Wolfgang Van Halen, son of late guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen, is publicly working through some issues with fans who believe he should be performing songs in honor of his father while he's on a headlining tour with his band Mammoth WVH, as well as opening for Guns N' Roses.
Responding to a fan who told him, "Wolfie, I like your stuff. I just think the time to honor Dad is now. You've already shown you can stand on your own," the singer and bassist said, "I honor my dad by existing and doing what I do every day. I'm not f***in' playing panama for you guys."
For good measure, Wolfie shed some much-needed light on the duality of man that he's up against, suggesting that he's heard complaints from those who think he's "riding his father's coattails" as well -- adding that he's thinking about putting this all on a t-shirt so he doesn't have to keep repeating himself.
It's not like Wolfie is opposed to honoring his father, who was at the top of his mind when deciding to join Van Halen back in 2007 at just 16-years-old. His 2021 Mammoth WVH debut is full of tributes, with the first arriving back in 2020 when he shared the music video for the song "Distance," composed entirely of old home movies featuring the Van Halen family.
Fret not; Wolfie was prepared for a wave of hate when he announced his solo project, well aware that anything he does will be brutally compared to his dad’s iconic band. "Being who I am, I think people at the least will be interested in what my work will sound like, which is very nice," he said optimistically last summer. "But on the other hand, if it's not exactly what they want to hear or if I don't try to sound 'Van Halen-y' enough for them they'll hate me and won't give me the time of day."
"I'm fully prepared for a wave of hate when my music releases because it won't be what people think it'll be," he added. "I'm not trying to be my father, I'm trying to be me."
Anyway, for those who just NEED to hear it now...
"Jump back, what's that sound?"