Tremonti has received warm praise for their newly released studio album ‘Cauterize,’ which showed the heavy metal unit fronted by Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti being joined by Wolfgang Van Halen as the band’s bass player.
When it came down for the Tremonti tour in support of ‘Cauterize,’ however, their touring plans had to be rearranged so their newest member could head back to rehearse with Van Halen in preparation for the band’s own summer run of the United States.
Mark Tremonti recently expressed that he can’t blame Wolfgang Van Halen for heading back out on the road with one of the largest names in hard rock, but that doesn’t mean he is devoid of mixed emotions.
“I’m so bummed and happy at the same time, ’cause he gets to do Van Halen stuff,” Tremonti recently told Hard Drive Radio. “But Van Halen stuff just popped up right in the window of us doing the first tour off this record.”
The conditions surrounding Tremonti, the guitarist adds, is to accommodate the band members if and when another opportunity opens up with their other bands; after all, Mark Tremonti still has his own ties to Alter Bridge and Creed.
“You know, from the get-go, Tremonti was supposed to be a solo band where, if a member has to come and go for doing something like that, I’m open-minded to it; they can come back,” he explained.
“I do it with Alter Bridge; Myles goes with Slash and he comes back to Alter Bridge. I think it’s when it’s your very first band, when a member does that, everybody cuts him out. But nowadays, I’ve been with so many different musicians, if somebody wants to go and do something, and it’s a reasonable thing, obviously…”
If the opportunity was presented for Mark Tremonti to play with Van Halen, how would he react? The same way any rock musician would. “I told Wolfgang, I’d do the same thing. If I was touring with Van Halen? Van Halen or the Tremonti tour — I’d be going with Van Halen.”
Tremonti has since recruited Tanner Keegan to play bass on their current tour.