Like Father, Like Son: Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen Discuss the New Face of Van Halen
From 2008: Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen discuss the evolution and future of the band.
GW How are your friends reacting to your first job?
WOLFGANG My friends just see me as me. I'm Wolfie, doing my thing.
ED But they must trip.
WOLFGANG They do. But they all really support me.
ED I’m sure they’re proud of you.
GW What music do you listen to?
WOLFGANG Mainly rock stuff. Nothing too out of the ordinary. I really like Tool, which is one of my favorite bands, and I love Primus and Sevendust, too.
ED You were totally into AC/DC for a while.
WOLFGANG AC/DC is in all of our hearts because they rule.
ED You listen to us, too.
WOLFGANG Not any more. I haven’t listened to us for a while.
ED That’s because you’re playing it now. I remember when I picked you up from school one day and there were boxes of records sitting in the shop at the studio. You looked at them and went, “Is this all you dad?”
WOLFGANG Oh yeah. I probably was like five.
ED No, I think you were 10.
ED It blew my mind that I totally forgot to turn him on to all the music that I’ve written. All he knew was what he heard on the radio.
WOLFGANG Like “Jump,” and that was it.
ED I’ll never forget when we were coming home from Castle Park [a family entertainment center]. “Hot for Teacher” came on the radio and Wolf was going, “Who is that singing?” I said, “That’s Dave.”
GW When did you start listening to your dad’s recordings with David Lee Roth? What do you like about them?
WOLFGANG I’m not sure when I started.
ED You had to listen to them to learn them.
WOLFGANG Yeah, but I’m not sure when I started. I love it for the same reason everybody else loves it. It’s awesome. It’s just good music. It lasts. It was made a while ago, and it still lives today.
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