Alter Bridge and Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti has revealed plans to record with bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.
Wolfgang is currently on tour with Tremonti’s solo band, after he was brought in at the last minute to replace Creed and Alter Bridge bassist Brian Marshall.
Speaking with Metal Shrine, Tremonti said that Wolfgang’s playing has added a new dimension to the band: “We’ve already talked about [recording] and we look forward to it. I think it’ll add a whole other element to this band.”
He added: “He’s a very positive person and good to be around and an incredibly talented musician. Things have been going well.”
Tremonti explained that Wolfgang was among his first choices when he was originally putting the band together: “We had talked about having him being a part of the band early on, but Van Halen got back together and did a nine-month tour together and it was right in the window when we needed to do this, so we moved on without him. Eric Friedman tracked the bass on the record, and then we started touring and we had Brian Marshall playing bass with us, and then something came up at the last minute with Brian and it just so happened that Wolfgang was in town. I gave him a shout and he came right over and jumped on board.”
Wolfgang’s and Tremonti’s relationship goes back years: “Wolfgang was a fan of Alter Bridge and came to an Alter Bridge soundcheck and invited us over to a Van Halen soundcheck,” Tremonti said. “I had actually done some shows with Van Halen back in the earlier days. I saw Wolfgang when he was just a kid when we were opening up for Van Halen and all these years later I ran back into him and it´s just crazy how things turned out.”