Wolfgang Van Halen says working on his new album gave him the strength to carry on after his father’s death.
Guitar god Eddie Van Halen sadly passed away in October 2020 at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer, and his son admitted that making music kept him going.
Wolfgang, 31, told Guitar World magazine: “There are times when I don’t have the energy to do anything, and more often than not it feels like that.
“But you have to find the things that give you life.
“For me, it’s about music and being able to wake up every day and think about how we’re going to make this second album.”
He added: “It’s stressful, but also very exciting, and all my thoughts are drawn to it.”
His debut album Mammoth, released earlier this year under the WVH label, was met with critical acclaim and Wolfgang’s first Grammy nomination for best rock song for his latest pop track, Distance.
The award went to the Foo Fighters and their song ‘Waiting on a War’, but Wolfgang was happy to get a nod alongside his favorite artists.
In a message on Twitter, the rocker said: “We came, we saw, but we didn’t win, that’s okay!
I had an amazing evening with two of the most important women in the world.
“It’s such an honor to be nominated for my first song in a lifetime artist collaboration category. I don’t know if it’ll ever come true. (sic) “
Wolfgang noted that his father also did not win when he first ran for office in 1985.
He continued: “Pop didn’t win his first run, so I feel like I’m following in his footsteps pretty well.”
Wolfgang concluded: “Who knows what the future holds. All I know is that I’m very grateful. What a wild experience it’s been.
“Thank you @recordingacademy for your appreciation and thank YOU for your support. You all mean the world to me.”