Wolfgang Van Halen recalls the time a bug “the size of a phone” landed on his father’s pedalboard

Bassist Wolfgang and Guitarist Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen perform at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
(Image credit: Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images)

Wolfgang Van Halen recently appeared on HardDrive Radio's Ask Anything Chat, and among the many questions thrown his way was to name the “strangest or most unusual thing” that has happened to him onstage.

His response?

"There was a guy in San Jose who was flipping me off the whole time in the crowd,” he said. “And throughout the show, I had this battle of my emotions on how to handle it. And by the end I was like, 'I could probably throw him out. That's a proper response to that, right?' So yeah, I did. And it was good that there wasn't a guy flipping me off anymore.”

Wolf also recalled another incident, ‘I think it was in Kansas City, in 2015, on the Van Halen tour,” he said. 

“There was a ginormous bug, like, huge – like, the size of my phone – that landed on my dad's pedalboard. But it had been on the stage, like, making its way throughout the whole show, but by the time it got to my dad's solo, it landed right there and he stopped playing the solo. He was like, 'There's a big-ass effin' bug on my pedal board!’”

Gives a whole new meaning to The Full Bug, no?

Van Halen’s band, Mammoth WVH, will release their self-titled debut album on June 11.

Recently, he issued the second track from the record, You’re to Blame, which follows the November 2020 release of the Eddie Van Halen tribute song, Distance.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.