Wolfgang Van Halen, guitar wiz Eddie’s son and Van Halen’s driving bass player, has been talking about his role in the band. Classic Rock magazine reports on Wolfgang’s recent chat with Esquire magazine, where he explains that it’s he who designs the set lists for Van Halen, among other duties.
“I kind of come up with the set lists. When we’ve got a song that we haven’t done, it’s like, we should probably run through this before the show and figure out the count of it. Because Dad, for some reason, counts in odds. He’ll land on three instead of four. I have to look at him sometimes.”
Wolfgang also reveals that his father can be forgetful. He says: “He still, to this day, does not know the lyrics to ‘Beautiful Girls’ – he has it written down on his pedal board. On the last tour I used to have to mouth lyrics.”
As for the future, Wolfgang feels another album could be coming soon. “We have a lot of ideas that we wrote that never made it. And there’s so much material Dad wrote a long time ago that has never seen the light of day.”