The members of Van Halen are going to be well occupied with their upcoming summer tour in support of the band’s first live album featuring David Lee Roth, ‘Tokyo Dome Live in Concert,’ however guitarist Eddie Van Halen is already looking forward to what the rock group will be doing after this run across North America – and hopefully, that means new music.
During a recent conversation with Guitar World, however, Eddie placed significant emphasis on the upcoming debut solo album from bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. “It’s like AC/DC meets Van Halen meets aggressive pop,” he said. “The riffs are catchy. It’s a little of everything and sounds like a freight train coming at you. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s so powerful that I’m jealous.”
After recently listening to the new remasters of the debut Van Halen album and ‘1984,’ Edward added that he feels Wolfgang’s new solo album is the closest fans will be able to get to that era of rock in years. “There is no music like that out there anymore. It’s really sad,” he explained.
“What happened to rock ‘n’ roll? That’s why I can’t wait for the world to hear what Wolf’s working on. I’ll be bold and say that what Wolf and [producer Eric ‘Erock’ Friedman] are doing is important.”
While nothing can serve as the proper substitute for a new Van Halen record, the virtuoso did say that Wolfgang’s new album could help appease the appetites of longtime fans, as well as win over some unsure listeners. “It hits really hard. I think that people who hear it are either not going to believe it or they’re finally going to go, ‘This kid is the real deal,’” Eddie continued.
“When he plays drums, it’s scary. When he plays bass to his own drums, it’s even scarier. And then he’s playing guitar on top of it. It’s insane. The grooves are so locked in it’s ridiculous.”
Eddie also addressed the possibility of more new Van Halen material arriving in the near future. “We just take it as it comes,” he shrugged. “I’d love to do another studio record if everybody else is up for it.”
He continued to note that predicting the future isn’t in their best interest. “At the end of this tour, Wolf is going to finish his record. After that we’ll see. We don’t ever plan that far ahead. That’s how the live album came about. The best things aren’t planned that far in advance. We like to keep it loose.”