Wolfgang Van Halen commemorated the fortieth anniversary of the recording of his father’s classic instrumental “Eruption” by posting a video of the VAN HALEN bassist playing the song on the original guitar it was tracked with. Check out the clip below.
Wolfgang is currently working on his debut solo album, tentatively due next year. The disc reportedly features the VAN HALEN bassist playing all the drums, bass, guitars and keyboards himself, in addition to handling all the vocal tracks. Van Halen News Desk spoke directly with a pair of people who had heard portions of the record, saying they “totally loved it.”
Wolfgang has been posting photos and videos from the studio at his Instagram account since early 2015.
He told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that his ability to play different instruments gave him the freedom to do what he wanted on a solo project. “I mean, I feel like it’s just kind of open-ended,” he said. “I feel like since I can play drums, bass, guitar and kind of sing, I guess, I can kind of just decide whatever I want to do. I mean, I’ve always loved the whole Dave Grohl story of how he started FOO FIGHTERS — just did a whole demo album by himself.”
Eddie Van Halen described the project in 2015 as sounding like “AC/DC meets VAN HALEN meets aggressive pop,” adding, “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.”
There’s still no official indication as to when or how the album might see release.
Wolfgang first performed live with VAN HALEN on the band’s 2007-2008 world tour, which also marked the return of original singer David Lee Roth. He made his recording debut on the band’s 2012 album “A Different Kind Of Truth”.
Wolfgang has also toured as a member of ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti‘s solo band and played bass on TREMONTI‘s second album.