Austria's Mulatschag TV recently conducted an interview with ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked about his band friendship with VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, Tremonti said, "We played with VAN HALEN years and years ago at Madison Square Garden and Palace in Detroit. The first time I saw Wolfgang, he was just a little probably five-year-old kid or six-year-old kid. Eddie [Wolfgang's father and VAN HALEN guitarist] that day gave me one of his guitars, so I got to know Eddie. Then years went by and Wolfgang ended up being a fan of ALTER BRIDGE, so we got to know him through ALTER BRIDGE. And Wolfgang invited us to go see soundcheck when VAN HALEN did a tour a couple of years ago, and we were the only in there, so it was quite a treat. And then recently I was in Los Angeles and Wolfgang invited me to his Dad's house and I got to go to 5150 studios and watch Eddie and Alex [Van Halen] and Wolfgang play their new record from front to back. So I was one of the only people who have heard the new VAN HALEN. It was incredible."
VAN HALEN's long-awaited new studio album in tentatively due in the fall, which is when the band is also expected to hit the road in support of the effort.
VAN HALEN staged a successful reunion tour with singer David Lee Roth in 2007 and 2008, with rumors of a new album persisting since then. The group began recording in January with producer John Shanks.
VAN HALEN's last full album, "Van Halen III", came out in 1998 and featured the only appearance of EXTREME singer Gary Cherone as lead vocalist.