Tremonti interview reveals how Wolfgang Van Halen joined the tour
A new video interview of Mark Tremonti's solo band posted to the Artisan News Service YouTube Channel reveals how Wolfgang Van Halen was tapped at the last minute to play bass on the current Tremonti solo tour.
As previously announced, Creed and Alter Bridge bassist Brian Marshall was originally slated to play bass for Mark's solo tour, but had to back out just a day before the first show due to a personal matter. Given that the band already had extremely limited time to rehearse for the tour, this could very well have led to the tour being cancelled. In an incredible turn of events, Mark's bandmates Eric Friedman and Garrett Whitlock mentioned to Mark that they had heard Wolfgang was in New Jersey jamming with Sevendust, with whom Mark is also good friends. Amazingly, Wolfgang happened to be traveling with his entire set of bass guitars and amps, and agreed to join the band for their immanent tour. With less than 24 hours before the first show, Wolfgang learned the remainder of the songs; luckily he already knew a few from having previously listened to the CD. The band rehearsed the entire album at around midnight, and then hit the stage the next day for their first concert in Rhode Island.