Wolfgang Van Halen recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight and spoke about how there just may be a tribute show in honor of his late father, Eddie Van Halen, at some point in the future. If it goes down, it would see all proceeds from the event going toward Eddie’s favorite charity, Mr. Holland’s Opus, which helps underprivileged students access musical instruments.
During that same interview, he also touched on the future of VAN HALEN, as rumors of the band continuing with Wolfgang stepping in for his late father have begun to circulate as of late. These speculations were quickly shot down.
“No way. That’ll never happen,” Wolfgang told Entertainment Tonight (see video below). “I think a message to the VAN HALEN fans [would be that] some things just really suck. I don’t have a dad anymore and I have to figure out how to process that and deal with it. And, that’s the process that VAN HALEN fans need to go through and realize that you can’t have the band anymore without Eddie Van Halen. The music will live on forever, but you can’t have [the band] without him. Impossible.
“My dad would probably be really pissed off at me if I [tried to take his place,]” Wolfgang added. “He’d probably be, like, ‘What are you doing playing my stuff? Go do your stuff.’ He would’ve been really upset, like, ‘You have all this music you’re sitting on. Why wouldn’t you go forward with that?'”
Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California from complications due to cancer.
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