Former Creed and present Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti mentioned Eddie Van Halen in a brand new Loudwire interview. Wolfgang Van Halen performed with Tremonti from 2012 to 2017. Ultimate-Guitar transcribed Tremonti’s feedback.
“He’s come a couple of occasions… He got here out to our LA present and when Wolfie was sitting in with Alter Bridge on drums.
“He got here out to our present on the Roxy in LA and he got here out to the present in Kansas City the place we had a meet-and-greet with followers.
“There had been a couple of hundred of them and there’s an excellent image of all of the followers watching us on stage and then you definately see Eddie Van Halen standing proper behind him, like, wanting on the digital camera.
“If any one among them rotated and noticed Eddie behind them, they'd have rushed him. They had no thought who was standing proper behind them. But it’s nice – you play a present and also you’ll simply type of see him sitting there, smiling, wanting down.
“And if you’re on stage, I believe a light-switch type of turns and also you type of develop into this different persona, so it’s exhausting to shake your nerves. It felt good, to him being there – I’m doing one thing proper if Eddie Van Halen’s within the crowd.”
So you don’t get on there and like hyper-focus on Eddie at any level?
“No. Really, I imply, I play so completely different than him, to start with. It was simply nice to have him there.”
Did he ever offer you a like a praise in your enjoying? That’s a sacred factor, I'd think about.
“No. There’s a few humorous issues which have occurred. We went to go see them play follow – it was me and Eric [Friedman, Tremonti guitarist], Wolfgang and his dad, and Alex [Van Halen, drummer].
“We had been at 5150 Studios [in LA] and so they’re enjoying the brand new document. They have completed the tune and I used to be like, ‘Wolfie, that was a killer bass line. I like what you probably did, all of the chord-y stuff and whatnot.’
“And Eddie’s like, ‘Were my components good?’ [Laughs] Like, you’re Eddie Van Halen, your components are all the time good! So he’s nonetheless this man who’s nonetheless pushing to be the most effective he can. And he’s all the time been nice.
“One time, I used to be warming up in LA for a present – I’m working towards, simply warming my left hand up.
“And I see someone standing behind me for a minute and I hear him go, ‘You don’t decide very a lot, do you?’ I flip round and it’s Eddie Van Halen! I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m warming up my left hand!’.”