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Eddie Van Halen impersonator blasted by son Wolfgang

By Gary Graff
November 21, 2017

Wolfgang Van Halen is coming to the rescue of his father, Eddie Van Halen, against an impersonator on Instagram.

He has posted a message notifying fans that someone has set up an account as @_eddievanhalen, while his father’s real account is @eddievanhalen, without the underscore. Wolfgang, who’s been playing bass for Van Halen since 2007, writes that: “if you’re following @_eddievanhalen (with an underscore) you’re following the wrong account. Notice how it doesn’t have a verification check? Go report this account, everyone!”

In a subsequent message, Wolfgang blasts the imposter, writing: “Stop messaging people pretending to be someone you’re not. You’ve been reported and your account has been shut down.”

He surmises the imposter is “a woman from Boston named Vanessa trying to steal $40,000,” though adds that “I’m still not 100 percent sure.”

Wolfgang is reportedly working on his first solo album, while Van Halen, the band, has been dormant since 2013.