A Clue To New Van Halen Album's Sound

07/06/2011
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(Gibson) Yesterday we told you how David Lee Roth has told fans to get ready and today we learn that the old school Van Halen sound is front and center on the new album. Gibson reports: Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti recently spent some time at Van Halen's 5150 studio listening to material from the band's forthcoming album. The as-yet-untitled CD will be the group's first with singer David Lee Roth since 1984's…err, 1984.

Tremonti appeared recently on Colorado's 94.3 KILO Radio and divulged more details on his visit. "What makes it so great," he told host Ross Ford, "is that they took what they could from all their old demos back in the '80s and pretty much did what they could to create songs out of old ideas. So it sounds like vintage Van Halen. Musically, it sounds in the era. I didn't hear any vocals — David [Lee Roth] was not there. It was just [Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen] and the music sounded like very authentic, old-school Van Halen."

Tremonti said he nearly stepped into hot water when he complimented his pal, Wolfgang. "I remember commenting on Wolfgang's bass parts. I said, 'Man, that was a great chordal thing you did at the end there.' And then Eddie looked at me and said, 'How was my part?' [I said], 'Dude, you're Eddie Van Halen. Your part is incredible every single time!' He was very, very nice. I couldn't have had a better experience." more on this story

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