With the lively, respectful performance, Wolfgang, the 31-year-old son of the late Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halenactually also paid tribute to his father.
After earlier said he would never play the songWolf was joined on stage at the Kia Forum on Tuesday (September 27) by the Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, The darkness singer Justin Hawkins (no relation to Taylor) and drummer Josh Freese to carry out 1984 here.
See the footage at the bottom of this post.
The Los Angeles tribute show was the second official concert honoring Taylor, the late Foo Fighters drummer who died aged 50 in March. A Van Halen song was also performed at the London tribute to Taylor earlier this month.
Last year, Wolf pushed back at social media commentators who suggested he perform “Panama” with his own band, Mammoth WVH. “I honor my father by existing and doing what I do every day,” he answered. “I’m not fucking playing Panama for you guys.”
But the second tribute to Taylor apparently helped Wolf change his mind. The exact cause of Taylor’s death is still unknown after he died in Bogota, Colombia on March 25 before the Foos were due to play Festival Stereo Picnic. ONE preliminary toxicology report showed up a day later. Eddie Van Halen died in 2020 after a battle with cancer.
The planning of a similar official Eddie Van Halen tribute show was mentioned by ex Metallica bassist Jason Newsted in an interview earlier this year. Newsted suggested it was to show him and the guitarist Joe Satriani together with Alex Van HalenVan Halen’s surviving drummer and Eddie’s brother.