Wolfgang Van Halen says the coronavirus pandemic robbed his late father Eddie Van Halen the chance of getting more treatment for his cancer.

The legendary Van Halen guitarist passed away last October at the age of 65 following a lengthy battle with cancer. While the official cause of death was cited as cerebrovascular accident, or a stroke, but the star also had numerous underlying causes, including pneumonia and lung cancer.

Now, in an interview with The Washington Post, Wolfgang has insisted that his father might still be alive today if the coronavirus pandemic hadn’t stopped international travel, which unfortunately meant that Eddie was unable to receive further radiation treatment in a place like Germany.

“The way we figured it, if I were to open for Van Halen, he would come out and play a solo for a song,” Wolfgang maintained. “That would have been the end-all dream.” He continued: “I will forever loathe COVID and how it was handled because they stole that moment from me.”

The interview comes at a busy time for Wolfgang. He’s due to support Guns ‘N Roses on the U.S. leg of their upcoming tour. His debut album, titled Mammoth WVH, is also scheduled to be released on Friday, June 11th. It features previously released tracks such as ‘Feel’ and ‘Distance’. Eddie had been encouraging his son to release that record since all the way back in 2017.

Wolfgang, for all the remembrance of his brilliant father, is eager to show what he can do in music on his won. As he ended the interview: “My whole life, I’ve worked so hard to be my own musician, and even my dad would be like, ‘What are you doing?’” he said. “‘Do your own s—. Stop pretending to be me.’ Because I’m not my dad.”

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