February 19, 2015

Van Halen bassist Eddie Van Halen revealed in his recent talk at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. that his son, Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, is working on a solo album.

Eddie said, “Wait ’til you hear his record. This isn’t Pop talking — this is real talk. It blew my mind.” Asked if the disc was finished and when it would arrive, Eddie added, “They just started. Probably the end of the year.”


Wolfgang hinted at possible solo plans a while back: “I mean, I feel like it’s just kind of open-ended. I feel like since I can play drums, bass, guitar and kind of sing, I guess, I can kind of just decide whatever I want to do. I mean, I’ve always loved the whole Dave Grohl story of how he started Foo Fighters — just did a whole demo album by himself.”

Wolfgang first performed live with Van Halen on the band’s 2007-2008 world tour, which also marked the return of original singer David Lee Roth. He made his recording debut on the band’s 2012 album A Different Kind Of Truth.

  • Wolfgang has also toured as a member of Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti’s solo band. He played bass on Tremonti’s second album, due out this spring.
  • As for a new Van Halen band album, Eddie said at the Smithsonian, “I’d love to make a studio record. Depends on everybody’s timing. I don’t know what Dave is up to now — I don’t know if he’s living in New York or Japan or wherever he is.”
  • The group will release a live album on March 31st called Tokyo Dome: Live In Concert.