Wolfgang Van Halen Give Updates On EVH Tribute Concert
It’s been months now since the rumored tribute tour for the late icon, Eddie Van Halen, was revealed. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Wolfgang Van Halen has finally spoken about it.
“What I can say is that there was an attempt at doing something. But, you know, I don’t like to speak negatively about people, but there are some people that make it very difficult to do anything when it comes to Van Halen. After being in Van Halen for a long time, I really have strived to have an environment where there is no walking on eggshells and there is no personality that you have to deal with. It’s just guys having fun making music and just having a good time. But, you know, from my time in Van Halen, there was always some stuff that gets in the way from just making music and having a good time. And, I think, that’s what happened.”
The rocker added:
“I would love to just sit here and say everything and say the truth. There are plenty of interviews my dad did, where he straight up just said everything. And people hated him for it and thought he was lying. So I could just say s—, but people have already decided how they feel about things, facts or not. So I can say the facts. But that may not align with how certain people feel. I know how Van Halen fans get. They are very motivated by which specific people they like in the band. And it’s just not worth it. Just, we made an attempt, and some people can be hard to work with, and made it not happen.”
Wolfgang then clarified that the tribute to his father was planned to be just a one-off performance and not a tour. But that one show might not be happening anytime soon as per the difficulties of organizing it. He explained:
“People love to pin every decision Van Halen has ever made on Dad. But [Alex Van Halen’s] the brain.
“Al has been the guy forever. He’s the dude. When it comes to Van Halen, Dad just wanted to play guitar. But, you know, Al’s mentality, and it’s the mentality that Van Halen took for the entirety of its band, is that there’s nothing worth talking about unless it’s happening…And just because one person [former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted] decided to talk about it when they weren’t supposed to, it f—ed everything up.”
When asked whether the it was David Lee Roth they are struggling with to get the tribute going, Wolfgang said:
“I would say, ‘Do your research on the history of Van Halen, and come to your conclusions.'”