Is Wolfgang Van Halen Making a Solo Album?
“Wait until you hear his record,” Eddie told Denise Quan while speaking about Wolfgang during an hour long public interview at the Smithsonian National Museum Of American History in Los Angeles. “This is not [his] pop talking, this is real talk, it blew my mind.”
When asked when we could expect to hear the project, the elder Van Halen said, “They just started, probably end of the year.” Now, it is possible that Eddie is referring to his son’s job as bassist for the band Tremonti, but Wolfgang himself announced that work on the group’s upcoming second album was completed back in December. That as-yet untitled record is tentatively scheduled for an early 2015 release.
To further fuel speculation, for the past month of so Wolfgang has been posting photos of mixing boards, tape consoles and instruments on his Instagram account.
Eddie was touchingly enthusiastic when asked what it was like to work with Wolfgang in Van Halen. “Oh man, talk about fresh blood! I don’t even know how to put that into words. For one, what father wouldn’t want to play with his son. Especially one who’s as talented as he is. He just fit in like a glove… it breathed a breath of fresh air into my life. I was actually going through a pretty rough time when he joined the band. I was still drinking at the time. I got sober during that first tour. I was so nervous. [But] every time I looked at my son, I’m going ‘okay, if my 16-year-old son can be kicking ass like that, I better suck it up here.’ He gave me the strength to be able to do that, and here we are.”
Diehard fans have to wonder if any of the other members of Van Halen would take part in a Wolfgang solo project, the closest we’ve been to new music since Eddie Van Halen’s son joined the group for 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth, their first album with David Lee Roth since 1984. Wolfgang has been touring with Van Halen since he replaced Michael Anthony in 2006.
Van Halen, the band, has yet to confirm an avalanche of reports stating that they will be releasing a live album this March. ‘Tokyo Dome Live in Concert‘ would be the group’s second live record, and the first to feature Roth on vocals.
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