Wolfgang Van Halen nails Panama at LA Taylor Hawkins tribute concert – after promising he'd never play the track live

[L-R] Justin Hawkins, Dave Grohl and Wolfgang Van Halen
(Image credit: Jonathan Cohen/YouTube)

After performing dead-on versions of two classic Van Halen tracks at the first Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins tribute show earlier this month, Wolfgang Van Halen appeared at the second last night at LA’s Kia Forum to once again honor Hawkins as well as his own late father, Eddie Van Halen.

Like his performance at London’s Wembley Stadium on September 3, Wolfgang again appeared alongside Dave Grohl on bass guitar, Josh Freese on drums and The Darkness’s Justin Hawkins on vocals to deliver renditions of two classic Van Halen cuts.

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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.