The son of the legendary rocker Eddie Van Halen is in the news today after taking to social media to slam the Grammy Awards for their tribute to his father.
Last night’s broadcast of the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony definitely upset some fans when there wasn’t a major tribute made to Eddie Van Halen. Many of those fans took to social media to voice their displeasure over the tribute.
And early on Monday evening, Wolf Van Halen finally offered up his thoughts regarding the situation.
“The GRAMMYs asked me to play ‘Eruption’ for the ‘In Memoriam’ section and I declined,” Wolf begins his statement. “I don’t think anyone could have lived up to what my father did for music but himself.”
The awards show showcased performances paying tribute to other legends that we have lost. Those in include Little Richard, John Prine, and Kenny Rogers. However, they played just a short clip as a tribute to Van Halen before moving on.
Van Halen continued his statement saying, “It was my understanding that there would be an ‘In Memoriam’ section where bits of songs were performed for legendary artists that had passed. I didn’t realize that they would only show Pop for 15 seconds in the middle of 4 full performances for others we had lost.”
Son of Eddie Van Halen Hurt by Grammy Tribute
It goes without saying that Eddie Van Halen made timeless contributions to the rock genre and, well, to music in general. Wolf touches on that in his post and says it hurt him that the Recording Academy didn’t do more to honor his late father.
“What hurt the most was that he wasn’t even mentioned when they talked about artists we lost in the beginning of the show,” Wolf explains. “I know rock isn’t the most popular genre right now, (and the academy does seem a bit out of touch) but I think it’s impossible to ignore the legacy my father left on the instrument, the world of rock, and music in general. There will never be another innovator like him.”
However, despite his critical remarks, Wolf Van Halen says that he isn’t trying to start anything. He just wanted to clear the air and offer up his opinion.
“I’m not looking to start some kind of hate parade here, I just wanted to explain my side,” Wolf says. “I know Pop would probably just laugh it off and say ‘Ehh who gives a s–t?’ He was only about the music anyway. The rest didn’t matter.”
In conclusion, Van Halen adds that he hopes “to get the opportunity to speak with The Recording Academy not only about the legacy of his father, but the legacy of the Rock genre moving forward.”
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