Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mark Tremonti raves about Wolfgang Van Halen

Last week, Wolfgang Van Halen joined Tremonti as bassist for the band’s fall tour when Brian Marshall notified the group that he was unable to hit the road with them due to personal matters.

“Wolfgang had been a bass player that we had considered for the band in the first place,” revealed Mark Tremonti to Horns Up Rocks! “But he was on tour with Van Halen. The situation just came up and he happened to be in New York and had his bass gear – he was hanging out with the guys from Sevendust – and I called him up and said hey man, we have a show tomorrow night and we need a bass player, whaddya think? He’s like,‘Let me call you back.’ Calls me back and says ‘I’ll be there in an hour.’”

“We rehearsed for an hour and a half, two hours,”
continued Tremonti, “Went through another rehearsal the next day, and within 24 hours he’s up on stage with us playing in the band. He’s a kick-ass musician and he’s learned faster than anybody I’ve ever seen. He’s amazing and he saved the day.”

Tremonti is touring behind his debut solo release, “All I Was.” Wolfgang’s first show with the band happened last week at Rock Junction in West Greenwich, Rhode Island – see video here.

Wolfgang is currently on an extended break from his band’s “A Different Kind Of Truth” tour; his father, Eddie Van Halen, is recuperating following surgery for a severe bout of Diverticulitis that will have him sidelined for the next four to six months.


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