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Wolfgang Van Halen calls Van Halen camp 'dysfunctional,' says tribute shows are unlikely

The singer and guitarist also reports he got closure at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts, 'because my part of the show was a tribute to my father'

Sammy Hagar recently shared some thoughts on a proposed Van Halen tour or performance to celebrate the life of Eddie Van Halen. And while he said he would “love to play music with Alex [Van Halen] and Mike [Anthony] again, another major player in the Van Halen universe, Wolfgang Van Halen, says not so fast.

In a new interview with Classic Rock magazine, Wolfgang told writer Dave Ling he “doesn’t see it happening.”

Furthermore, even if it did, he doesn’t have much interest in taking part. "I think I already did it with the Taylor Hawkins tributes [where he played "On Fire," "Hot for Teacher" and "Panama"]," Wolfgang said. "I feel a lot of closure because my part of the show was a tribute to my father."

Wolfgang went on to characterize the Van Halen camp as dysfunctional, particularly in comparison to the Foo Fighters, who quickly put together massive tribute shows in L.A. and London to celebrate the life of their late drummer, Taylor Hawkins. "When it comes to Van Halen and entities surrounding the band it’s unfortunate,” Wolfgang said, “certainly compared to Foo Fighters who have their shit together with inter-personal relationships."

He continued, "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. So 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."

As for Hagar’s recent comment that he would “love” to play Van Halen songs with the members again, Wolfgang responded, "He said that, but he also said he wouldn’t. Sammy said two different things. No… I feel that I’ve said my piece, and if the Taylor concerts are all that happens then I’m happy with that."