Eddie Van Halen Says Dad Fueled His Drinking

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Eddie Van Halen puts some of the blame on his father for his long struggle with alcohol.

In the May issue of Esquire, the Van Halen guitarist said "the whole alcoholism thing" developed when he asked his dad how to combat his nerves when playing music in front of people.

His father gave him a shot of vodka and a cigarette to ease his nerves, and that started Van Halen on a near lifetime of drinking.

The 57-year-old Van Halen also talked about the struggle to get clean, pulling his son Wolfgang out of school at 15 to join the band, and his relationship with ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli.

The issue hits newsstands on April 24. The recently reunited Van Halen is now on tour.


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  • by LedHed Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 19, 2012 at 01:35 PM
    Bravo, but please go back to school and learn how to properly spell and use punctuation prior to committing to that line of work.
  • by Wendy Location: colorado on Apr 18, 2012 at 05:47 PM
    i have seen it and done it my self and for people who have a drinking problem they like to do the blam game but realy they are trying to hid the pain they are going through in life were i live i have started a nonprofit recovery center to help people with the addiction they have i my self have been sober for 5 yrs and now becomeing an addiction counselor
  • by T in COS on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    Yep... blame it on someone other than yourself... seems to be the common thing to do rather than taking accountability for your actions. Take a look in the mirror idiot, YOU are to blame, not your father; although he sounds like a idiot too. Guess that runs in the family.
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      by LedHed on Apr 18, 2012 at 07:38 AM in reply to T in COS
      Very true, Eddie (and Alex?) are responsible for their behavior, and the same goes for Mike Anthony and "Diamond Dave" (all hard-core booze-hounds back in the day). Love the music, hate the placing of blame on others.
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