Wolfgang Van Halen has once again weighed in on the proposed all-star Van Halen tribute project. Eddie died in October 2020 at the age of 65. The legendary Van Halen guitarist passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. He stated that “drama” in the band’s camp has prevented such an event from materializing.
Wolfgang Van Halen opens up on the possible tribute show
In a brand new interview with Barbara Caserta of Linea Rock, the son of Eddie Van Halen, who played three Van Halen songs over the course of two Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts in September alongside Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl on bass, Josh Freese on drums and The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins on vocals, was asked if he thinks an Eddie Van Halen tribute concert will ever become a reality.
He responded: “No, no, no. I think with the Foo Fighters, they have a lot less drama involved in their camp. And unfortunately, with Van Halen there’s many pieces that don’t operate as they should, unfortunately. But that’s neither here nor there; it’s just how reality is, unfortunately, sometimes.”
No progress has been reported on a possible Van Halen tribute concert since April 2022 when former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted revealed to The Palm Beach Post that he was approached by Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen about six months earlier about playing bass for the project.
In November 2020, Wolfgang told Entertainment Tonight that proceeds from any tribute show in honor of his father would go toward Eddie’s favorite charity, Mr. Holland’s Opus, which helps underprivileged students access musical instruments. Proceeds from the debut solo single from Wolfgang’s solo band Mammoth Wolfgang Van Halen, “Distance”, are also benefiting Mr. Holland’s Opus.