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Gallery: Van Halen Live Gear 2012

Inside Eddie and Wolfgang''s rigs.

Wolfgang Rack
Wolf's effect rack is simpler and yet perhaps a tad more adventurous than dad's. It houses a Furman PL-Plus power conditioner/light module, a Whirlwind Multi Selector for quick changes between wireless packs on different basses, two Shure UR4D wireless receivers and a Shure antenna unit, a half-rack amp-selector built by RJM Music, and a pedal drawer housing an EVH/MXR Phase 90, an MXR Fullbore Metal, an Electro-Harmonix Micro POG, a Way Huge Pork Loin, an EVH/MXR Flanger, a Strymon TimeLine, and a G-Lab PB-1 power supply. Out of view at the bottom of the rack is an RJM Effect Gizmo Audio Loop Switcher.

When PG caught up with Van Halen before their April 27, 2012, performance at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the only thing more thrilling than getting a guided tour of Eddie’s and Wolfgang’s rigs from their techs, Craig DeFalco and Jim Survis, was getting to sit through soundcheck and hear Ed, Wolf, and Alex pound out flawless versions of classics such as “Unchained” and “Runnin’ with the Devil.” Sadly, we can’t share the unreal listening experience with you—but we can share our great shots of their gear. Enjoy!