WOLFGANG VAN HALEN SAYS THAT DUE TO VAN HALEN BEING “DYSFUNCTIONAL,” A TRIBUTE CONCERT FOR HIS DAD IS UNLIKELY, ADDS “I THINK I ALREADY DID IT [ALREADY] WITH THE TAYLOR HAWKINS [CONCERTS]”
Lisa Scarlett of Classic Rock Magazine reports:
Wolfgang Van Halen has opened up about the possibility of a Van Halen reunion in Classic Rock magazine, and says that he’s no longer interested in the idea after experiencing “closure” performing his late father’s songs at the recent Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts…
…When asked by Classic Rock‘s Dave Ling asked about the reunion’s yo-yo-ing likelihood (WVH previously said he didn’t “see it happening” but later machinations were detailed involving the guitarist in the press, suggesting that he was going to be involved) he replies, “I think I already did it with the Taylor Hawkins tributes. I feel a lot of closure because my part of the show was a tribute to my father…”
…Wolfgang goes on to say that the Van Halen camp is “dysfunctional,” and therefore difficult to organize any large projects.
“When it comes to Van Halen and entities surrounding the band it’s unfortunate, certainly compared to Foo Fighters who have their sh-t together with inter-personal relationships” he says.
“I don’t know what it is with some bands, but certain personalities just can’t get over themselves to work collectively for one purpose – that’s been the curse of Van Halen for its entire career. So my playing at the Taylor shows delivered that catharsis without the stresses of dealing with the Van Halen camp, and the players involved. Their camp is very dysfunctional – everyone! – hell, it was difficult to make plans even when the band was active.”
Dave Ling also asks Wolfgang about Hagar’s recent comments in the aforementioned Rolling Stone interview, in which he admits that he’d “love to play those songs again.”
“He said that, but he also said he wouldn’t” says Van Halen. “Sammy said two different things. No… I feel that I’ve said my piece, and if the Taylor concerts are all that happens then I’m happy with that.”
Read more at Classic Rock.
To see Wolfgang performing Van Halen’s Panama and Hot For Teacher at the recent Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in Los Angeles, please click here.