Wolfgang Van Halen Says Axl Rose Told Him The Biggest Compliment He Could Have Heard

Eddie Van Halen‘s talented son Wolfgang Van Halen has talked about his opening for Guns N’ Roses, his relationship with the band’s members and said that Axl Rose told him the biggest compliment he ever heard.

Wolfgang Van Halen‘s band Mammoth WVH and Guns N’ Roses have announced in the past that they tour together. For now, they are at the beginning of their ongoing tour, which will conclude on October 3rd.

Recently, Wolfgang has made a conversation on Ultimate Classic Rock to reveal his experience for opening Guns N’ Roses and to talk about his first-ever meeting with Axl Rose. According to him, Axl told him the biggest compliment he ever heard.

(image: Jeffrey A. Camarati)

“He [Axl] told me that he really liked ‘Don’t Back Down,’ and that he really liked the video,” Wolfgang revealed. “He gave me a hug. I couldn’t believe it. He was a really sweet guy.

“The other day, Duff [McKagan, bass] came to our dressing room and he’s a sweetheart as well.

“He was telling us how Axl said that ‘Don’t Back Down’ is just straight fuckin’ rock ‘n’ roll and I thought that was the biggest compliment I could have heard. It still feels like a dream.

Wolfgang Says Guns N’ Roses Is Amazing On Stage

Van Halen continued his words by touching on Guns N’ Roses and their live performance. He mentioned flashy about them and said they are amazing on stage.

“It was amazing to see their whole show with the video and the lights,” he said.

“It’s been so long, I haven’t seen a live show in forever. There’s nothing like it.”

He Comments on Backing Vocals

Elsewhere in the interview, Wolfgang has shared his honest opinion on backing vocals.

“I think it’s a copout to use tracks, unless it’s like, for a keyboard part that you can’t necessarily get,” he said.

“But when I hear about certain bands these days, where it’s like – you have lead vocals and lead guitars pumping through the tracks. I think that’s lame as hell.

“I think you should just stay home and listen to shit on Spotify if they’re going to play to tracks like that.”

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  1. U R. AWESOME!!! DON’T BACK DOWN is my favorite song off toue album. I LOVE the the video, Sounds our old school 80’S style music. It fucken. Rocks! I like the distance too. I will tell you this story…Your dad came from Holland. My momma was from Holland too at the same time your dad came to the USA my mother only spoke Dutch she had a picture of my aunt so coming off the plane she used the picture too find my aunt. We went to San Fernando valley. I lost mother 13 years ago to cancer she died in my arms. Your pop is so VERY PROUD of u! U got that strong Dutch work authentic in you. I myself is same way.

  2. I gotta be honest Wolfe when I 1st heard your father bragging about how great your music was I thought yea yea sure sure it’s what a father has to say but I have to brother you are the real deal your dad was not bullshiting us about your talent to me your bringing back what rock has been missing for long long time and the fact that you can do it all so well I must say I was broken about y I your pops of course he was not my father I lost father back years ago so I do know that pain but your much closer to your father then I was anyway just wanted to tell you keep rocking your making your dad proud and your keeping me from moping around knowing that now I can still hear your great music way to carry on your great namsake….

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