Wolfgang Van Halen recently picked 11 albums with Classic Rock that have shaped his path so far in his journey of music. He also named Van Halen themselves and picked albums ‘Fair Warning’ which was released in 1981 and ‘Balance’ which was released in 1995. He also spoke about Sammy Hagar. Van Halen member recently rejected Summer Tour dates.
Wolfgang Van Halen says Van Halen album as it influenced
He noted that Van Halen played a major role in his music influence and also was part of his upbringing: “I’ve lived and breathed it my whole life. But I’ve kind of fudged, because I don’t think you can fully represent what Van Halen is without looking at both the Roth era and the Hagar era.”
He noted that ‘Fair Warning’, the Roth era album, is a very ‘special album’ to him. He believes ‘it’s a cult classic’. He then went on to speak about albums of Sammy Hagar era. Wolfgang said: “For the Hagar era, Balance was the album that meant a lot to me. Technically I was alive for [1991’s] For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, but Balance was the one that I kind of remember being around when it was happening. You could argue that For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge was a better album, but Balance, for me, means more. It’s more of a nostalgic thing. Sonically, it’s phenomenal-sounding album – it sounds incredible.”
He lavished praised and said that it might be the best-sounding Hagar album or maybe the best sounding Van Halen. Wolfgang stated that “the Hagar era shows another side of my father’s playing as well.” He spoke about the ‘melodic stuff’ noted that “some of the most beautiful melodies he’s ever written have been in the Hagar era with things like Dreams or the song Not Enough from Balance. But then I love all of the Van Halen albums.”