VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen has finished laying down bass tracks for 20 songs that are being considered for inclusion on the second album from TREMONTI, the band led by CREED and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti. The follow-up to 2012's "All I Was" is being helmed by producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (ALTER BRIDGE, SLASH), who writes: "[It's] such a pleasure to record when you are working with so much talent." He adds: "[I am] looking forward to [recording] guitars with Mark Tremonti and Eric Friedman starting this weekend."
A listening party and live performance for the second TREMONTI album will be held on January 31, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
Wolfgang Van Halen joined Tremonti's solo band for touring purposes after ALTER BRIDGE bassist Brian Marshall dropped off the project.
With ALTER BRIDGE and CREED both still active, The Pulse Of Radio asked Tremonti a while back how he knows which songs are right for each project. "I've just gotten this filter, this intuition that tells me what songs go to which band, and with my solo stuff, the rhythm section is so different from the other bands, I think it really stands apart," he said. "I think it's a little more aggressive than both the other bands."
Tremonti recorded "All I Was" using ideas rejected by his ALTER BRIDGE bandmates, who felt some of the material was too "speed metal" for their sound. Tremonti revealed, "I tried it with them about 10 times and it would never stick. I didn't want those ideas to go to waste . . . Now it's a living, breathing band so we gotta keep it going."
Tremonti's other act, ALTER BRIDGE, released its fourth album, called "Fortress", last year.