In an interview with Billboard, Wolfgang Van Halen has revealed that he is now a permanent member of Tremonti, although he will still be working in the "family-business." The bassist has also revealed some of the flack that he has gotten for playing in his father's band.
"There's definitely a lot of hate out there that I try not to acknowledge. It's definitely intimidating as a 16-year-old to have the world hating on you and saying you're only in (Van Halen) because it's your dad's band and all of that. But I just kind of do my thing. I know what I can do, and when people tell me I can't and I know that I am doing it, whether it's in Van Halen or with Mark, it almost makes me feel better."
The bassist also revealed that he has had an influence on the writing of the new Tremonti record:
"We've actually written a handful of songs on this tour alone. During sound check we'll jam some stuff out. Van Halen is definitely the priority, but whenever Van Halen isn't doing anything, I treat this as another band I'm legitimately in. I'm really excited to be on the next record and have some sort of influence on the writing."
While Van Halen might be a priority for Wolfgang, it is unclear whether frontman David Lee Roth is too happy about his presence. The singer recently revealed that he would like to see original bassist Michael Anthony return to the fold:
"Ed has his own vision, I'm assuming. We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band", the singer said after talking about his latest "Jump" remix.
"And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever – that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in The Beach Boys."