"I don't think anyone could have lived up to what my father did for music but himself," Wolfgang Van Halen writes -- but he expected a more substantial mention of his dad at Sunday's show.
When Eddie Van Halen's portion of the Grammys' "In Memoriam" segment included just a short clip of the Van Halen guitarist performing in archival footage and a lone guitar perched onstage, a lot of fans wondered why he didn't get the same treatment as Kenny Rogers, Little Richard, John Prine or Gerry and the Pacemakers' Gerry Marsden at Sunday's show. According to a tweet Monday (March 15), Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen was expecting something more substantial too.
Wolfgang said he was asked by the Recording Academy to play "Eruption" -- which is what his dad was playing in the footage shown Sunday night -- but declined. "I don't think anyone could have lived up to what my father did for music but himself," he wrote. What he didn't realize is that his dad's brief moment would be surrounded by full tribute performances from Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak (Little Richard), Lionel Richie (Kenny Rogers), Brandi Carlile (John Prine) and Brittany Howard (Marsden).