With Mammoth WVH currently winding down a tour with Alter Bridge and upcoming dates opening up for metal gods Metallica soon approaching, Wolfgang Van Halen admits that the prospect of getting on stage has consistently caused him to be on edge.
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"I get nervous all the time," Wolfgang shares. "I'm nervous when I have no reason to get nervous. I have really bad anxiety."
"When it comes to playing shows, I've found that now that I've been doing it so much, it starts to ease up. Usually, the first few shows of a tour is when it's the worst," Wolfie adds, "and then you sort of get into a groove. But yeah, when we open for Metallica, I'm gonna be freaking out for sure. That's a problem for a future Wolfie, this one has to worry about the stuff going on right now."
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"Really, I just don't want to mess up; I want to be proud of what I'm doing," he says, "and if I mess up I wouldn't be proud of it... I don't know if I'll ever be 100 percent confident in anything, but the best thing you can do is just do your best and hold onto that feeling when you have it."
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