Most dads hope to bond with their kids over music, and one of Eddie Van Halen’s greatest thrills was playing with his son. Now the junior Van Halen says he has no regrets putting his own career on hold to care for his dying dad in his final days.
Eddie Van Halen passed away last fall from his battle with cancer. His son Wolf told The Today Show that it’s been “really tough pretending everything is OK.” However, the memory of his dad is what helps him recover from the loss.
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“If I just gave up and stopped and crawled in a hole, which I feel like doing every day, I know he’d be really pissed off at me. He’s the only thing that keeps me going.”
Wolf also said he has absolutely no regrets putting his entire life on hold to spend as much time with his dad as possible in those final months. While the younger rocker had put his debut album on hold, it’s finally been released.
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) June 14, 2021
This past weekend he shared an old photo as a tribute to the famous rockstar on the first Father’s Day he spent without his dad. Wolf played with Van Halen before his frontman father was forced to stop performing, and now he’s striking out on his own, continuing his dad’s legacy in the music world.
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) June 20, 2021
“I’m an extension of him and I’m just happy to be here to spread the good word of who he was and how he should be remembered,” he said. “I think he is like a Mozart of our generation. I think as far removed as we are from Mozart, and we still talk about him and know who he is, that’s what he’s going to be.”