Mark Tremonti Reveals Plan to Keep Wolfgang Van Halen in His Band
Mark Tremonti raised a few eyebrows in the Van Halen camp when he recently commented that he'd like to make Wolfgang Van Halen's addition to his self-titled band a permanent thing. But the guitarist says that VH fans shouldn't worry about this signaling Wolfgang's exit, as he plans to work around the Van Halen commitments.
Tremonti tells Metal Express Radio (excerpted by Van Halen News Desk), "We're talking about doing this arrangement for good. Van Halen will always be his priority, whenever they are touring. When he's not touring, he'll be with us. He will write and play on the records and, if he is on tour with Van Halen, we will find somebody that he is comfortable with filling his shoes."
Tremonti recently revealed that the younger Van Halen was part of their initial thought process for their current release, but he was otherwise occupied at the time when they started recording their record. With Van Halen off the road and with Tremonti's Creed and Alter Bridge bassist Brian Marshall bowing out just prior to their tour, Wolfgang became a last-minute addition to the band's lineup.
The group just finished their European tour, with no further dates on the itinerary at present. Meanwhile, Van Halen remain off the road as well while guitarist Eddie Van Halen recovers from the surgery he had to deal with diverticulitis earlier this year.