On Thursday, Wolf Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH posted a shot of his band while thanking Guns N’ Roses for some stage time at MetLife Stadium.
The band started opening for Guns N’ Roses on East Rutherford, N.J. Thursday, with a quick Aug. 7 gig in Cleveland, Ohio. On Aug. 19, the band picks back up with GNR.
The band opened its summer touring schedule with a July 27 performance in Lawrence, Kansas.
“Show number one is officially in the books,” Van Halen said on social media. “Thanks so much for coming out and sharing this special night with us, folks. I won’t forget it.”
Guitarworld.com reported that the band made their GNR tour debut on July 31 at Hershey, Pa. From there, the son of late rocker Eddie Van Halen takes to the road for fourth months with Slash and his band.
Other tour stops include Hollywood, Los Angeles, Portland, and Las Vegas.
The band’s live TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! came on Feb. 12.
Wolf Van Halen’s MetLife Stadium Show A Blast
Wolf told Ultimate Classic Rock that he had nerves, just like when starting with Van Halen. The band opened this tour in Hersey, Pa.
“I’m a very anxious person,” Van Halen said. “But in a funny way, it’s very similar to how I started out in Van Halen (in 2007), where the first show I played was at an arena in Charlotte, N.C.”
“This time, it’s at a stadium in Hershey, Penn. So it’s following in a really funny way – but definitely still terrifying. It’s an honor to be there … and I’m going to do my best.”
Van Halen said he was interested in performing with GNR on tour but didn’t want to get high hope about touring with the longtime band. But then it happened, and he was ecstatic. The frontman said the tour union is still hard to believe.
Guitarists Frank Sidoris and Jon Jourdan, bassist Ronnie Ficarro and drummer Garrett Whitlock make Mammoth WVH band.
Wolf’s Memory Of Late Dad Endures
The band released its debut album in June. With it, Van Halen’s dad’s tribute song “Distance.” In concert, a video montage of father and son plays behind the band.
The bond is still so great that Wolf recently remembered a moment when his dad supported him. In a recent interview with Audio Ink Radio, Wolfgang threw a pumpkin at his teacher early and realized he impressed his dad.
“He cheered me on in everything,” Wolf Van Halen said. “From me playing soccer to, gosh, this one time where I threw a pumpkin at a teacher who was mean to me in kindergarten. He told me not to miss the next time!”