While most artists hope for an overwhelmingly positive reaction when they release a solo project, Wolfgang Van Halen is bracing himself for the exact opposite.
The son of rock legend Eddie Van Halen says he fully expects to face a "wave of hate" when his debut solo album drops. The 29-year-old bassist says he's preparing for inevitable comparisons to his famous father, saying being a Van Halen is "really equally both" a gift and a curse. "Being who I am, I think people at the least will be interested in what my work will sound like, which is very nice," he says. "But on the other hand, if it's not exactly what they want to hear or if I don't try to sound 'Van Halen-y' enough for them, they'll hate me and won't give me the time of day. I'm fully prepared for a wave of hate."
Although the Van Halen prodigy hasn't disclosed much about the project, Eddie Van Halen recently told Guitar World his son's music sounds like "AC/DC meets Van Halen meets aggressive pop." A release date for the as-yet-untitled effort has not been set.