Wolfgang Calls Shots In Van Halen

A rare interview with the bassist reveals how he's responsible for a wide range of decisions including rehearsal sessions and live set lists.

Wolfgang Calls Shots In Van Halen
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Wolfgang started working with father Eddie in 2005, a year before he became the official replacement for original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. Despite the furore from fans after the band attempted to wipe Anthony from their history even featuring Wolfgang in a video game playing tracks recorded before he was born guitar icon Eddie has stated they wouldn't be together today if it wasn't for his son. In a light-hearted interview Wolfgang tells Esquire: "I guess it really didn't hit me until the first night of the tour in 2007. It just felt so normal because we had already been rehearsing for two years. "We started four months before I was 16. But we rehearsed for, like, a year and a half, two years it takes a really long time to get shit done. We've pretty much been rehearsing every single day, excluding Sundays." Eddie adds: "Sometimes we go, "You wanna play or not? His son counters: "Dad always goes, "Do I have to?" And I say, "Yes." Wolfgang is determined to keep the entire live experience as interesting as possible for his bandmates. He says: "We've been doing this new thing to mix it up: every single show we've played has been different. "I kind of come up with the set lists. When we've got a song that we haven't done, it's like, we should probably run through this before the show and figure out the count of it. Because Dad, for some reason, counts in odds. He'll land on three instead of four. I have to look at him sometimes. "He still, to this day, does not know the lyrics to "Beautiful Girls" he has it written down on his pedal board. On the last tour I used to have to mouth lyrics." And the young bassist is hopeful the band won't wait too long to record a follow-up to "A Different Kind Of Truth". "We have a lot of ideas that we wrote that never made it," he says. "And there's so much material Dad wrote a long time ago that has never seen the light of day." Thanks for the report to Classicrockmagazine.com.

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    rocknroll \m/
    You know, as much as I wish Michael Anthony was back, I don't think this band would be around without Wolfie..... It seems like he's managing to keep things going for his dad
    hmcguire
    "He still, to this day, does not know the lyrics to "Beautiful Girls" he has it written down on his pedal board. On the last tour I used to have to mouth lyrics."
    I lol'd
    BradTheBluefish
    rocknroll \m/ wrote: You know, as much as I wish Michael Anthony was back, I don't think this band would be around without Wolfie..... It seems like he's managing to keep things going for his dad
    In an interview with Wolfgang's mother, she said this tour is only happening because it gives Eddie the chance to play with his son, to be with his son. He wouldn't have done it without him. I agree with you, not only is it so Eddie can play with his soon, but also for Wolfgang to make sure everyone is in order.
    gkex
    Wolfgang is awesome. I don't see why people hate on him so much. Even Michael Anthony likes him. get why people were surprised by the fact that Eddie and Alex would let Wolfgang into the band seeing as it is called VAN HALEN. So thanks Wolfgang, for motivating my favorite band of all time to keep making music.
    CinderellaFan14
    I love Michael Anthony, and I wish he was in Van Halen still, because it does a phenomenal job. But Wolfie is keeping the band together, keeping them making new music, and he still does an incredible job at only keeps getting better. Sounds like Wolf is the main force behind giving us new Van Halen albums, so... THANKS WOLF!
    the dean97
    its cool how they have wolfgang in the band because he seems to be a motivational factor to get them going.
    Raining Kasch
    Saw their show with Wolfgang, actually didn't miss Michael too much. The kid's good, he's got great stage presence, he can even do the backup vocals like Mike. Seems intelligent enough too.