How Wolfgang Sent Van Halen Back In Time

Wolfgang Van Halen tried to push dad Eddie back into his seventies state of mind before the band began working on recent album.

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Wolfgang Van Halen tried to push dad Eddie back into his seventies state of mind before the band began working on recent album "A Different Kind Of Truth".

The young bassist believed his father, David Lee Roth and Alex Van Halen could create material as good as their early work if they could be reminded how they used to think.

Wolfgang tells Guitar World: "I wanted to remind my dad of the mindset he was in when he wrote songs like 'Runnin' With The Devil' and 'Dance The Night Away'.

"I thought recording those old songs would make it easier for Dad, Dave and Al to put their minds where they were back then, and get back to writing how they would have then."

The band's extensive collection of demos provided plenty of inspiration, says Wolfgang. "Some people have heard a few, but there's no much more," he explains. "When you walk into the studio there are endless shelves of recordings.

"I grabbed a bunch of random tapes and picked out a few songs I'd known and liked. We recorded the first demo of 'She's The Woman' in August 2009 and it felt really awesome it felt like classic Van Halen, written today. Everything started falling together."

And he's critical of fans who don't like the fact Van Halen reworked some old material for the new album. "At first we had a bunch of haters who were mad that we recorded new versions of songs they'd already heard," he says.

"But they don't understand that's what almost every single musician does. They write music and some of it gets used and some of it doesn't. Only the diehard fans have bootlegs of those demos.

There's a lot of new material on the album as well. It's like all eras of Van Halen slammed into one record. The old songs don't sound the same as the old versions they sound like where we are now."

Thanks to Classicrockmagazine for the report.

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    PatVanHalen5150
    Plain & simple: Without Wolf, Ed would either still be at the bottom of a bottle of Smoking Loon or dead by now. I'l gladly take Wolf over Mike in the band any day if it means Ed stays healthy and happy and VH continues to record & tour.
    todd6138
    Best overall album I've rocked out to this year!! Just quit being crying pussies on tour and go rock out dammit!
    UniformRecon
    Good to him for that! Now i'm just hoping he'll be able to make David sing better. I saw them in San Antonio and was exceptionally disappointed in Dave...
    valnir230
    Alright, disregarding the actual article for a second; I am really getting sick of the term "Haters" and any other variation of it. It sounds unintelligent and at least in my opinion takes away from the credibility of whoever is speaking.
    Superperfex
    PatVanHalen5150 wrote: Plain & simple: Without Wolf, Ed would either still be at the bottom of a bottle of Smoking Loon or dead by now. I'l gladly take Wolf over Mike in the band any day if it means Ed stays healthy and happy and VH continues to record & tour.
    Yeah, but the band is strained. An article I read said that they're not the happiest of bands at the moment and that it's not all happy-go-lucky like it used to be.
    GenerationKILL
    Too bad Diamond Dave sounds HORRIBLE on this record. I don't expect much from him because hes so old, but I think his singing was what really anchored this album down. I'd love to see Eddie, his son and his brother do a collaboration album with different singers. Like Slash has done.
    Muck27
    Hey another news article telling us how much credit Wolfie should get for the VH of 2011-2012. And i agree that dave sounds pretty rough on this record, but EVH rocked it out as he does.
    Absurder22
    Considering the best songs on that record were the ones that weren`t reworked from demos, I`d say Wolfgang pulled it off.