Wolfgang Van Halen has shared an emotional letter to his late-father, Eddie Van Halen, one year since Eddie passed away from cancer at 65.
"It was the last show we ever did, and it was the last show I ever played with my Dad," Wolfgang wrote. "I'll never forget it."
Wednesday morning, the one-year anniversary of Eddie's death, Wolfie ruminated more thoroughly on the past 12 months — from the loss of his father to the release of his debut single, "Distance," to the success of his Mammoth WVH solo album and his band's inaugural tour.
He shared a treasured photo of Eddie patting him on the head backstage during what looks like a pre-show warmup. He poured his thoughts into the caption.
You fought so hard for so long, but you were still taken away. It’s just so unfair.
I’m not ok. I don’t think I’ll ever be ok. There’s so much I wish I could show you. So many things I wish I could share with you. I wish I could laugh with you again. I wish I could hug you again. I miss you so much it hurts.
I’m trying to do my best here without you, but it’s really fucking hard. I hope you’re still proud.
I love you with all of my heart, Pop. Watch over me.
Wolfie will perform at the AfterShock Festival tomorrow, (Thursday, October 7), get a few days off, and then wrap up his 2021 touring with a final run of shows through the Shaky Knees Festival, Oct. 23.