Wolfgang ‘hates’ COVID for stealing Van Halen’s final performance
Shortly after Eddie Van Halen’s death, it was revealed that there had been talk of a ‘kitchen sink’ tour bringing together Van Halen’s main cast over the years, and while the fragile health of the guitarist made racing impossible, Wolfgang Van Halen shares an interview of his disdain for the role COVID-19 played in the dotted tour plan.
Talk with the Washington post, the young Van Halen reveals that his father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at the end of 2017. But the guitarist flew to Germany for treatments that seemed to stabilize his health, which allowed Eddie to visiting Wolfgang while recording his first solo album. As the cancer spread, Eddie went to the hospital more frequently for treatment.
But 2020 brought the COVID-19 pandemic, ending touring and young Van Halen explains that as a result his father may have missed a chance for one last performance before his death on October 6.
According to the newspaper, Wolfgang explains that if the pandemic had not occurred, his father could have traveled to Germany for more treatment and with a positive result he could have joined him on the road.
“The way we imagined it, if I were to open for Van Halen, he would come out and play a solo for a song,” says Wolfgang. “It would have been the ultimate dream.”
He adds, “I will always hate COVID and the way it was handled because they stole this moment from me. “
Wolfgang spoke for the first time from the “Kitchen Sink” tour at SiriusXM’s Howard Stern Show last November. The global tour reportedly saw Michael Anthony return to bass, while David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar sang, and there was talk of inviting the band’s third vocalist, Gary Cherone, to return as well. “If only things had been better it would have been amazing,” Wolfgang said at the time, revealing that he would open the shows.
Last fall, Wolfgang Van Halen presented the first music for his upcoming solo album Mammoth WVH, a tribute to his late father called “Distance”. In the months that followed, he performed the tracks “You’re to Blame”, “Don’t Back Down”, “Think It Over”, “Feel” and more recently “Mammoth”. The eponymous disc is due on June 11.