Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli’s lone child, Wolfgang Van Halen, was born on March 16, 1991, in Santa Monica, California. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a well-known composer, inspired his name. From the outset, his father and uncle Alex unquestionably influenced his life and job choices.
The young Van Halen began drumming at nine, influenced by his older brother Alex, who played the drums in his father’s band. He got his first drum kit from his father for his tenth birthday. Later, the young Van Halen picked up the guitar, bass, and keyboards. The instrumental song “316,” which was written to celebrate the young Van Halen’s March birthday, was played with him during several of his father’s 2004 tour performances.
Van Halen Tenure
Eddie Van Halen revealed in 2006 that his son would take over as Van Halen’s new bassist in place of Michael Anthony. The youthful Van Halen started traveling with the group the following year. He shared the cover with his father for the first father-son issue of the magazine Guitar World in 2008. The young Van Halen went on to record “A Different Kind of Truth,” his only studio album with the group, in 2011.
The album was also Van Halen’s last studio album, released the following year. “A Different Kind of Truth” debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was both a critical and commercial success. The young Van Halen made his final recorded appearance in 2015 when he made an appearance on the live CD “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert.” Following Eddie’s dying in 2020, Van Halen broke up.
Wolfgang Van Halen Tremonti
Van Halen replaced Brian Marshall as the bassist for the heavy metal group Tremonti’s first tour in 2012. The following year, Van Halen joined Tremonti as a legitimate member. Tremonti’s second studio album following “All I Was,” “Cauterize,” was his first album recorded with the group.
“Cauterize,” a 2015 release, made the charts in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The third studio album by Tremonti, “Dust,” was created at the same time as that one and was released in 2016. “Dust” reached its highest place on the UK Albums chart at number 16 and peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200. In 2016, Van Halen disbanded Tremonti.
Wolfgang Van Halen Mammoth WVH
In 2015, Van Halen launched his solo endeavor, Mammoth WVH. He gave the industry the moniker Mammoth, after his father’s original band, which later became Van Halen. Following the demise of his father in October 2020, the young Van Halen started concentrating more on the project. He dedicated the album’s lead song, “Distance,” to his father by releasing it in November of that year. Later, Mammoth WVH expanded its touring roster to include musicians Frank Sidoris, Ron Ficarro, Jon Jourdan, and Tremonti drummer Garrett Whitlock.
Van Halen is featured on vocals, guitar, bass, percussion, and keyboards on Mammoth WVH’s self-titled debut album, which Michael Baskette produced. The album was a hit, reaching the top of the Billboard 200 and the Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums lists, respectively. The album contained “Don’t Back Down” and “Epiphany,” in addition to the previously released “Distance.”
Wolfgang Van Halen’s Net Worth
A musician from the United States named Wolfgang Van Halen has a $20 million fortune. For the American hard rock band Van Halen from 2006 to 2020, Wolfgang Van Halen played bass, which is how most people know him. 2006 saw him take over for Michael Anthony. He played with the heavy metal band Tremonti for a while, from 2012 to 2016, throughout that period. Van Halen has mainly concentrated on his solo project Mammoth WVH since his father’s passing in 2020; the project’s debut album will be available in 2021.
His father, Eddie Van Halen, is a guitarist and the band’s founder, while his mother is an actress named Valerie Bertinelli. The nephew of Alex Van Halen, the drummer for Van Halen, is Wolfgang.
Other Works of Van Halen
Van Halen has been featured on some albums by other artists. In 2012, he contributed background vocals to the album “The Strange Case Of…,” by the rock band Halestorm. Van Halen was later featured on guitarist Clint Lowery’s 2020 album “God Bless the Renegades,” providing additional drums.
Wolfgang Van Halen Influences
As a bassist, Van Halen was inspired early on by Tool’s Justin Chancellor and Primus’s Les Claypool. He has also cited Muse’s Chris Wolstenholme, Cream’s Jack Bruce, and the Who’s John Entwistle as formative influences on his musical style.