In a recent conversation with 100.3 The X Rocks, Wolfgang Van Halen, who recently started his career as a solo musician, revealed the real story behind the rumors considering Micheal Anthony and a possible Van Halen reunion.
As you may remember, Wolf released his first solo song named ‘Distance‘ on the 16th of November under the name Mammoth WVH, as a tribute to his late father, Eddie Van Halen. The song achieved critical acclaim very soon and while it became the Number 1 song on iTunes in just a few days, the song also ranked 1st in numerous categories on the Billboard charts in just a couple of weeks.
Even though Wolf has started paving his own path now and there are no current Van Halen reunion rumors, there were quite a few before Eddie’s health got worse in 2019. In a recent interview, Wolf addressed the rumors and revealed the truth.
As you may recall, in 2019 there were numerous rumors about a Van Halen major stadium tour with David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, Gary Cheronewith the bassist Michael Antony. The rumor was even confirmed by their manager Irving Azoff.
In the interview, Wolfgang revealed that the reunion rumors were true and that Eddie was really excited about that. Wolf said that initially, they had semi-confirmed Van Halen’s iconic bassist Michael Anthon, who was going to come back, and Wolf was going to do the solo opening of the concert.
Van Halen came really close to a reunion which excited millions of fans but their dreams were shattered when Eddie’s health started worsening. Wolf said that although the reunion didn’t happen, it was still important for their family.
Even though Eddie’s health started getting worse, the reunion dream became something that they would think and talk about. They would make plans and come up with new ideas and that alone was enough to motivate Eddie and increase his excitement.
However, none of their plans or visions were fulfilled as sadly, Eddie’s health got worse. In the interview, Wolf said that he feels sad that these plans were never brought to life as it would have been a ‘grand finale of some sort.’
Here’s what Wolfgang said:
“It was a really fun thing to look forward to, you know, we had already pretty much semi-confirmed Mike [Michael Anthony, classic VH bassist] coming back and me opening [with the solo band]. But once that was kind of set in stone, we had to put it on the back burner because dad’s health wasn’t doing so well.
And throughout that time we kind of were like, ‘What if we took it a step further…?’ And the more we talked about it, the more excited we became. It was like it could just be this grand finale of some sort. It’s really a bummer that it never happened.”
You can check out Wolf’s conversation with 100.3 The X Rocks below and click here to see the source.