Wolfgang Van Halen SHREDS at Taylor Hawkins Memorial Concert!

Wolfgang Van Halen SHREDS at Taylor Hawkins Memorial Concert!

A viewer wrote me to ask if I thought Wolfgang Van Halen was playing to a backing track of his dad on Hot For Teacher at the Taylor Hawkins Memorial Concert. Here’s my answer.

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  1. Chaz Romano on September 7, 2022 at 12:00 am

    He would be a nobody if it weren’t for his dad…. NOBODY

  2. CARL iCON on September 7, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Van Hawkin!

  3. Darrin Gaul on September 7, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Great video… your feelings on these guys is right on..

  4. Ken Shepherd on September 7, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Eddie won piano championships right? And couldn’t read music at the time?

  5. Jason Tormund on September 7, 2022 at 12:04 am

    He killed it and made it look fun and effortless the whole time.

  6. Rush x1 on September 7, 2022 at 12:08 am

    What did it for me was seeing Dirk and Lerxst up on stage again was just emotional for me. I had a tear in the eye and a smile on my face. Seeing Dave with those guys was amusing. Not sure if it was picked up by those who watched that segment but, it would appear that Ged and Alex were partially amused by the time keeping of both drummers. Taylor’s Son just absolutely destroyed…kid was freakin great. Couldn’t help but think with all the percussionist that played that this was (on top of the benefit) a audition

  7. blacknotestudios on September 7, 2022 at 12:08 am

    I tip my hat to you sir, well done. The only thing I keep saying to myself is that I wish it didn’t take the passing of one of the greats to bring together so many amazing musicians. This needs to happen on the regular. All day concerts celebrating great musicians, great songs, and great bands.

  8. ernest connell on September 7, 2022 at 12:08 am

    I saw Wolfgang live. He’s the real deal.

  9. Cory Britton on September 7, 2022 at 12:10 am

    Ya great talent, however wasted on yet another crappy teenie bopper van halen song!!! Their music esp. With Roth never evolved in the least, for that matter neither did Eddie’s solo’s. He made a career out of fret tapping, something other great guitarist’s did once or twice then moved on. See DLR’s comment about Eddie’s solo for Michael Jackson

  10. Joe Leone on September 7, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Wolfie KILLED his performance. Really looking forward to seeing what he does in the future.

  11. deadlyoneable on September 7, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Yeah but he needs to lay off the cheeseburgers. Be a musician, not an offensive lineman my guy.

  12. CJ Live on September 7, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Was WG playing on of Eddie’s guitars?

  13. Browns Fan on September 7, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Wolfgang is the real deal!!! I’m sure Ed was smiling from ear to ear watching his boy!!

  14. Saul Goode Guitars on September 7, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Wolf is a beast, I love the mammoth wvh album

    Also mentioning time and feel, Shane Hawkins had time an emotionally stunted guy in tears

    Everything he did you could tell he got from his father

    For him to play in front of that many people in the stadium and over the internet was nuts. He kept it composed and he played in time

    I watched the start of the show while it was live(started at 1.30am for me) I did skip some things to begin with, but by the time they played my hero I was spent

    Couldn’t talk to anyone for a couple hours after it

    And the fact that both Wolf and Shane lost their dads and it was Father’s Day in Australia, yeah I was a mess

    It was an awesome show to pay tribute to an awesome musician/father/person

    Anyone who hasn’t checked out Taylor’s solo stuff and NHC needs to do it

  15. CARL iCON on September 7, 2022 at 12:14 am

    I really don’t think it was..but all I can say is if it was a backing track, it was definitely not from the studio version of HFT

  16. R Johnson on September 7, 2022 at 12:15 am

    The Van Halens all have sickening time.

  17. David Carlin on September 7, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Rick could you please do a show just on Lyle Mays? Perhaps interview Steve Rodby, the bassist for the Pat Metheny group? He was his closest friend

  18. Ev. H. on September 7, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Or mebbe that dork’s PC has Wal- Mart caliber lag.

  19. Simon Rourke on September 7, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Wolfgang is crazy talented, his new record is an incredible hard rock album. So many great tunes, strong melody and the guy can sing!

  20. Lars Ickenroth on September 7, 2022 at 12:20 am

    That brief moment, where Dave’s visibly smiling and taking it all in … that’s it.

  21. The Reverend on September 7, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Wolfgang Van Halen is killer. Love the MammothWVH album. It is not Van Halen, but there is only 2 songs I disliked on it. One was the first single, which won a Grammy!

  22. Seba on September 7, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Wolfie is awesome🤘❤️

  23. Jjames Anderson on September 7, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Dead on man , you got it right.

  24. shemleg on September 7, 2022 at 12:27 am

    The spirit of Eddie lives in him.

  25. Shane Wilson on September 7, 2022 at 12:30 am

    I got his album when it came out and really dug it. He did everything on it… I really liked his drumming and bass playing, and his guitar playing was really good… but this performance was great. I love On Fire, and love the frenetic guitar playing… and WVH ripped it up. Hot for teacher isn’t my fav VH song, but he killed that too.

  26. willjam465 on September 7, 2022 at 12:30 am

    I knew Wolfgang was super talented, but still…blew me away last weekend. Outstanding performance!

  27. Josh Perry on September 7, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Backing track? People never cease to amaze me. Just watch the video.

  28. Stuart Leckie on September 7, 2022 at 12:31 am

    As much as anything, this reminds me that we haven’t yet got a tribute concert for Eddie Van Halen.
    What’s up with that?

  29. Bertallica on September 7, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Lmao dat singer holding the mic up to an electric guitar

  30. Erik Jansen on September 7, 2022 at 12:33 am

    1st. Wolfgang wouldn’t fake it. He would probably have stayed on the bass if he couldn’t play it. He just seems too honest. 2nd. He has a musical lineage. His Grandfather was no slouch, and of course, his father and uncle were obviously gifted. It’s in his genes.

  31. Emmanuel Gutierrez on September 7, 2022 at 12:36 am

    It’s like Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, it’s hard to have famous parents

  32. PickettMusic on September 7, 2022 at 12:37 am

    It honestly sounded so close to the album(s)…amazing! He’s definitely a Van Halen.

  33. RNA MUSIC on September 7, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Somebody thought that was actually a backing track????? wow.

  34. MusicalADD: The Band on September 7, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Talk about leaving a legacy

  35. Jaydogg on September 7, 2022 at 12:40 am

    He did more than just mimic the playing, he did it with little effort, and he had the same spark in his eyes that dad used to have, a long time ago. It was a great moment, and I hope he plans to bring it more often, it was a pleasure to see..!!

  36. tintoweno on September 7, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Rick, you should interview Wolf, that would be a pretty interesting thing to watch.

  37. Patrick Neville on September 7, 2022 at 12:41 am

    I want to talk to some of this, because what Rick is talking about – is commonly used in baseball to refer to the intangibles.

    And the kid has em. He just has em. It could be genetics – it could be upbringing, it could be a LOT of things. But whatever he has, it’s good, and he sounds *just* like his dad, who – by the by, might have been possibly the greatest guitar player to ever live.

    As a fellow (bad) guitar player, I could immediately tell that it wasn’t tracked. It has a whole different "swing" from the album that’s entirely on par with Van Halen from the early 80’s days. The kid is just that good.

  38. Chris Ruef on September 7, 2022 at 12:42 am


  39. lastdaysguitar on September 7, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Good to see Wolfgang has joined the Jason Bonham "I am the best in the style of my dad" club!

  40. Jim Reuterskiold on September 7, 2022 at 12:43 am

    "Justin Hawkins Rides Again" is a fantastic YouTube channel. He’s smart, funny, and an excellent musician.

  41. XFLexiconMatt on September 7, 2022 at 12:44 am

    My respect for Wolfgang over the last three years has really grown, he could have easily just put out Van Halen 2.0, but he willfully developed his own original sound and songwriting style with Mammoth WVH, it’s no wonder his dad was so proud of him. Edward’s message was find your own original voice and song writing style. Don’t just mimic others.

  42. Mega Douche on September 7, 2022 at 12:46 am

    I love YOU rick. even tho you did that one thing.

  43. Michael Birnholz on September 7, 2022 at 12:48 am

    From my point of view, the most impressive part of the solo timing-wise is at 7:17 – it’s SPOT ON. Rick’s face seems to concur 🙂 . You can know the notes, you can come close to the tone, but getting that feel just right, is INCREDIBLE. Wolfie, your Dad is smiling with that huge smile from the great beyond and has never been so proud. Bravo !

  44. I am the M.A.N. (Middle Aged Nerd) on September 7, 2022 at 12:48 am

    I played blues/rock piano, drums, and saxophone semi-professionally for many years. I started on piano at 6, saxophone at 9, and drums at 11. My grandfather who got me started in music and all of my band teachers in school throughout used to say that I had perfect rhythm, which apparently is something that can’t be taught. Keeping Tempo with the music was something that apparently just came naturally to me. I didn’t realize what a blessing that was until I got into my high school bands where the music got much more challenging and complicated.

  45. E James on September 7, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Just Awesome Stuff!

  46. Teutone on September 7, 2022 at 12:50 am

    I was really impressed with him on that performance. He has his dad’s touch. Hot For Teacher sounded like Eddie himself played it.

  47. Wes_hopwizard on September 7, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Well, for one thing, other guitar players didn’t grow up with Eddie Van Halen in the house.

  48. R C on September 7, 2022 at 12:51 am

    How can people doubt the SON OF THE MASTER

  49. Trikisixx on September 7, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Wolf has that swing like his Pops. Remember: lots of people can play Eddie’s stuff but rarley can someone play with that swing. I dare say A swing that is its own pocket.

  50. Nick Perkins on September 7, 2022 at 12:56 am

    My Dad knows a friend of a friend of someone in wolfies band. Had the pleasure of seeing them live at the HoB last year in the upper vip area looking down on the stage. They are a phenomenal live band and was impressed with their songs live compared to the album they released. Wolf is a great musician and hes just starting his own thing. Props to wolf.