Wolfgang Van Halen Explains His Father’s Famous Tool Show Photo

Wolfgang Van Halen has given us more details about one of our favorite stories from last year: When someone asked his father Eddie to take his picture at a Tool concert, without recognizing the guitar hero.

As Wolfgang said on Eddie Trunk’s radio show, he and Eddie were waiting to go backstage after the show when the man approached the Van Halen guitarist. “He handed him his phone and was like, ‘Here, I’m gonna go over here, and can you get the picture with the stage?'”Wolfgang began.

The bassist immediately leapt into action and took his own photo of the scene unfolding in front of him. He posted the photo to Twitter where it quickly went viral, but he added that the reaction to it wasn’t what he intended.

“I think a lot of people misunderstood my tweet to a certain extent,” Wolfgang continued. “It wasn’t like, ‘How dare you not recognize Eddie Van Halen?’ because Dad just looked like a dad. People’s imagination of Eddie Van Halen is, like, long flowing hair and the Frankenstein [guitar].”

In fact, before his father’s death, Wolfgang spent numerous trips out and about with him, entirely unnoticed by fans. “Like for my birthday one time we went to Six Flags and nobody recognized us there,” he said. “Just a fun day at the roller coasters.”

Comical as the situation was, the real highlight of the evening for Wolfgang had been getting to enjoy music he loved with the father who raised him on rock and roll.

“It was really fun to bring Dad to that so he could really see the music I really, really like,” he said. “It resonated with him too, in a way. … The first thing he said was like, ‘Fuck, that bass player, man. That was the shit.’ And it’s like, yeah, Justin Chancellor is my favorite bass player of all time!”

Turning each other on to new music was a rare occurrence for the father-son duo, but there was always one musician Eddie couldn’t help but cheer on.

“He was really picky with new music,” said Wolfgang. “The only new music he was really stoked about — I’m probably going to sound like an asshole for saying this — was my music. He would just listen to it and cry, out of being so proud and happy with it.”

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Tool-Signed Kitchen Sink, Dio ‘Holy Diver’ Guitar Being Auctioned

If you’re looking for unique rock memorabilia items, Julien’s Auctions have just about everything including the kitchen sink (no really, there’s a Tool-signed kitchen sink on the auction block). The upcoming Icons & Idols: Trilogy Rock ‘n’ Roll auction will be led by new items from Tool and Dio.

Taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 10AM PT, this auction will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. And as such, one of the key items being auctioned will be a limited edition Les Paul-style electric guitar by ASG that is part of a limited series of 30 featuring the artwork from the Holy Diver album. It comes with engraved pickup covers and is inscribed with “AP/30” indicating its place in the series.

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Another item that is garnering plenty of attention is an actual kitchen sink that has been autographed by the members of Tool. According to the band’s manager, Warren Christensen, the group members are generally reluctant to sign items to donate, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to sign the “kitchen sink” and do so for this good cause. Have a look below.

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Those interested can also bid on stage clothes, vintage music collectibles and guitars and drum heads signed by a variety of celebrities from the music world. You’ll find guitars signed by Lita Ford, Nancy Wilson of Heart, John 5, Avenged Sevenfold, Motorhead and Slash. There’s a Jackson Chris Broderick signature model soloist electric guitar played onstage by Broderick while he was with Megadeth; a Schecter Omen Solo 6 electric guitar signed by 15 musicians including Eddie Money and members of Dio, Quiet Riot and Buckcherry; a variety of tour jackets and collections of vintage Fleetwood Mac and 1960s Beatles memorabilia.

To see all the items available for viewing, head over to the auction that is found on pages 250-261 at this location.

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Gibson Report 13 Rare Adam Jones Guitars Stolen From Truck

Sweetwater and Gibson Guitars have reported a theft of limited edition Adam Jones guitars, which were reportedly stolen off the back of a delivery truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, IN.

“Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, this ONE pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop,” says Sweetwater Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich. “Totaling close to $95,000 in guitars, we feel this person/s knew exactly what to look for and when.”

“These guitars were the dream guitars of 13 Gibson and Adam Jones fans, who had been patiently waiting for them to be delivered,” says Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “We have decided to publish the serial numbers of the 13 stolen guitars and are appealing to all of Gibson’s fans to keep an eye out for them and let us know if they surface. Our fans should ask any third-party sellers for a serial number before purchasing to be sure they are not being sold one of the stolen guitars.”

Gibson’s first-ever run of guitars from the Tool riff lord were limited to 79 Les Paul Custom replicas signed by Jones, which used wood aged by expert luthiers. Another 179 Les Paul Customs were made, which feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, co-created by Jones. Along with Joyce Su, the Tool guitarist also designed the custom hardshell guitar cases that come with each axe.

Gibson and Sweetwater have released the serial numbers for each stolen guitar, which you can see in the graphic below. Please contact your local authorities in you come across any of the guitars.


Adam Jones released a new song, “The Witness,” to celebrate his signature guitars, which features instrumental backing from Tool bandmates Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey.

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