In 2006, Eddie Van Halen confirmed that Van Halen would continue with his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, taking over on bass. With the Van Halen fanbase being a passionate one, the move certainly raised a few eyebrows for those who loved the group's longtime bassist Michael Anthony, but in a new interview with Forbes Wolfgang Van Halen says he didn't take the backlash from Anthony fans personally.
After speaking of the kind and positive things that Van Halen fans have had to say about his new song "Distance" online, the conversation turned to how the Internet chatter hasn't always been so kind. Referring to his arrival in the group, Wolfgang stated, "I don't think it was a personal thing. I think it was their love for Michael Anthony, it had nothing to do with me as a person. It's just that they would have much rather seen him without realizing the back story of how [the reunion] probably wouldn't have happened without me because dad felt incredibly uninspired and, especially when he was sober, he had a monumental anxiety issue and having me there made him more comfortable and creative."