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“I’ll make an effort to maintain a smile on my face and cherish memories of you today,” the musician conveyed on Instagram.
Wolfgang Van Halen commemorates his late father, Eddie, on what would have been the rock legend’s 69th birthday. The Mammoth WVH frontman, aged 32, posted a heartfelt tribute on Friday, featuring a nostalgic image of the two sharing quality time years ago.
Expressing his sentiments, Wolfgang wrote, “I wish you were here so I could give you a big hug, go to dinner, celebrate it with you and make a dumb joke about it being your 69th birthday. Just regular s—. I miss hearing you laugh. I miss laughing with you. It’s the little things.”
The photo captures a younger Wolfgang alongside his father backstage, both flashing smiles at the camera while Eddie holds a guitar around his neck. Presumably taken during their touring days, Wolfgang joined Van Halen in 2007, eventually contributing as the bassist on the band’s last studio album, 2012’s “A Different Kind of Truth.”
Eddie passed away in October 2020 after a prolonged battle with throat cancer, succumbing at the age of 65. Wolfgang, reflecting on his father’s birthday, expressed his commitment to keeping a smile on his face while reminiscing about him. He acknowledged that it doesn’t differ much from any other day without his father. The post concludes with a heartfelt declaration: “I love and miss you more than you could ever possibly know. Happy Birthday, Pop ❤️.”
Valerie Bertinelli, Wolfgang’s mother and a TV personality, also shared an image of the father-son duo on her Instagram, captioned “Happy Birthday Ed 🤍.” The photo depicts the two squatting down to capture a moment, with Eddie smiling at the camera. In response, Wolfgang commented with a simple yet poignant heart emoji, expressing his sentiment.
In October, Wolfgang officially married his longtime partner Andraia Allsop in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home, attended by 90 guests. The couple, together for eight years, chose to exchange vows inside their living room to ensure privacy and create an intimate moment with their loved ones, as shared by Andraia with PEOPLE.
“Our goal was just to bring all of our closest family and friends together,” Andraia explained. “The past few years, not only with the world, but also with personal tragedies, haven’t been the easiest, but we wanted to create this wedding as a celebration not only just for us to get married, but a celebration for the people we love.”
During the wedding, Wolfgang and his mother walked down the aisle to the instrumental piece “316,” a song that Eddie Van Halen had written for his son. Wolfgang shared this detail with PEOPLE, emphasizing the sentimental connection to his late father’s music.
Valerie Bertinelli, Wolfgang’s mother, expressed her joy at the union, stating, “It brings me such a nice sense of peace knowing Wolfie and Andraia have each other for the rest of their lives. They really ‘get’ one another. Their humor is very similar, they like similar things, they know how to give each other space and they’re just so comfortable together.”