Wolfgang Van Halen Addresses The Curse Of His Surname
Mammoth WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen recently spoke to Classic Rock for their end-of-year issue and admitted that having the Van Halen surname can be a curse as well as an advantage.
After losing his father, Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang focused on his solo music career with his band Mammoth WVH. 2021 has been a quite successful year for Wolf and his band as his debut album, ‘Mammoth WVH,’ was released on June 11, 2021. Wolf was working on the album for a long period of time, however, its release was delayed due to his father’s disease. The album received positive reviews by the music authorities and achieved reaching no. 12 on the Billboard 200 charts.
Wolfgang took care of every detail during the process. He wrote every song and also played every instrument in the tracks of the album. The first release of the album was ‘Distance,’ which Wolf presented as a tribute to his father. He was nominated for Grammy Awards in the category of Best Rock song with this emotional track. He exppressed his happiness for this nomination on his Twitter account.
His father, Eddie Van Halen, was one of the greatest guitarists in rock history without question. His father’s fame and success also affected Wolf’s solo career. In the conversation he joined, Wolfgang talked about this issue and stated that his surname has both pros and cons. Apparently, the Van Halen name gave him a hand to launch his solo career due to the great opportunities it provided.
On the other hand, his surname also caused people to have high expectations from him owing to his father’s legacy. He stated that if a person didn’t have the ‘goods to back it up,’ they won’t be there for long. Wolf added that if he disappear in the next year, it might mean that he actually didn’t have ‘it.’
Here are Wolfgang’s words on his surname:
“It’s definitely a blessing and a curse. I’m very blessed to have the opportunities that I’m able to just because of my last name, but I really don’t think that the last name keeps those doors open for you. If you don’t have the goods to back it up, you’re not going to be there for long. So I guess if I disappear in the next year, I didn’t have it!”
Wolf admits that his surname undeniably opens the doors but he is also aware that he needs to be competent enough to take a step forward. Of course, it is not an easy job to continue his father’s legacy but still, he is climbing the career ladder one by one.