Will Wolfgang Van Halen perform Van Halen songs with his solo band? “Absolutely not,” he said


Wolfgang Van Halen revealed the musicians who will join him on the road when he starts performing shows in support of his upcoming debut solo album under the band name MAMMOTH WVH. Playing alongside Wolfgang, who will manage the vocals and the guitar, will be guitarist Frank Sidoris (SLASH WITH MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS), drummer Garrett Whitlock (TREMONTI) and bassist Ronnie Ficarro.

Wolfgang discussed from MAMMOTH WVH group composition during an appearance earlier today (Wednesday, November 18) on SiriusXMfrom « Trunk Nation avec Eddie Trunk ». He said: “We have Franc. My good brother Garrett Whitlock, with whom I played TREMONTI; we’ve been the rhythm section for quite a while. And God, he hits hard, and that’s really important to me. And an amazing guy too, which is even more important because they are family – you have to live with them to move forward. And Ronnie Ficarro, a bass player; he played with FALL BACK and a group called I AM PHANTOM. He’s a great player and a great guy too. So I’m really happy with that. The second we started playing in 2018, we froze right away. Same dad [Eddie Van Halen] was, like, ‘Fuck yeah! You got that. ”

Regarding how MAMMOTH WVH will manage the material of his next album live, Wolfgang said, “I think at the end of the day, because, my God, on the album there are so many layers that at the moment, Franc and I sort of pick the parts to play rather than making sure we play every part. I mean, I would never do any songs or anything; I think that sucks as shit… So I think at some point it might be important to have a fifth guy, like an auxiliary guy, who could do the other guitar and vocals; there are a lot of layers on the vocals and the guitars. Which maybe would allow me to play on keyboards, as there are a few keyboard parts on the album – nothing big at all, but I really want to round off the sound. I think with the four of us right now we can do it just fine, but at some point it might be fun to ask that extra guy to fill in the sound. And I think it is way better than getting pieces or something like that. ”

Wolfgang, who joined his father in VAN HALEN for the group’s 2007 reunion tour with David Lee Roth, replacing Michael Anthony, he was then asked if he will play a VAN HALEN songs during MAMMOTH WVHlive shows. “Absolutely not,” he replied. “If I do, I would like it to be really different. I wouldn’t want to sit there and play ‘I’m not talking about love’. I would like to do a great acoustic cover of ‘Small guitars’ or a crap – something different. I refuse to walk on the same ground as my father. I need to make my own way. ”

He then said: ” VAN HALEN fans, don’t take that and run with it. I will not take out a VAN HALEN cover album or whatever. If that happened to me, it would be in this context. It would be different. ”

According to Wolfgang, a single album of original material should be enough to fill an ensemble during MAMMOTH WVHthe first tours of. “I think at the start, opening up and stuff, you really only do half an hour, 45 minutes, and the album with bonus tracks, Gosh – I don’t know how long it is, but I think it’s almost an hour of music, which I think is enough for a show where I can play all the original stuff, ”he says.

Wolfgang played all the instruments and sang every note on MAMMOTH WVHhis first album, which is scheduled for release in spring 2021 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 records. The first single of the disc, « Distance », was published last Monday (November 16). Wolfgang wrote the song while his late father was battling cancer, “imagining what my life would be like without him, and how terribly I would miss him”, Wolfgang explained in a press release.

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