. The story tells of singer Ozzy Osbourne and the moment he learned that record promoters put the two together to promote Van Halen over his band.

Furthermore, Osbourne went on to say how that stirred up his band. But he was caught up in Van Halen’s energy.

Moreover, the Van Halen book aims to tell the whole story of his life. It will also be about his career and time in the 1960s. It also intends to go into the rocker’s sound technique and band experiences. Additionally, the book will go into the details of band fallouts, addiction and illness.