Wolfgang Van Halen Joins Tremonti Permanently

The bassist will still be working in the "family-business."

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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."

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    "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" Sounds pretty accurate to me.
    You agree that it's intimidating?
    That's he's only in Van Halen because he's a Van Halen.
    Well yes, of course he is, but how many people here could honestly say that if, for example, James Hetfield was their dad and they could play in Metallica that they wouldn't do it? People need to cut the guy some slack.
    He's a bassist. I'm a basssist. He's 21 years old. I'm 21 years old. His surname is Van Halen and he is now permanent member of Tremonti. I... am not... Ok I'm envious... so what???
    What does this mean for Brian Marshall? I guess it's safe to assume at this point Tremonti and Kennedy will alternate years between AB and their other bands (Tremonti, Slash) and WVH might as well join that process (Tremonti for a tour, VH for a tour, and so forth).
    Brian Marshall is going to be fine. He's got a kid to raise while Tremonti and Kennedy is off touring with Wofie/Erock/Whitlock and Slash respectively. Still waiting for the next AB record though and waiting for the news that the Myles Kennedy solo album would be released.
    Sounds like Brian Marshall didn't really want to do the Tremonti side project just like anguyen92 explained. He's happy with what he has got I guess. He's a great bass player but it was cool that he did fill ins and such until Wolfgang came around!
    Van Halen is nothing but a bunch of drama queens. So tired of this band. People are just jealous because Wolfgang has a cool job and if I were him, I'd make Tremonti more of a priority as I got older. Van Halen will break up again in a few years and Tremonti will be going strong.
    When Michael Anthony started playing with Hagar on his down time from Van Halen, I think that is what ticked off Eddie. Was he mad because he was with Hagar or mad because he was playing with someone else and not exclusively flying the Van Halen flag? Does that mean he might get mad at Wolfgang for playing with someone else and kick him out? LOL
    Now THAT would be a UG headline: Van Halen kicked out of Van Halen!
    I really feel bad that Michael Anthony got soo much crap from Eddie, I read an interview where he basically just says he's useless and riding on the other three's hard work, which was a real dumb statement by Eddie, he's a great bassist, and one of the most memorable backing vocalists in rock imo.
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    Carl Hungus
    Nice to hear David Lee Roth giving props to Michael Anthony. The treatment he received Eddie makes the whole Slayer thing look meager in comparison.
    I think it's funny how nobody mentions creed when they're predicting the work schedule for alter bridge members hahahahaha
    Creed is just a money maker for Mark and co. As noone really cares about Creed outside of the US.
    If it makes them able to keep AB, Slash & solo work goin, I'm all for it.
    Yes he's in cause he's a Van Halen. He's just lucky. Maybe you're lucky as well one day
    Not knocking on bass players as there are tons of amazing bass players, but Wolfgang makes it sound like it sooooo difficult to slap that four string, I mean all the technical prowess of Van Halen is in Eddie's guitar work, never really heard anyone say "oh man check out the bass line on this Van Halen song"
    Ever heard the intro to Runnin' with the Devil?
    Yeah, a repeated 2-note motiff is hard. "Boom-beh, boom-beh,boom-beh, boom".
    It's actually even better. It's a 1 note motif played on an open string: "boom. boom. boom. boom"
    I like Van Halen, not Hagar, their new album was alright...not anything special on bass...not like they had a crazy bass in the first place. But Micheal Anthony is better then Wolfgang.
    I'm just gonna go ahead and say it. A original lineup of VH would be awesome, but do you think Ed is really going to let his own son get kicked out of the band? I know wouldn't do it.
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    This kid growing up knew he could be in Van Halen if he ket on practicing the bass. He knew that growing up in life. He was born knowing that he will eventually be in Van Halen. The rest of us sadly weren't brought up that way where our fathers lead a successful band. Such is life.
    Interesting thing I heard in an interview, he started out on drums, then learned guitar, vocals, then picked up bass only when the possibility of joining VH became more of a reality.