Wolfgang Van Halen Shares Story Of Prank He Pulled On David Lee Roth Amid Retirement News

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Former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth recently announced his retirement from music. His former bandmate, the late Eddie Van Halen‘s son, Wolfgang, opened up about his feelings on David’s retirement. While they played together when Wolfgang became a bassist for the band, Wolfgang said their relationship was always very “business-related.”

Wolfgang said, “Dave is a… he’s very much a one-of-a-kind [chuckles] sort of guy. We don’t really talk, if ever. We were always cordial on tour together, but it’s not like I’ve spoken to him at all in the last six years. But, I mean, he’s f—— David Lee Roth. I’m so happy for him and for everything that he’s accomplished. And he’s just phenomenal… He’ll always be one of the best.”

Wolfgang Van Halen shares a story about pranking David Lee Roth on stage

Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth with Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen
Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth with Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen at the Van Halen Reunion Tour Press Conference. Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. 08-13-07 / s_bukley/Image Collect

While they aren’t really friends, they did have some fun times together. Wolfgang opened up about a prank he once pulled on David! It happened back in 2015. Wolfgang admitted that David would get really mad when fans brought beach balls to their shows. He would make the fans throw it on stage and he would stomp it out! For their last show, the tour manager helped Eddie and Wolfgang pull a prank on David by releasing 50 beach balls into the audience.

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DAVID LEE ROTH, circa 1980s
DAVID LEE ROTH, circa 1980s / Everett Collection

Wolfgang revealed, “And sure enough, we get to ‘Jump,’ and there was just a cavalcade, an avalanche of beach balls, and Dave was just, like, short-circuiting. He didn’t understand how to handle it. But we all laughed it off. And it was just really fun, almost like a fun practical joke. And yeah, that was a really fun memory of that show. As time went further and further by, the more I thought about it, like, ‘Wow, if that is the last show, what an amazing way to cap it off.’”

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06 October 2020 – Eddie Van Halen, legendary Hall of Fame Guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen — has died after a long battle with throat cancer at the age of 65. File Photo: 30 March 2012 – Pittsburgh, PA – Singer DAVID LEE ROTH, guitarist EDDIE VAN HALEN, bassist WOLFGANG VAN HALEN, and drummer ALEX VAN HALEN of the legendary rock group VAN HALEN perform on a stop of their US Tour held at the CONSOL Energy Center. Photo Credit: Devin Simmons/AdMedia/Image Collect

Sadly, Wolfgang lost his father and bandmate Eddie Van Halen last year to throat cancer. He routinely opens up about what a great father he was and the good times they shared, including this prank.

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