Speaking about his father’s love and respect for AC/DC, Wolfgang stated that ‘Down Payment Blues’ was his father Eddie Van Halen’s favorite song. He also said that AC/DC’s Powerage album was a big bond for them.
Asked about the issue, Wolfgang said:
“When I was 12 and graduating sixth grade, I wanted to perform ‘316’ the song my dad wrote for me, at my graduation.
“So, I just learned that song, and from there I took a shine to guitar and tried to learn everything I could.
“He never really tried to push me into any direction. I think the only thing he really introduced to me was AC/DC, the album ‘Powerage’ was a big bond for us.
“‘Down Payment Blues,’ that was my dad’s and my favorite song. But from there I kind of developed my own taste.
“I was really into Blink-182. I played ‘Enema of the State’ nonstop – that’s how I learned the drums.
“It wasn’t until maybe I discovered Tool that I started to see an improvement in my skills by trying to play like Danny Carey.”