Enlarge Van Halen at Madison Square Garden, 2012. Photo credit: Jacqueline Cheng for MetalSucks.

Wolfgang Van Halen Commemorates Sixth Anniversary of Final Van Halen Show


On October 5, 2015, the legendary Van Halen played their last-ever show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

To commemorate the occasion, Wolfgang Van Halen — son of Eddie Van Halen, nephew of Alex Van Halen, and the band’s one-time bassist — has shared the following message on Twitter, along with photos from that evening’s curtain call:

“6 years ago tonight, Van Halen played the Hollywood Bowl. It was the last show we ever did, and it was the last show I ever played with my Dad. I’ll never forget it.”

You can view the tweet below.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 6, marks the one year anniversary of Eddie Van Halen’s death at the age of 65 from causes related to cancer. The guitarist’s body was cremated 22 days after he died, and the ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Malibu, in accordance with his wishes.

Van Halen’s final album (and only record to feature Wolfgang instead of original bassist Michael Anthony), was released on February 7, 2012. It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than 400,000 copies in the U.S. in its first year of release.

Alex Van Halen was recently spotted in public for the first time since his brother’s passing.

As for the band’s singer, David Lee Roth, he has announced his impending retirement following an upcoming five-show residency in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wolfgang, meanwhile, launched a new project, Mammoth WVH, earlier this year. The band recently completed a tour opening for Guns N’ Roses. You can watch Wolfgang perform “Paradise City” with GN’R here.

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