Wolfgang Van Halen Reflects On Being Overshadowed By David Lee Roth And His Father Eddie


Mammoth WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen recently joined Loudwire for an interview in which he talked about staying in the shadow of the iconic frontman David Lee Roth and his father Eddie Van Halen.

Following the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s passing, Van Halen members decided that the band can’t continue without him. Wolf also ended his career with the band and focused on making his own music as a solo musician. As of now, Wolfgang is continuing his musical career with his solo band Mammoth WVH.

In many of his statements, Wolfgang stated that he is now following his own career path, and he is trying to find his own unique sound. However, the musician has been struggling with fans’ endless criticism as they still expect Wolfgang to play Van Halen songs, sound more like the band, and follow his father’s steps.

Trying to turn a deaf ear to these comments, Wolfgang currently focuses on his musical efforts with Mammoth WVH. Although he once stated that he doesn’t have the personality of a rock star, the musician is fronting his own band now while being in the spotlight, unlike his place in Van Halen.

In an interview by Loudwire, Wolfgang Van Halen compared his career in Mammoth WVH with Van Halen. He said that the audience was there to watch Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth in Van Halen, but now he is the one who draws the most attention. As Wolf said, this feels unnatural as it doesn’t match up with his personality.

Comparing being in Mammoth WVH with his tenure in Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen said:

“It’s way different. With Van Halen, everybody was there to look at Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth, so I could just kind of do my thing and fly under the radar and be comfortable.

But now, I’m the dude that everybody’s looking at, and that is so unnatural and doesn’t match up with my personality type whatsoever. But I love and care about the music so much that I made that you just kind of step up for the moment and just go for it because it’s just a part of the job.”

You can watch the full interview below.