Happy Birthday Wolfgang Van Halen: Eddie Van Halen’s Son Through the Years

by Charles Craighill
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Today, Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang Van Halen turns 30 years old. He has been around for some awesome moments both with his father’s band and also on his own projects. He became the youngest member of Van Halen at the age of 16, touring as the band’s bassist. From that point on, he has put together a very successful musical resume for himself. Let’s take a look at some of those big milestones through the years.

Wolfgang Van Halen Starts as a Drummer

Wolfgang Van Halen was born into the prime years of Van Halen, so obviously he was exposed to music early and often. As his father played lead guitar for one of the most famous rock bands in the world, it was only a matter of time before Wolf started playing.

Wolf picked up drums, however, as his first instrument rather than his father’s natural instrument of the guitar. He received lessons from his uncle on occasion, but mostly he taught himself. He started playing drums when he was around nine, however, he moved his attention to guitar and bass after a while.

A Name All Over the Industry

Eddie Van Halen made sure that his son would have a legacy as big as his as soon as he was born. Between guitar lines, songs, and other collaborations, Wolfgang Van Halen finds his name scattered all over the industry. For instance, the instrumental song “316” refers to Wolfgang’s birthday. For a long time, Eddie Van Halen collaborated with Peavey on a line of guitars which he called the Wolfgang Series. Then, in 2008, Eddie helped design a custom guitar which he named the Fender EVH Wolfgang.

Like Father Like Son

At 16 years old, Wolfgang Van Halen officially joined his father in the band, Van Halen. He replaced Michael Anthony as the band’s bassist. He toured with the band until it split up following his father’s death last year. In that decade and a half of playing together, the band toured heavily and recorded one album with Wolfgang on bass. That album, A Different Kind of Truth, came out in February of 2012.

In 2008, the father and son duo of Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen appeared on the cover of Guitar World together. The April issue that they appeared on was the magazine’s “father-son” issue.

Wolfgang Van Halen Other Projects

While being the bassist for one of the most popular bands in the world might seem like a full-time job, Wolfgang Van Halen has also found time for other side projects. For instance, the star bassist also joined the band Tremonti in 2012, replacing the old bassist Brian Marshall. He has appeared on several albums with them and has toured with them for some time.

Wolfgang Van Halen has also apparently finished his own solo album as well as forming his own band, Mammoth WVH. His self-titled solo album will come out on June 11 of this year.

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