Wolfgang Van Halen Reacts To Grammy Tribute To Late Father

Wolfgang Van Halen issued a statement revealing the reason why he declined an offer to play “Eruption” as a tribute to his late father Eddie Van Halen during this year’s Grammy Awards show.

Wolfgang said on Twitter that the Recording Academy had asked him to play his father’s famed guitar solo in the “In Memoriam” segment Sunday night. “I don’t think anyone could have lived up to what my father did for music but himself,” he tweeted.

“It was my understanding that there would be an In Memoriam section where bits of songs were performed for legendary artists that had passed. I didn’t realize that they would only show Pop for 15 seconds in the middle of 4 full performances for others we had lost,” the former Van Halen bassist added.

Wolfgang said what hurt him the most was that Eddie was not even mentioned when tributes were extended to late rock artists Little Richard, Kenny Rogers, John Prine and Gerry Marsden in the opening monologue.

“I know rock isn’t the most popular genre right now, (and the academy does seem a bit out of touch) but I think it’s impossible to ignore the legacy my father left on the instrument, the world of rock, and music in general. There will never be another innovator like him,” Wolfgang said.

He said he is waiting to get the opportunity to speak with the Recording Academy not only about the legacy of his father but the legacy of the rock genre moving forward.

(Photo: Travis Shin)

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