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Eddie Van Halen’s Only Son Wolfgang Claps Back at Fan Claiming That It’s Time to Honor His Late Dad

Joe Akins
Aug 26, 2021
08:40 A.M.
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Eddie Van Halen’s son has stood his ground against fans wanting him to play his father’s songs as an honor for the late legend. The 30-year-old believes his entire life is in honor of his father.

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Last year, losing his iconic father, Eddie Van Halen, to lung cancer was a big blow to his only son Wolfgang Van Halen who mourned his father, noting he was his major inspiration for life.

The 30-year-old has since furthered his music career and released his first self-titled album with his band Mammoth WVH. Music for Wolfgang is his way of keeping the Van Halen legacy alive.

Wolfgang Van Halen and his late dad Eddie Van Halen | Photo: instagram.com/wolfvanhalen

Wolfgang Van Halen and his late dad Eddie Van Halen | Photo: instagram.com/wolfvanhalen

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The young singer turned to music for therapy to cope with his father’s death. Wolfgang and his band have been playing in concerts and thrilling fans to songs from his album, but fans are beginning to want more, especially songs written and performed by his late father.

Wolfgang has stood his ground on not playing his father’s covers on his shows despite the many pleas he has received. While most fans think playing Eddie’s songs will be a perfect way to honor the legend, Wolfgang sees it another way.

Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen of Van Halen perform during "A Different Kind of Truth" tour at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2012 . | Photo: Getty Images.

Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen of Van Halen perform during "A Different Kind of Truth" tour at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2012 . | Photo: Getty Images.

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Recently, the talented singer took to his Instagram to share a funny chat with a fan who praised him for his music while reminding him that the time to honor his dad is now, having shown that he can stand on his own.

In quick response, the younger Van Halen fired at the fan, noting that he honors his dad by existing and doing what he does. He reiterated his stance on not playing “Panama” for fans.

He believes his father would have wanted him to showcase his talent and not be a shadow of someone else.

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Wolfgang has been in the music scene since he was a teenager, but since his father’s death, the baton of making good music seems to have been passed down to him, and he understands the burden of bearing such an iconic last name.

Before releasing his first album, Wolfgang opened up on the negativity he expected from fans adding that most fans would only judge his music, not for his talent but how it compares to his father’s.

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Rather than let the critics crush him, the budding performer is ready to embrace them with open arms noting that he has no plans to be like his father; instead, he wants to be his own singer.

Some of his father’s old bandmates, like Sammy Hagar, have praised Wolfgang for his stance and thick skin, noting that the only way to find fulfillment as a singer is to follow and create his own voice.

A screenshot of a post from WolfGang Van Halen's Instagram page | Photo: Instagram/wolfvanhalen

A screenshot of a post from WolfGang Van Halen's Instagram page | Photo: Instagram/wolfvanhalen

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In an interview, Wolfgang confessed that he felt free, doing what he wants and not what is expected of him. While most people expect him to go on tours covering Eddie’s songs, Wolfgang seems satisfied with creating his own path.

Not playing his father’s songs for Wolfgang is no sign of rebellion or ingratitude. On the contrary, he believes his father would have wanted him to showcase his talent and not be a shadow of someone else.

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