Guns N’ Roses took the stage for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began last March. The legendary band, along with Mammoth WVH, played Hersheypark Stadium on July 31. Considering it’s the first time Wolf Van Halen is taking his act on the road, it’s a pretty huge deal to be opening up for Guns N’ Roses.
Most of the original lineup has returned in recent years to tour together for the first time in decades. Lead singer Axl Rose and guitar god Slash infamously didn’t get along for years. Inner turmoil in the band led to their demise in 1996. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, there was arguably no bigger rock band in the world. Yet egos, tension between the bandmates, and conflicting visions for the future of the band fueled their separation in the mid-’90s.
But Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, and Dizzy Reed have all reunited to give their fans what they’ve been waiting decades to see. As the son of another guitar icon in Eddie Van Halen, Wolf’s band seemed like a great choice as an opener. He was clearly humble about the opportunity to play before the rock and roll legends, and said as much to the fans in attendance last night.
“I just want to thank all of you guys, and Guns N’ Roses, for this wonderful opportunity,” Wolf Van Halen told the crowd, according to a Penn Live article.
“You guys rule,” he said as his band finished their set with the song “Epiphany.”
In addition, Wolf shared similar thoughts this afternoon on Twitter. He called it an “honor” to be the opener and thanked all the fans in Hershey, Pennsylvania for attending.
Wolf Van Halen ‘Blown Away’ by Reaction to His Debut Album
Guitar maestro Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, branched out on his own in recent history with the creation of Mammoth WVH. Following his father’s long-term battle and death from throat cancer, Wolf began to work on original music. It became an outlet for dealing with the deterioration and eventual loss of his beloved famous dad.
Wolf worked on the project entirely alone. He wrote all the songs himself and played every instrument on the album. In early June, Wolf Van Halen finally released his debut solo album. He took to Instagram on June 22 to show his appreciation for fans’ responses to the album, and said he was “blown away” by the reactions.
“I’m blown away and eternally grateful for the support you’ve all given me. This is absolutely crazy,” he wrote. “Absolutely insane. You are all incredible.”
Wolf Van Halen’s first album debuted at No.12 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Additionally, it also earned a No. 1 position for Top Rock, Hard Rock, and Independent Rock Albums.
Back in November 2020, his album’s hit single “Distance” debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Hot Hard Rock Songs. The single garnered 826,000 streams in the U.S. alone and 13,000 downloads sold in the week ending November 19. The next week, the single earned 1.6 million airplay audience impressions on the radio.