November 18, 2020
Late Eddie Van Halen's son, Wolfgang Van Halen, responded to rumors that he would be replacing his father as the leader of the rock music group, Van Halen.
Months after the world tragically said goodbye to iconic guitarist Eddie Van Halen, his only son Wolfgang Van Halen is coming out to clear the air about how he would carry on his late father's legacy.
During a recent appearance on "The Howard Stern Show," the grieved son of the rockstar made it clear that no one would ever replace his late father, not even him.
Stern shared with Wolfgang that there were ongoing rumors that he, Alex Van Halen, Sammy Hager, and Michael Anthony were forming a new band, replacing his dad as the lead of Van Halen.
Fans may recall that Eddie passed away on October 6 after succumbing to the disease which had already spread to his brain.
The 29-year-old, however, shut down the speculations, calling the fabrication stupid. Wolfgang made it clear that he had no plans of imitating Eddie and reuniting the Van Halen band. In his words:
"You can't have Van Halen without Eddie Van Halen. I'm not Dad. I'm not going to replace him. I've spent my life making sure I'm not like him and that I'm my own person."
Wolfie noted that his father would have been pissed at the idea as he would want him to live his life and do his own thing. When asked how the rumors got to be, Wolfgang explained that he understood fans' desire for the music to continue, but that wouldn't be possible with Eddie alive.
He did, however, tease the possibility of a tribute show and archival releases later on when things are more settled. Wolfgang concluded, noting that he is trying to come to terms with the fact that he no longer has a father, so he is hopeful that fans can do the same and realize that Van Halen is no more.
Wolfgang then discussed his intention to go through the several tapes his father left behind but noted that it wouldn't happen in the nearest future as it is not his priority at the moment.
On the show, Wolfgang also revealed that he was lucky to get three more wonderful years with his late father despite the doctors giving Eddie only three weeks to live.
The only son of the legendary guitarist, whom he welcomed with Valerie Bertinelli, noted that after his dad's stage four lung cancer was diagnosed in 2017, he was given less than a month to put his affairs in order. However, the "Eruption" crooner was taken to Germany for further treatment and managed to live three more years.
Fans may recall that Eddie passed away on October 6 after succumbing to the disease which had already spread to his brain. Wolfgang shared the tragic news via a statement on social media platforms, mourning his beloved father's loss.
To honor his father’s legacy, Wolfgang recently released a new song titled "Distance.” The track which is Wolfgang's first solo project was conceived when Eddie was battling cancer in his final months and was recorded under the name Mammoth WVH.