Wolfgang Van Halen on EVH Grammys tribute: “Being asked to play Eruption felt like a tone-deaf ask”

Wolfgang Van Halen
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Wolfgang Van Halen has gone into more detail about his decision not to perform at the 2021 Grammy Awards in tribute to his late father.

After a 15-second tribute to Eddie Van Halen was aired during the 'In Memoriam' segment of the 63rd Grammy Awards earlier this month, several high-profile rock names – including former Van Halen frontman Gary Cherone and radio personality Eddie Trunk – took to Twitter to voice their discontent.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.