Van Halen has finally found its new bassist -- and it looks like the rock gods are keeping the band a family affair. Van Halen has hired 15-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen -- the son of guitarist Eddie Van Halen and estranged wife Valerie Bertinelli, and nephew of drummer Alex Van Halen -- as the new bassist for the band. Wolfgang replaces longtime bassist Michael Anthony, who left the band earlier this year. Eddie Van Halen's spokesperson says that Wolfgang, known as "Wolfie," has already joined his dad and uncle for rehearsals in the studio for a 2007 summer tour. Wolfie played dates with his father during the band's 2004 tour, and the song "316" on 1991's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge," was named for Wolfie's birth date that same year. The band is still without a lead singer, despite rumors that David Lee Roth might rejoin.
I saw "Wolfie" on stage with Van Halen a couple years ago at a show in Kansas City. He could play, but I was a fan of Michael Anthony. I had him on the air with me at KKRD and met him 3 times. He was the nicest of the band. Him and Sammy Haggar were very nice. Alex and Eddie were nice, too, but Michael and Sammy were more genuine. Should be interesting to see!