Howard Stern was joined on his radio station by Wolfgang Van Halen as they talked about a Van Halen reunion in the works before his father’s death.
On Monday, Wolfgang Van Halen confirmed the fan’s suspicions about a possible reunion tour prior to his father’s death.
“Since 2015, I’d been talking with dad and was introducing the idea because like he knew I was doing my music. So, I would be like, ‘Hey Dad, you know it would be cool– hear me out– you know it would be cool if… What if I opened for you guys?'”
Wolfgang’s father, Eddie Van Halen, loved the idea of his son joining him on stage. However, Wolfgang was unsure of the idea at first.
“And we had Mike come back and initially my dad was like, ‘well you got to be up there too’ and eventually I was like okay well maybe I can come up, and we can play, you know, one or two songs from a different kind of truth, like we can figure it out.”
Van Halen ‘Kitchen Sink Tour’
The father and son duo were excited enough about the possibility of an upcoming tour that they gave it a name and thought of different artists to join them.
“As time went on, he warmed up to the idea. I got him excited about it, and at a certain point, it turned into what we joked as the ‘kitchen sink tour,’ because after he was okay with that arrangement, it was like f*ck them. Let’s get Dave and Hagar and even Sharon and let’s just do a giant f*cking awesome thing.”
Van Halen then called his entertainment executive to get him on board with the idea, but unfortunately, his health started to deteriorate.
“We talked to Irving Azoff about it and how cool it would be, and then, of course, Irving, you know, got it ready and everything, and he reached out to Mike before I had the chance to. Because we wanted me to do that, and that’s kind of how everything started to get leaked out by that time, Dad wasn’t able to.”
Eddie Van Halen’s health takes a turn for the worse after a horrific accident.
“Things started getting really bad at the beginning of 2019, right after my birthday. He got in a motorcycle accident that was from– we found out he had a brain tumor. But then we took care of it. He got this crazy procedure called a gamma knife radiation procedure, and he was okay. But as time went on, sh*t kept stacking up and stacking up. It just never let up.”
Wolfgang remembers his father’s last years and Eddie’s last-ditch effort at curing his disease-riddled body.
“Ultimately, 2017 was kind of the start of it all. At the end of 2017, he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and the doctors were like, ‘you have six weeks’. And then he went to Germany, overseas, and whatever the f*ck they do over there. It was amazing because I got three more years with him.”
At the end of the interview, Wolfgang seems to zone out. He becomes distracted at the thought of his father’s passing and the tour they used to plan together.
“That’s kind of important to let people know that, yeah, that was real, and we were so excited about it. All of us. It just didn’t pan out.”
Eddie Van Halen died on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65.