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    I was reading some comments in another thread, and I really thought this was worthy of its own thread.

    I love Mike. So, please don't read into this. I'm merely talking about Wolf.

    Wolfgang Van Halen really has a bright future. By all accounts, he's a young adult with his head on straight and a hefty amount of talent. Here's what we know:

    1. He can play any instrument. Apparently he's a good drummer, but has damn near mastered the bass. I'm not a musician, but things I read said he's a good bass player. I know he sounded really good the last tour and on ADKOT. How's his guitar playing? One can only assume and hope that he has learned from the best and has his blood running through his body. Tremonti said that Wolf learned the songs he needed to play the next day in one night!

    2. He works at it. I remember hearing that he was taking singing lessons. That shows me that he is working at it hard. I thought he sounded really good last tour and again on ADKOT.

    3. He's humble. In most interviews I see, he's quiet and humble. He carries himself with a sort of quiet confidence.

    4. He's a family man. He inspired Ed to keep going (and probably to get clean). He seems like an all around good, devoted son.

    5. He wasn't afraid to branch out. Playing with Tremonti wasn't some high-exposure move, but it was just enough, in my opinion to show that he doesn't have to ride Daddy's coattails forever. The move gave him some "cred".

    6. He's clean. I mean nobody can say for sure, but he appears to have learned from the mistakes of his dad and uncle. He doesn't appear to abuse drugs or alcohol. I mean I understand that us old-timers like are rockers hammered, but with what we know in today's day and age, I think I'd rather my rockers be somewhat clear headed, so they put on a better show, or just play better in general.

    7. He's working on his stage presence. He seems to be trying to connect with fans. He seems to like what old school fans like...thus breaking out songs like Women in Love, and Girl Gone Bad on the last tour.

    Good for Wolf. We don't say enough good things about this kid. Some day the Van Halen light will go out...time passes...it happens. But then there's Wolf...and, who knows what the future holds? Maybe Wolf as a member of Van Halen some day will release everything that all of us want to see?
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    Great post.


    I have a ton of respect for him. Have since '07 when he showed a ton of balls for a kid his age and lack of experience to get up on stage with a band of this magnitude. That took some serious stones. Then in 2012 his stage presence was light years ahead of 2007 and I thought he fit in perfectly with the band. Plus I think we owe it to him that we got ADKOT and Ed back on track. No question Wolf has earned his place in this band. On top of all that I do believe he's genuinely a great kid. Really can't say enough good things about him.
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    Nice read. Wolfgang seems like a great young man. There is no doubt that he is one of the chief catalysts for saving his dad's life and his band. His maturity and talent have been on display for us to see and appreciate. I believe he will have a long and distinguished career in the industry. He isn't worried in the least about comparisons to his dad because he is his own man. I tip my hat to Wolfgang.

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    Great post. Agreed on all counts. Not only did he save Van Halen, I really do think he saved Ed's life too. Those are quite the accomplishments, killer bass playing aside.

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    Great post. Wolf seems like a good guy.
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    Agree, seems like a cool guy...

    only thing is, if rock'n'roll is an integral part of rebelling against your parents, what happens when your parents are rock'n'roll...does that make him a square for choosing that life? Maybe the badass-est thing he could've done would be train as a librarian or something. (j/k)

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    Like I said in the other thread, he is a great example of a famous persons child that didn't go off the rails when he had every excuse to do so. Plus he brought us our favorite band back from the dead. No Wolf = No Van Halen
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    Most people we all meet are nice people, right? It's not often that you meet someone and then think to yourself, "That guys a jerk."

    But every once in a long while I meet someone and am a bit blown away by them. It only happens once a year or two. I'll tell my wife, "Wow, that guy is REALLY a great guy." You just know it from a short meeting. There's just something about some people that is unusually WARM and genuine. Not most people—just some.

    In my opinion, Wolf is one of those people. I happened to meet him twice, and both times I felt that way. There really is something special about that guy. I don't think I'm saying this just because I'm a huge VH fan, because I've met and interviewed all the guys, and I know what that is like. Wolf is different.

    And I can confirm one thing about him. About a year ago or so I had a decent length talk with him after a Tremonti show here in Phoenix. One thing he did say that he is VERY much against alcohol. He never drinks or uses drugs whatsoever, and I don't think that will change because he's so against the idea, even after being in two rock bands and going on three tours. I think that people who grow up with an alcoholic parent can go either way, and it's good to see him so grounded. Great guy.

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    I'm glad to hear that last part Jeff, he seems to have his head on straight. More kids need young people like him to look up to to keep them off that crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Hausman View Post
    Most people we all meet are nice people, right? It's not often that you meet someone and then think to yourself, "That guys a jerk."

    But every once in a long while I meet someone and am a bit blown away by them. It only happens once a year or two. I'll tell my wife, "Wow, that guy is REALLY a great guy." You just know it from a short meeting. There's just something about some people that is unusually WARM and genuine. Not most people—just some.

    In my opinion, Wolf is one of those people. I happened to meet him twice, and both times I felt that way. There really is something special about that guy. I don't think I'm saying this just because I'm a huge VH fan, because I've met and interviewed all the guys, and I know what that is like. Wolf is different.

    And I can confirm one thing about him. About a year ago or so I had a decent length talk with him after a Tremonti show here in Phoenix. One thing he did say that he is VERY much against alcohol. He never drinks or uses drugs whatsoever, and I don't think that will change because he's so against the idea, even after being in two rock bands and going on three tours. I think that people who grow up with an alcoholic parent can go either way, and it's good to see him so grounded. Great guy.
    Jeff, not to blow sunshine up you know where, but it is so awesome that you post here and your work at VHND is fantastic! You obviously have more access to the band than most of us (nearly all, I'd say), and what is so cool about your post is that it really solidifies mine. My post was based on my observations and what I've read. Yours is based on actually meeting the guy, and how cool is fucking that?

    Glad to hear that what I thought was true. Pretty awesome!
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    Can you imagine being 16 years old, with the last name of two living legends at their instruments, playing an instrument--live--that you learned 2 years prior, filling a spot on one of the most anticipated tours in rock history, and playing every other night in front of 14,000 people--only two of which want you there (Ed and Al)?

    How that kid didn't shit his pants in Charlotte in 2007 I will never know.

    He gets a ton of respect from me, and I don't think I was ever ready to give it to him. He earned it by being a great musician and a great person. We only know the tip of the iceberg as far as what Wolf has been through; can you even imagine what it was like from 2001 to 2007?

    It really is unbelievable what he has turned into being, when he had every excuse not to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Hausman View Post
    One thing he did say that he is VERY much against alcohol. He never drinks or uses drugs whatsoever, and I don't think that will change because he's so against the idea, even after being in two rock bands and going on three tours. I think that people who grow up with an alcoholic parent can go either way, and it's good to see him so grounded. Great guy.
    You're right Jeff. My father passed away 30 yrs ago from drinking and I've been the same way in regards to alcohol. I won't say I never drink but it's very rare of me to do so, if I do it's only a beer or two and that's it. I have 2 older brothers and 1 of the 2 is just like me, only on rare occasions, my other brother...not so much. I just think that my brother & I saw what it did to the old man and we just stayed away from it, just not worth the trouble.....but you're right, you can go either way with it. Sounds like Wolf is making the right decisions and good for him. Why take the chance and end up hurting yourself when you've seen what the damage can be.

    As for Wolf in VH. I've always been ok with him in the band especially if he's the one that lit that fire in Ed's ass again. I miss Mike and I wish he was still in the band but at least they're active again, unlike 2000-2006.
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    His stance against alcohol is what puts it over the top for me. Not to knock her, but has anyone noticed that Valerie tweets actually quite a bit about drinking? It kind of bugs me. You don't have to go far into her tweets to find something like that. It seems disrespectful to tweet it -- I don't care if she's not an alcoholic and can handle alcohol, but her own son is massively genetically predisposed to alcoholism -- grandfather (and possibly beyond), father, and uncle. It just strikes me that maybe she doesn't absolutely have to tweet about alcohol.

    A lot of you know me pretty good by now and know that I took alcohol as far you can take it without a fatal incident -- and believe me, that fatal incident was going to happen within a year or so before I stopped and got real medical help. I haven't drank for 5 1/2 years, but I'm not perfect at all. I still have lots of flaws, I just can't imagine the human being I'd be or where I'd be if I hadn't stopped drinking.

    Because of that, I'm trying to raise my son to just stay away from it. He's almost 12... I've told him it's going to come up, but just to tell his friends his dad's an alcoholic so he doesn't want to risk it. I hope that works, but in the end, it's up to him, not me. Just like with Wolf -- he made that decision himself.

    Also, one thing that was completely left out of the list of excellent things that Wolfgang Van Halen has brought is YOUTH! My son LOVES Wolf as much as Dave and Ed (sorry, he's just not into Alex -- sorry, Alex). My son saw Wolf's new Fender ad and freaked out. It's an awesome thing. The younger brigade -- notably our kids and nieces and nephews -- they all gravitate toward Wolf.

    One more thing -- I have seen some video, not very much, of Wolf playing guitar. He's as good as his dad. He's been playing guitar for almost 10 years now -- in the shadow of the King. He has not presented the world with his guitar abilities just yet, well, ummm, because his dad is Edward Van Halen. Bide your time -- you'll hear him some day.

    Did anyone see that Tremonti video where Wolf has the bass on his lap sitting behind the drums playing "Runnin' with the Devil" on bass and drums AT THE SAME TIME! AND DOING IT WELL!!!!

    The kid is crazy sick, and it's great to hear from Jeff that he's a genuine human being. Oh and one more thing -- I think if anyone in the VH camp has Dave's back -- it's Wolf.

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