[Originally published 10/23/19] On Monday, October 21st, 2019, rock and roll legend Eddie Van Halen attended the TOOL show at L.A.’s Staples Center with his son, Wolfgang Van Halen. While Eddie has been receiving treatment for throat cancer, he seems to be enjoying his free time. As sources close to the iconic Van Halen guitarist told TMZ earlier that afternoon, Eddie was really looking forward to the TOOL show and was “super stoked to see the band rock out.”
Wolf & Eddie Van Halen
Tool was phenomenal (as always) last night. pic.twitter.com/TP75po6J30
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 22, 2019
Of course, Eddie wasn’t the only one excited to see TOOL onstage with a new album’s worth of material to pull from. After all, seeing TOOL tour behind a new album more than a decade in the making is a monumental event for any fan—an event you’ll want to remember for years to come. It’s always nice to have a photo of yourself by which to remember such a significant concert. Just be careful who you ask to take the shot—you may just become the butt of a viral “fail” story.
One guy at Monday’s TOOL show committed that very faux pas. He asked a random dude in the crowd to take his picture and left happy with a memorable concert and a sweet pic under his belt. Unbeknownst to him, “random guy” was actually Eddie Van Halen. Thankfully, Wolf Van Halen captured the moment, assuring everyone who sees it enjoys a good laugh. We’re hoping the guy in the photo also got some amusement out of the situation once he realized who his photographer was.
As Wolf shared in an Instagram post that’s quickly spread around social media, “A guy asked my dad if he could take a picture of him with the stage behind him, having no idea who he just asked, and that was my favorite moment from the #Tool show last night.”
Moral of the story: Make absolutely certain “random guy in the audience at the TOOL show” isn’t a rock and roll icon in his own right before you ask him to take a photo for your Instagram. Or don’t, and enjoy your life as a new viral sensation.