Happy Birthday, “Eruption”

Wolfgang Van Halen plays his father’s shining moment in new tweet

By Gary Graff
September 11, 2017

Van Halen’s classic instrumental track “Eruption” turned 40 over the weekend, and Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang — who currently plays bass in the band — made sure the anniversary was commemorated.

The brief track was recorded on September 8, 1977 and released four months later on Van Halen’s self-titled debut album. So on Friday, Wolfgang tweeted (@WolfVanHalen) a 53-second video of him playing the song using his father’s original Frankenstein guitar, which was used to record the original version of the song and was also featured on the cover of the Van Halen album.

Wolfgang, now 26, has been with Van Halen since 2006 and played on the albums A Different Kind Of Truth and Tokyo Dome Live In Concert. He was also part of Creed/Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti’s band Tremonti and will be releasing a solo album soon.