Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Eddie Van Halen has revealed that his son and Van Halen/Tremonti bassist, Wolfgang, is currently recording a solo album.
The guitarist shared the news during his hour-long interview at The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington on February 12, an event to help launch the institution’s new 3-year initiative “What It Means To Be American.”
While gushing about being able to make music with his son, Eddie told host Denise Quan, “Wait til you hear his record. This is not ‘pop’ (Dad) talking, this is real talk, it blew my mind.”
Asked about the timing of the release, Eddie said, “They just started… probably end of the year.”
Wolfgang joined Van Halen in 2007 in sync with the return of original frontman David Lee Roth; the bassist replaced Michael Anthony, who was dismissed by Eddie following the group’s ill-fated 2004 reunion tour with Sammy Hagar.
Wolfgang appeared on Van Halen’s 2012 album, “A Different Kind Of Truth”, before joining Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti’s solo band at the start of their fall 2012 tour; he was brought in on 24 hours notice to cover bass for Brian Marshall, who had to pull out for undisclosed personal reasons.
The opportunity first arose when Van Halen’s tour went on hiatus following Eddie’s surgery for a severe bout of Diverticulitis; Wolfgang is now a member of Tremonti and appears on that group’s upcoming release, “Tremonti II.”
On March 31, Van Halen will release “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert”, their first-ever live album with Roth.
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