Wolf Van Halen is keeping his dad’s spirit close to him even while on tour.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed his unique pedalboard. Van Halen addressed his gear in a tweet.
“Fun fact: it was gonna take too long to build a pedalboard from scratch (because we started late in rehearsals) so my board is the same one my dad had made/used for the Cafe Wha? show in 2012, because he needed a smaller one. Happy it’s with me,” he wrote.
For those musicians out there, his pedalboard includes: “EVH Wah, Phaser, Flanger, and Chorus. Boss Digital Delay, Earthquaker Afterneath, and a Snark Tuner that doubles as a mute for when I gotta get on the keys quickly.”
He admitted that he only actually needs the tuner, afterneath, and wah. But “the rest is just for fun.”
Wolf Van Halen is currently on tour with his band, Mammoth WVH. He will be performing solo dates and festivals through October. He will also even be opening up for Guns N’ Roses.
Wolf Van Halen’s Solo Endeavor
Regardless of his famous father, Wolf Van Halen‘s musicianship alone is something to revel in. His music is able to strike a chord with so many people.
He was working on his solo music since 2015, his father heard his album and gave him his seal of approval. His debut single “Distance,” was a tribute to his father. Alongside the track was a heartwrenching video of him growing up alongside his family.
“I’m just glad that song resonated in the way I hoped. It’s heartbreaking but also incredible to see, in somebody’s worst moments of their life, that I can at least give them some sort of emotion that isn’t sorrow.”
He released his self-titled debut album under the Mammoth WVM moniker back in June. It garnered rave reviews and he was able to step out on his own away from his father’s shadow to become a one mand band.
He even worked on his music in the family’s recording studio.
“His energy is all throughout this place,” Van Halen told People of the studio. “I’m excited to continue the legacy of filling this place with music.”
Wolf Van Halen noted that music has been a “very therapeutic thing” to him.
“Being able to focus on a tribute to my dad was a very helpful thing for me,” Van Halen added. “The big thing that helps me keep going is my dad. Because if I just gave up and stopped and crawled in a hole, which I feel like doing every day, I know he’d be really pissed off at me!”