Mammoth WVH’s founder and Van Halen’s former bassist, Wolfgang Van Halen, recently posted a video from nine years ago in which he can be seen performing on stage with Van Halen. In the caption, he talked about his uncle‘s trick on the drums and how Wolf would prepare the audience for Eddie‘s solo.
As you may remember, Van Halen’s co-founder and legendary guitarist Eddie passed away on October 6, 2020, after losing a five-year battle with cancer. His death was mourned by millions but it was especially hard for his family and friends. Wolf, who had lost his father, friend, and bandmate, found the cure in creating music.
Wolf started writing ‘Distance’ while trying to imagine how his life would be without Eddie, even though his father was still alive. Upon Eddie’s passing, Wolfgang released his debut solo song ‘Distance‘ as a tribute to his father on November 16, 2020. His song was a huge hit but it didn’t make it any easier for Wolf to cope with his father’s loss.
Wolf has been actively using his Instagram account to share photos of his father, and cherish the amazing times they had together. Recently, he posted a video from 2012, in which Van Halen can be seen performing ‘Outta Love Again.’ Although Wolf said that he’s not sure about the concert that the footage is from, we uncovered the details.
On May 5, 2012, gave an amazing concert at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma as a part of their ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ tour. In the caption of his Instagram post, Wolf revealed that his uncle, Alex Van Halen, would do a trick on the drums so as to lead the way for Eddie to perform his solo.
What Wolf would do as the bassist, would be to ‘add a little something‘ to that pause which would always make Eddie laugh. In the video, Wolf can be seen doing exactly what he described which indeed makes Eddie smile. Although this cute memory was cherished by numerous Van Halen fans, there were some who accused Wolf of stealing Eddie‘s thunder.
Here’s what Wolf said in the caption of his Instagram post:
“‘Outta Love Again’ somewhere in 2012.
I always loved Al’s Ride and Kick right before the solo. I’d add a little something before it and Pop and I would always laugh.
Good times ❤️”
Here’s what a fan commented under the video:
“Yeah, the ting before the solo is cool. But you totally took the attention away from it by filling the space, no longer works. Maybe that was the joke, fair enough.”
To which Wolf responded:
“Agree to disagree, cranky boi.”
Click here to check out the video that Wolf posted on his Instagram account and you can watch Van Halen perform ‘Outta Love Again’ in Tacoma Dome below.