Wolfgang Van Halen Doesn’t Think Alex Van Halen Will Show Up At One Of David Lee Roth’s Final Shows


Wolfgang Van Halen does not think Alex Van Halen will perform at one of David Lee Roththe last concerts.

The FROM HALEN frontman recently announced that he is retiring, with his previously announced residency in Las Vegas as his last series of shows. He also suggested that his former bandmate Alex would appear at some point during the run.

But in a recent interview with SPIN, Wolfgang, who joined his father Eddie Van Halen in FROM HALEN at age 16 for the band’s 2007 reunion tour with Roth, replacement Michael Anthony, seemed to pour cold water on the idea. Asked about the possibility of Alex participate David on stage in Las Vegas, Wolfgang said, “I don’t think so.” When the interviewer pointed out that Roth said it happened Wolfgang replied, “Yes, I know. I know nothing about that.” He added: “I don’t speak for Already or something, but I haven’t heard it. I have not spoken to Already about it, but I mean, that doesn’t really seem like a thing Already would do.

“The thing with FROM HALEN people should have learned that [by] now that if it ain’t from them, it ain’t true. And Already has not made any public statements about this. So I wouldn’t expect it. If he didn’t say it, it probably isn’t true.”

He continued: “People like to talk about Dad and the way he led the band, but that’s not really true. Alreadyis the kind of who was in charge and in the way the band was kind of related in public.”

Earlier this month, Wolfgang talked about Davidretirement in an interview with Consequence. About his personal relationship with the singer, the 30-year-old said: “Dave is a… he is very unique [chuckles] kind of guy. We don’t really talk, if ever. We were always warm on tour together, but it’s not like I haven’t spoken to him at all in the last six years. But, I mean, he’s fucking David Lee Roth. I am so happy for him and for all he has achieved. And he’s just a phenomenal… He’ll always be one of the best.”

Wolfgang previously discussed his relationship with Roth in an interview in November 2020 with rolling stone. At the time, he said, “We’re cordial. But it was very business-like. You know, we were always cool, but we really only saw each other on stage.”

A year ago, Wolfgang revealed a hilarious prank a tour manager played with Roth during FROM HALEN‘s last series of shows, which ended in October 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl. Speak with SPIN, Wolfgang said, “Throughout the tour, Dave had a problem when someone in the audience had a beach ball. Open Air Theater, Summer Concert, Southern California Party Rock, FROM HALEN – it’s not uncommon. But every time he saw them it would make him very upset for some reason. And he stopped singing and then went to the front of the stage and said, ‘Throw the beach ball here, throw the beach ball here, throw the beach ball here’ eight times until he finally got up, and he would stamp it out. Then he would throw it off the stage. I think he just really didn’t want to.

“Before the very last show, the tour manager came up to my dad and me and whispered, ‘Hey, you guys have a funny little surprise for all of you at the end of the show,'” he continued. “We’re like, ‘What?’ And he says, “At the end of… ‘To jump’If you do the ride out, we’ll release 50 beach balls from the top of the crowd. And we’ll see what happens.’ But even if he gets mad, what would he do? It’s the last damn show. And yes, we are coming ‘To jump’, and there was only a procession, an avalanche of beach balls, and Dave was just a short circuit. He didn’t understand how to deal with it. But we all laughed about it. And it was just a really fun, almost fun joke. And yes, that was a very nice memory of that show. As time went on and on, the more I thought about it, like, ‘Wow, if that’s the last show, what a great way to end it.'”

Eddie died in October 2020 at age 65. He battled throat cancer and died surrounded by friends and family at a hospital in Santa Monica, California.

FROM HALEN had been inactive since it completed its US tour six years ago.

In early 2019, there were rumors that the classic-era lineup of FROM HALEN would reunite for the first time since 1984. Since then it has become known that a Eddie was responsible for the tour’s failure to come true.

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