Wolf Van Halen Was Extremely Nervous to Play ‘Paradise City’ With Guns N’ Roses

by Samantha Whidden
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Following his performance of “Paradise City” with legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses, Wolf Van Halen is opening up about his experience.

MetalCastle reported that during his appearance on Consequence, Wolf Val Halen admitted his performance with Guns N’ Roses was insane. He also felt nervous before taking the stage. “In a way, it was a wonderful way to start because it’s a trial by fire,” Van Helen explained. 

Wolf Van Halen also stated that it’s like being thrown to the lions every night because Guns N’ Roses are notorious for not being very receptive to openers. “So when it started going really well, it was like, ‘Oh s—, we’re actually doing it!’ It was kind of a dream.”

Wolf Van Halen then said he believed it was a really great way to “cut” his teeth at such a ridiculous level in the U.S. “We played baseball stadiums! I never could have imagined it. It is ridiculous!”

Wolf Van Halen Speaks About Playing the Hit Single ‘Paradise City’ With Guns N’ Roses 

While continuing to discuss his Guns N’ Roses, Wolf Van Halen spoke about performing the hit single “Paradise City” with the iconic music group. “When I heard that Axl [Rose] wanted me to play ‘Paradise City’ with everybody on the last two nights, and they wanted me to part of the bow and everything, it was like, ‘Uh, OK…’”

Van Halen further shared his experience on the road with the band. “I just held up on the bus in any free time. And I learned just perfectly. There were moments when I only listened to the right side of the headphones to hear Izzy’s [Stradlin, guitar] part so I could play it literally perfect to every little thing he did.”

Van Halen also explained that he wasn’t happy until it was “ingrained” in him because he and the group only had one little soundcheck “it went so well because I didn’t know that they wanted me to do backing vocals too. And right as we did it, I just started singing the high harmony that I always hear at the beginning of the song. And id didn’t realize that they hadn’t been doing that the whole time.”

He recalled Duff McKagan’s reaction following the soundcheck. “Duff was like, ‘Oh yeah, there’s harmony there, isn’t there? That sounds great, man!’ It was like, ‘OK, I think this will be alright.’”

Van Halen went on to discuss his personal relationship with the Guns N’ Roses bandmates. “[Axl] told me that really liked ‘Don’t Back Down, ‘ and he really liked the video. He gave me a hug. I couldn’t believe it. He was a really sweet guy.”

He also referred to McKagan as being a sweetheart as well. “It was amazing to see their whole show with the video and the lights. It’s been so long. I advent’ seen a live show in forever. There’s nothing like it.”

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