Back in 2020, Wolfgang made a comment about David Lee Roth and his father’s music. Wolfgang Van Halen said that David Lee Roth has ‘all the right in the world’ to perform all Van Halen songs live with his solo band.
During the promotion of his upcoming debut album from his solo project, MAMMOTH WVH, he talked about David and the songs. Roth made a statement in 2019 regarding the songs of Van Halen. He said he would be ‘the fave of Van Halen from this point on’ as Wolfgang’s father Eddie Van Halen was battling cancer at the time.
Regarding that, Wolfgang commented, “I guess, to a certain extent. [Dave] has all the right in the world to play the VAN HALEN songs he was a part of, so I don’t see any problem with that. There’s such a wide breadth of what the VAN HALEN catalog is then just him, so it might be a little weird to say he’s the face of it.”
Talking about his relationship with Roth, Wolfgang said that they are cordial. It was with an interview with Rolling Stone. “It was very business-related. You know, we were always cool, but we really only ever saw each other onstage.”
Roth also explained the reason he wanted to perform the songs solo. While talking with KSLX radio station, he revealed the reason he once again went solo is that Eddie was “probably not gonna answer the bell this time.”
Back in 2019, there were rumors about the classic lineup of Van Halen would reunite for the first time since 1984. However, it was ruled out, revealing that the health problem of Eddie was the responsible factor.
Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, 2020. He had been battling cancer for several years and was announced dead by his song Wolfgang on social media. He was surrounded by his friends and family at a Santa Monica, California hospital.
In July, Roth said that he also had no idea if Eddie would even come up on the stage or not. With The New York Times, he said, “I don’t even want to say I’ve waited — I’ve supported for five years. Because what I do is physical as well as musical and spiritual — you can’t take five years off from the ring. But I did. And I do not regret a second of it. He’s a bandmate. We had a colleague down. And he’s down now for enough time that I don’t know that he’s going to be coming back out on the road. You want to hear the classics? You’re talking to him.”
Watch Wolfgang Van Halen’s interview down below.