“Wait until you hear his record,” says dad, Eddie Van Halen
By Mindy Rochwerg
February 16, 2015
It looks like Wolfgang Van Halen, 23-year-old son of guitarist Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli, may be working on a new solo album.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Eddie recently told Denise Quan during a public interview at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in L.A.: “Wait until you hear his record,” and added: “This is not [his] pop talking, this is real talk, it blew my mind.” Eddie indicated that work on the album has just started and that it would probably be released at the end of the year.
It’s not clear whether the album in question is indeed a solo album and there is speculation that the record Eddie is referring to is related to Wolfgang’s gig as bassist with the band Tremonti, however, according to earlier information from Wolfgang himself, that work was completed in December and the resulting record is tentatively scheduled for release early this year.
Wolfgang, who took over as bassist for Van Halen in 2006 after the departure of Michael Anthony, has been posting photos of mixing boards, tape consoles and instruments on his Instagram account, possibly supporting the theory of a solo album.
About working with Wolfgang, Eddie said he didn’t even “know how to put that into words” and noted that Wolfgang’s talent has had a positive effect on his life: “He just fit in like a glove… it breathed a breath of fresh air into my life. I was actually going through a pretty rough time when he joined the band. I was still drinking at the time. I got sober during that first tour. I was so nervous. [But] every time I looked at my son, I’m going ‘okay, if my 16-year-old son can be kicking ass like that, I better suck it up here.’ He gave me the strength to be able to do that, and here we are.”
As for Van Halen, they will be releasing a live album of their 2013 Tokyo Dome concert in March.
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