- Wolfgang William Van Halen, born March 16, 1991, is the current bassist for Van Halen. He replaced Michael Anthony in 2006. He was named after the classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His uncle is Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen. His middle name is rumored to be taken from the title of the Van Halen song “Big Bad Bill (is Sweet William Now),” a cover of a jazz standard David Lee Roth sang about Eddie.
Wolfgang was a part of his father’s vision for Van Halen from a very young age. The instrumental “316″ was named in his honour, after Wolfgang’s birthday. Later, his father named a custom guitar after him,the EVH Wolfgang. Eddie stated that Wolfgang is new to the bass guitar but claims that he mastered it within a few months.
Wolfgang later began actively participating in the band. He also made guest appearances during some dates of Van Halen‘s 2004 tour, appearing during his father’s extended guitar solo spot and playing “316″ with him.
Although Wolfgang began working on new material with his father and uncle in late 2006, it is unclear if or when any of it will be released. A fall 2007 Van Halen tour was announced during a press conference on August 13, 2007. The tour began on September 27, 2007 and has since been expanded into 2008. There is speculation that this may be expanded to a world tour and a new album.
Like his father, Wolfgang is a multi-instrumentalist; in addition to bass, he also plays drums, guitar, and keyboard.
Wolfgang made headlines in early 2008 by appearing on the cover of Guitar World with his father, in the magazine’s very first father-son issue. Wolfgang was also mentioned on the Rachael Ray talk show in 2007 when his mother, Valerie, spoke with Rachael about the stresses of having her son on the road. She said, “He’s just like, ‘Mom, don’t say anything stupid about me on Rachael Ray!’” She also said that Wolfgang is a “good boy” and when he finds himself in an adult situation, calls her and says, “Mom, I’m not comfortable here.”
Wolfie was talked about extensively in Valerie’s memoir, Losing It- And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time. – adapted from Wikipedia