Wolf Van Halen Opens Up About How He Dealt With Passing of His Father Through Music

by Megan Molseed
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Wolf Van Halen recently opened up to People magazine about his new solo album and how music has helped him deal with the tragic loss of his father, Eddie Van Halen

“@WolfVanHalen is opening up about his new solo album, how music helped him through the tragic loss of his father, and how his parents, Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli, made sure he stayed grounded growing up,” the entertainment magazine tweeted.  

During the video interview, Van Halen talked about how he finds songwriting to be therapeutic as he grieves the loss of his father. 

“His energy is all throughout this place,” Van Halen said of the music studio. “I’m excited to continue the legacy of filling this place with music.”

The Van Halen Legacy Lives On

Headed by Eddie Van Halen the rock band shot to super-stardom in the 1980s and 1990s.  With popular hits such as Jump and Why Can’t This Be Love, Van Halen remains one of the most well-known music groups in the world.  

Following in his father’s footsteps, Wolfgang started his musical career as a drummer. Later, Wolf would start playing the guitar. He picked up this talent to learn how to play a certain song. One written for him by his father, Eddie Van Halen. 

“He is also my biggest champion other than my mom,” the son told people magazine.

“I’m an extension of him,” Wolf continued. “I am happy to be here spreading the good word of how he was and how he should be remembered.” 

Wolf and His Father Share a Deep Bond

Born in 1991, Wolf is the only son of Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli.  In the early 2000s, Wolf joined his father on stage playing for the iconic rock band Van Halen.  

Eddie Van Halen passed away from cancer on October 6, 2020. It was a loss that devastated Wolf to his core. Since his passing, the music legend’s son has found a way to reconnect with his dad through music, despite his grief. 

Wolf knows his dad would be proud of the new album.

“Music is a very therapeutic thing,” Wolf said. “Being able to focus on a tribute to my dad was a very helpful thing for me,” Wolf said.

“The big thing that helps me keep going is my dad,” said the musician. “Because if I just gave up and stopped and crawled in a hole, which I feel like doing every day, I know he’d be really pissed off at me!”