Friday, September 14, 2012

Wolfgang Van Halen explains joining Tremonti for tour


Creed/Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti made the most of a bad situation this week when bassist Brian Marshall advised his band - on 24 hours notice - that he was unable to join them for the tour in support of Tremonti’s debut solo release, “All I Was.”

A bit of good luck was on Tremonti’s side, as a good friend of his happened to be in the city when he received the news.

"It was an amazing turn of events,” said Tremonti. “We had no time to rehearse for this tour. We were just gonna roll right into it. We were gonna get together at our buddies'… Eve To Adam was another band that was on tour with us with Creed, and they were nice enough to say, 'You can use our rehearsal pad.' So we rushed into the rehearsal pad. And that day, Brian had something personal come up and he was, like, 'Man, I'm really sorry, I can't do the tour.' And we were just kind of like, 'Ahh… I love you, man, but, man, this is really bad timing.'”

“And these guys kind of whispered to me, 'Wolfgang [Van Halen] is in town with the Sevendust guys, just rocking in the studio with them,'”
he continued. “So I immediately called him and he was, like, 'Hey, how're you doing, buddy?' I was, like, 'Not so good.' [laughs] So I said, 'Brian can't do the tour and I heard you're around. What do you think?' And he's, like, 'Are you kidding me?'"

"It was just so perfect the way this mysteriously worked out,” said Wolfgang. “I just happened to have all of my bass equipment – like, everything – just ready to go."

"He already knew a handful of the songs, knew the record from listening to it,”
Tremonti added, “but picked them up, like… He learns ten times faster than I can learn."

"We rehearsed at midnight the day before the first show,”
laughed Van Halen, “just ran through every song once, and that was it."

Wolfgang’s first show with Tremonti happened Tuesday 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.

Eddie’s health issue, which flared up following the end of the first leg of the band’s tour, caused the postponement and eventual cancellation of a series of Van Halen concert dates across North America this summer, and the postponement of a series of dates in Japan that were scheduled for November.




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