Wolfgang Van Halen Reacts To ‘Nepotism’ Accusations


Wolfgang Van Halen revealed if he believes his last name is the reason he is now famous in the music business in a new interview with Brazil’s 89 A Rádio Rock.

He was asked if his last name is a blessing or curse in his solo career, “I think it’s a bit of both. While the last name may conveniently open doors, it doesn’t keep them open. So I think as long as you have the goods, that’s what’ll carry you further. So I guess that’s yet to be seen. So we’ll have to see. Only time will tell, I guess.”

Wolfgang told Rolling Stone India in January he was ‘really thankful’ for the response to his solo material, “For me, it’s one thing for people to be interested in it, but after hearing it and people actually wanting to hear more, it is a huge thing. So I’m really excited for people to hear more of the project and stuff because I think they’ll enjoy it.”

“Unfortunately, it’s a double-edged sword with my name; people are going to pay attention either way,” he said. “But there’s nothing I can do about what my name does. It does open doors. Luckily, I’m in a very lucky position. But I think it doesn’t keep the door open. I think you have to prove yourself in order to keep that door open. Otherwise, you’ll fizzle and disappear. So I guess it’s just a matter of time to tell if I have the goods or not. But my father believed in me. And that’s in the end. That’s all I really need. Because he believed in me.”