It looks as though the issues that have long plagued the Van Halen camp are still the reason why an official Eddie Van Halen tribute show hasn’t come to pass two-and-a-half years after his death.
Blabbermouth transcribed some of Wolfgang Van Halen‘s chat with Linea Rock, where Wolfgang explained the ease in which the Foo Fighters were able to salute late-drummer Taylor Hawkins don’t apply to Van Halen, saying, “No, no, no. I think with the Foo Fighters, they have a lot less drama involved in their camp. And unfortunately, with Van Halen there’s many pieces that don’t operate as they should, unfortunately. But that’s neither here nor there; it’s just how reality is, unfortunately, sometimes.”
Back in October, Wolfgang told Classic Rock: “When it comes to Van Halen and entities surrounding the band it’s unfortunate, certainly compared to Foo Fighters who have their s*** together with inter-personal relationships. I don’t know what it is with some bands but certain personalities just can’t get over themselves to work collectively for one purpose — that’s been the curse of Van Halen for its entire career.”
He went on to say, “My playing at the Taylor shows delivered that catharsis without the stresses of dealing with the Van Halen camp, and the players involved. Their camp is very dysfunctional — everyone! Hell, it was difficult to make plans even when the band was active.”
Mammoth Van Halen will open for Metallica on May 26th at Hamburg, Germany’s Volksparkstadion.