Wolfgang Van Halen recently joined Rolling Stone for an interview and addressed the rumor of a singer joining Led Zeppelin.
Wolfgang Van Halen opens up on the matter
A year after the release of his debut, Wolfgang jumped on Zoom to share some thoughts on his next album, the future of his career, his time in Van Halen, the tribute his uncle Alex Van Halen was trying to plan for his late father, Eddie Van Halen, and much more.
Rolling Stone revealed the rumor to Wolfgang, “When Robert Plant wouldn’t tour with Led Zeppelin, they auditioned all kinds of singers, including Steven Tyler. But just because they jammed a couple of times, doesn’t mean anything really came of that.”
“Not at all. And just because one person [former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted] decided to talk about [The Eddie Van Halen tribute show/tour] when they weren’t supposed to, it f***ed everything up.”
He was asked if it was really messed up. He said:“That wasn’t the end of it, actually. It was already not happening.”
Wolfgang was asked if someone were to assume that the main problem was a certain singer with three initials, what would he say to that. He replied: “I would say ‘Do your research on the history of Van Halen, and come to your conclusions.’”
Wolfgang is currently hosting a monthly SiriusXM show and he’s enjoying a brief period of “doing nothing” after a long run of touring behind his well-received, years-in-the-making powerhouse of a debut album, Mammoth WVH – also the name of his one-man band, which becomes an actual band on the road.
Later this year, he is set to tour Europe for the first time, and is set to be a guest at two Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts, one in Los Angeles Sept. 27, the other in the U.K. Sept. 3 (Mammoth WVH also started covering “My Hero” onstage after Hawkins’ death).