Wolfgang Van Halen Won't Be Covering Van Halen Anytime Soon - Noise11.com
Wolfgang Van Halen

Mammoth WVH, Wolfgang Van Halen

Wolfgang Van Halen Won’t Be Covering Van Halen Anytime Soon

by Music-News.com on September 19, 2023

in News

Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang Van Halen refuses to cover his dad’s songs because it’s important to be his “own musician”.

Wolfgang played bass in his father’s band Van Halen for four years, but he’s been focusing on his solo project Mammoth WVH since Eddie’s death in 2020 and Wolfie has now revealed why he doesn’t play any of the band’s hits at his shows.

Speaking on the ‘Talk Is Jericho’ podcast, Wolfgang explained: “I’m happy to be able to prove myself. The important key distinction is that I’m not doing what my dad did, I’m my own person, I’m my own musician … it’s why I don’t play any Van Halen music or have a plan to play Van Halen music during my sets.

“Even my dad hated doing covers back in the day, his quote resonates with me all the time where he says: ‘I’d rather bomb with my own music than succeed with somebody else’s’, and that’s exactly how I feel about playing Van Halen music. I’d much rather fail on my own than succeed heartlessly by playing ‘Panama’.”

However, Wolfgang made an exception last year when he took to the stage at the Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts in London and Los Angeles to perform ‘On Fire’, ‘Hot For Teacher’ and ‘Panama’ in honour of the later drummer, who was a huge fan of Van Halen.

Wolfgang said of the decision: “It was wonderful. It was the exception where it was like, this would be the time to do it. Taylor was such a huge fan and to get my own satisfaction of doing a direct Van Halen tribute for dad, it felt like the right thing to do in that moment. I’m really proud of it.”


Stay updated with your free Noise11.com daily music news email alert. Subscribe to Noise11 Music News here

Be the first to see NOISE.com’s newest interviews and special features on YOUTUBE and updated regularly. See things first SUBSCRIBE here: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE


Related Posts

Birds of Tokyo with MSO at Hamer Hall 2023
Birds of Tokyo Expand to Big Band Status With Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and ‘Birdsongs’

There is something about the pairing of a rock band with a symphony orchestra that just works. When you couple the five members of Birds of Tokyo with the 50+ members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra the orchestra it works exceptionally well, enhancing the dynamics. These songs we’ve known from the past two decades with given another dimension.

2 hours ago
Danny Estrin of Voyager Diagnosed With Cancer

Danny Estrin, lead singer of Australian band Voyager, has had to put the upcoming Voyager European shows on hold after being diagnosed with cancer this week. He needs to undergo immediate treatment. The Australian shows will still go ahead.

22 hours ago
Jack Antonoff
Bleachers Premieres New Music ‘Modern Girl’

Bleachers are back with his new music of 2023 ‘Modern Girl’.

24 hours ago
Taylor Swift photo by Ros O'Gorman
Taylor Swift Next “Version” Will Be ‘1989’

Taylor Swift has her all new ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version’ on the way and it has a stack of rare tracks as well.

1 day ago
Dhani Harrison
Dhani Harrison Shares New Song Damn That Frequency

Dhani Harrison, son of George and now head of his father’s Dark Horse Records, has a new solo song ‘Damn That Frequency’.

1 day ago
Selena Gomez, music news, noise11.com
Selena Gomez Is Not Interested In Watching Her Own Documentary

Selena Gomez will never watch her documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me again.

2 days ago
Olivia Rodrigo Sour Patch
Olivia Rodrigo Cancels Australian Trip

Olivia Rodrigo has cancelled her Australian publicity tour due to "unforeseen circumstances".

4 days ago