Wolfgang Van Halen explains why his surname is a “blessing and a curse”

Wolfgang Van Halen
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It’s been a remarkable year for Wolfgang Van Halen, son of late electric guitar legend Eddie Van Halen. In the space of 12 months, the Mammoth WVH frontman released a debut solo album, made his national TV debut with his new project and embarked on a sprawling tour of the US with rock ‘n’ roll royalty Guns ‘N’ Roses.

In a recent conversation with Classic Rock magazine, Wolfgang reflected on the impact the iconic Van Halen surname has had on his 2021 successes, acknowledging that, while it’s given him certain opportunities, it’s also a “curse”.

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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.