Wolfgang Van Halen nails Eruption on bass to silence online troll

Wolfgang Van Halen of Van Halen performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 16, 2015 in Mountain View, California.
(Image credit: C Flanigan/Getty Images)

Wolfgang Van Halen – yes, son of Eddie, but you already knew that – has been working on a solo album, and boy, has it been a long time coming. But, from what we’ve heard so far, it sounds very promising indeed.

So, it’s understandable that young Wolfie would get pretty annoyed if an online troll said all the record would amount to is “a revised version of Eruption on bass”. WVH’s response? To record a clip of him playing exactly that.

Van Halen picks up his EVH namesake bass guitar to run through the track’s trademark tapping section (albeit in a different key), accompanied by the caption: “So here it is, I guess. My entire album. 35 seconds of Eruption on bass. Stay tuned for album number 2 where I play 35 seconds of Spanish Fly on bass and nothing else.”

And for good measure, he adds: “FUN FACT: I was not wearing pants when I recorded this.”

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WVH plays all instruments and sings on the forthcoming record, which is produced by Alter Bridge and Tremonti collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette.

Earlier this year, Wolfgang signed a deal with Explorer1 MusicGroup, so we’re hoping to at least hear a full track before the year is out…

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.