Wolfgang Van Halen
|Birth name||Wolfgang William Van Halen|
|Also known as|
|Born||March 16, 1991|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Wolfgang William Van Halen ([ˈʋɔlfɣɑŋ ˈwiliəm vɑnˈhaːlə], born March 16, 1991) is an American musician best known as the former bassist for Van Halen (2006–2020) and Tremonti (2012–2016). His parents named him after the classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. At 29 years old, he was the youngest member of Van Halen prior to their dissolution after the October 6, 2020 death of his father, Eddie Van Halen. In November 2020, Van Halen started a new band called Mammoth WVH.
Van Halen had an indirect effect on his father's career from the very beginning of his life. The instrumental "316" refers to his birthday. For a 13-year period ending in 2004, Eddie Van Halen collaborated with Peavey on a line of guitars, the Wolfgang series, named after his son. In 2008, his father named a custom guitar after him, the Fender EVH Wolfgang.
Wolfgang started his musical career as a drummer. He often watched his father rehearse, and at times would try to play his uncle Alex's drum kit, whereupon the latter would give him a few lessons. Wolfgang started playing drums at the age of nine, mostly self-taught with only few lessons from his uncle, and got his first drum set from his father as a present for his tenth birthday. Some time later he moved on to guitar and bass. He can also play keyboards and "figure things out by ear". Wolfgang later began actively participating in Van Halen, the band. He also made guest appearances during some dates of Van Halen's 2004 tour, appearing during his father's extended guitar solo spot and playing "316" with him.
In late 2006, in an interview with Guitar World, Eddie Van Halen confirmed that his son would replace Michael Anthony as Van Halen's bassist. Wolfgang first toured with Van Halen in his new capacity in 2007. In August 2010, Van Halen announced that they would record a new album, with Wolfgang playing bass.
In early 2008, Van Halen appeared on the cover of the April issue of Guitar World with his father, in the magazine's first father-son issue.
He recorded his only album with Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth, in 2011. The album was released on February 7, 2012.
On September 10, 2012, Alter Bridge and Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti announced that Van Halen would be filling in for Brian Marshall as bassist for the first tour of Tremonti's eponymous band. Tremonti's first album, All I Was, was released on July 17 of that year. Van Halen became an official member of Tremonti in 2013, replacing previous bassist Brian Marshall. He appears on the band's 2015 studio album Cauterize and its 2016 follow-up Dust.
Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery revealed in a June 2019 tweet on Twitter that Wolfgang will play on his upcoming solo debut. "[Wolfgang] will be playing drums, maybe some bass," he says. "I'll do the rest. Just not good enough on the kit myself to pull it off in [the] studio."
In a February 2015 interview with the National Museum of American History, Eddie Van Halen indicated that Wolfgang was working on a solo album. On June 9, 2019 Van Halen appeared as a guest on his mother's Food Network television show and announced that he had completed his solo album.
On February 11, 2021, Van Halen announced that his self-titled debut album would be released on June 11.
In a June 9th, 2021 interview with People, he described the Mammoth WVH album saying it is "Personal as can be". In that same interview, it is revealed that the band name was inspired by the band Mammoth, which was an early line-up of Van Halen. It was also revealed to be recorded at 5150 Studios, where Van Halen albums since 1984 up to A Different Kind of Truth were recorded. People also described the album as being hard rock with the track "Circles" being described as a soft ballad that showcases Wolfgang's work on the guitar. Ultimate Classic Rock described "Think it Over" and "Distance" as showcasing Wolfgang's pop smarts.
Van Halen started playing the bass as his father started asking if he wanted to play with him. Van Halen first viewed bass as "an easier version of guitar, but as soon as I started playing it I realized how wrong that was", but stated that his experience with a guitar made it easier for him to deal with the instrument. His style was described by Eddie as a "rhythm bassist, like I'm a rhythm guitarist and a bassist put together." When he first began playing bass, his inspirations were Les Claypool of Primus and Justin Chancellor of Tool. He also enjoys Chris Wolstenholme of Muse, John Entwistle of The Who, Jack Bruce of Cream "and all of the classic players".
Wolfgang's musical style mainly consists of the hard rock and heavy metal genres, however, he has also released a few pop songs under the Mammoth WVH name, namely "Think It Over" and "Distance".
Named in homage to the classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he is the only child of Dutch-Indonesian American guitarist Eddie Van Halen and American actress Valerie Bertinelli, and the nephew of Dutch-Indonesian American drummer Alex Van Halen. Wolfgang has said that he did not know his father was a famous musician until he "started picking up CDs and saw his father's [Eddie's] picture on them".
Following the completion of the 2007/2008 Van Halen tour, Wolfgang returned to school. Planning to graduate by the summer of 2009, he would graduate in 2010. Van Halen appears as the bassist for Van Halen in Guitar Hero: Van Halen, even replacing Michael Anthony in the band's past incarnation. Wolfgang remained in Van Halen until 2020 when the band disbanded following his father's death.
with Van Halen
with Mammoth WVH
as a featured musician
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"You're to Blame"||2021||—||—||—|
|"Don't Back Down"||10||—||—|
|"Think It Over"||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
|2021||"Don't Back Down"|
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