Wolfgang Van Halen: “You can feel the history emanating out of the Frankenstein. Picking up that guitar is almost a religious experience”

Wolfgang Van Halen
(Image credit: Bryan Beasley)

Recent years have witnessed many a guitar hero in the making, but few have felt as genuinely electrifying as Wolfgang Van Halen. Of course, there’s the genetic advantage – his father was undoubtedly the most important rock guitarist to follow on from the likes of Hendrix and Page. And Wolfgang had also played bass guitar in the Van Halen lineup for the band’s final album and consecutive world tour, not long after his 20th birthday.

But on the singer/guitarist’s 2021 debut as Mammoth WVH – which he composed, sung and performed singlehandedly – Wolfgang proved his talents alone were enough to stop people in their tracks and take notice.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).