Van Halen has officially hired 15-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen
-- the son of guitarist Eddie Van Halen
and estranged wife Valerie Bertinelli
, and nephew of drummer Alex Van Halen -- as the new bassist for the band, according to TMZ.com
Wolfgang replaces longtime bassist Michael Anthony
, who left the band earlier this year. Van Halen spokesperson Janie Liszewski
tells TMZ.com that Wolfgang, known as "Wolfie
," has already joined his dad and uncle for rehearsals in the studio.
Wolfie played dates with his father during the band's 2004 tour, and the song "316
" on 1991's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
" was named for Wolfie's birth date that same year.
The band is still without a lead singer, despite rumors
that David Lee Roth