Wolf Van Halen Has Stepped Out Of Eddie Van Halen’s Shadow, Mark Tremonti Believes
Eddie Van Halen’s impact on the music industry is undeniable, and his legacy continues to live on. However, for his son, Wolfgang, this legacy comes with a heavy burden. Being the offspring of such a towering figure in the music world can be a challenging task, especially if you’re trying to make a name for yourself in the same scene. However, according to Mark Tremonti, Wolfgang Van Halen achieved it, as the guitarist revealed in his recent interview with Audio Ink Radio.
“So far, I think we’ve played five of the new tunes live,” Tremonti said about performing their latest studio album ‘Pawns & Kings,’ live. “And we’re going to break out another three on this next run. So, it keeps it exciting for us to see how the crowd reacts to these new tunes.”
The musician continued, “These are all friends of ours that we’ve known for years and years. I’ve been in a band with Wolfie and Garett [Whitlock], and Myles [Kennedy] has played with Frank [Sidoris]. It’s one big family out there. I’m really happy and proud of everything Wolfie has accomplished over these past few years.” Mark added that you would “never know Wolfie’s last name is Van Halen.”
It is apparent that touring with Mammoth WVH last year was a great experience for Tremonti. Although Wolf’s band has been in the rock scene for a short time, most listeners have agreed that its music defies easy categorization. With a sound that melds the raw energy of rock and roll with the virtuosity of classic metal, they have created something that is both familiar and fresh, paying homage to the past while blazing a trail for the future.
Despite the significant pressure Van Halen fans put on Wolfgang to continue the legacy of his late father after Eddie’s passing in 2020, the frontman chose to form his own band. However, the young band’s origins can be traced back to when Wolfgang was a young boy, watching his father play the guitar. Furthermore, the name is a direct homage to Van Halen, as they initially went by the name Mammoth. Also, Wolf continues to honor the memory of his father by taking care of his brand and vision.