Sunday, October 7, 2012

VIDEO: Wolfgang Van Halen on joining the Tremonti tour

Wolfgang Van Halen joined Creed/Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti’s solo band at the start of their tour last month – on 24 hours notice.

During a recent tour stop in Atlanta, Wolfgang explained how the whole thing came together, as he joined his friends in Tremonti.

It turns out the young Van Halen star was in New Jersey hanging out in the studio with Sevendust when he got the call from Mark.

“Mark calls me at about 8:15 pm,” begins Wolfgang. “And I’m like, ‘Hey dude, what’s going on? How are you?’ He’s like ‘Not good. Brian [Marshall] had some personal things he has to take care of so we don’t have a bassist. Are you in?’ I was kinda like, ‘Wow, OK, that’s a huge commitment with the first show being tomorrow.’ I told him, ‘Let me do some thinking and I’ll call you back.’”

“Really, all I was thinking was I was try to think of a reason not to do it and I couldn’t,” Wolfgang continued. “I had all of my equipment; we’re only 45 minutes away. I know the album, I know how to play all of it. I know the material really well. And I love [drummer] Garrett [Whitlock], I love E-Rock [guitarist Eric Friedman] and I love Mark. I was just like you know what? ‘F it, I’ll do it.’”

“Within two hours, I had all my stuff loaded in the back of a pickup truck and we just drove out. We were rehearsing by midnight, we ran through the whole set once, and then the next day we had a show.”

Wolfgang is currently on an extended break from his band’s “A Different Kind Of Truth” tour, as his father, Eddie, continues to recuperate 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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