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Wolfgang Van Halen Autographs His First Van Halen Vinyl: Pic of the Week

Wolfgang Van Halen
L. Joseph Wolfe

Our picture of the week captures a nice “rock star” milestone in the life of Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen — autographing his first-ever vinyl record cover, in this case a copy of the band’s 2012 album ‘A Different Kind of Truth.’

Joseph Wolfe, the man in the photograph alongside Van Halen, explains that Wolfgang originally signed the album in April 2012 during Van Halen’s tour. Wolfe recently saw the young bassist again outside of a recent concert by Tremonti, with whom Wolfgang has been performing in recent months, which is when this picture was taken. Wolfe said Van Halen was “floored” to see the album again.

As you can see in the close-up below, both Wolfgang and his famous guitar-playing father Eddie (who was in attendance to watch his son perform) added notes to their signatures indicating that this was the first vinyl copy of ‘Truth’ they had been asked to sign, and the younger Van Halen went on to explain it was his first vinyl signing ever.

Of course we presume Eddie has autographed vinyl copies of his band’s previous albums, and that there are some Wolfgang-inscribed CDs out there. It does make us wonder: how are these interactions going to take in the digital world? How does one sign an MP3?

Oh and one last note — Mr. Wolfe is quite clear that this piece of Van Halen history is not for sale.

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Van Halen Different Kind of Truth
L. Joseph Wolfe

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