Wolfgang Van Halen says covering Van Halen made him so nervous he had to change string gauges

Wolfgang Van Halen
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Of the countless highlights from last year’s mammoth Taylor Hawkins tribute shows, Wolfgang Van Halen performing – and nailing – two Van Halen classics sits high up on the list. The flawless covers of Hot For Teacher and Panama, which saw Wolfgang channel the spirit of his father Eddie Van Halen, were so good they even prompted accusations of miming.

During the effortlessly on-point performances, Wolfgang Van Halen was the epitome of cool, but despite coming across as the most confident shredder on stage, the electric guitar hero was (understandably) actually very nervous indeed.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.