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Wolfgang Van Halen showcases his mean bass chops on snippet of debut solo album

dward Van Halen and his son Wolfgang Van Halen of Van Halen perform at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Van Halen and Tremonti bassist - and son of Eddie - Wolfgang Van Halen has been hard at work on his debut solo album for a good five years or so now, and this week, he released a new clip that demonstrates his formidable bass skills.

In a video posted to Twitter, simply captioned “Bass & Drums #WVHAlbum”, Wolfgang delivers some rapid-fire pick bass, along with furious runs, over a slow-build drum beat. It sounds pretty damn promising to our ears.

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Wolfgang recorded all bass, guitar, drums and vocals on the record, produced by longtime Alter Bridge collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette.

The record was finished this time two years ago, according to the producer (opens in new tab), although the coronavirus pandemic significantly set back plans for the album’s release (opens in new tab).

Proud father Eddie has described the music as “"like AC/DC meets Van Halen meets aggressive pop. The riffs are catchy. 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.”

Earlier this year, the 29-year-old inked a deal with Explorer1 MusicGroup (opens in new tab) - so hopefully we don’t have too long to wait.

We’re less likely, however, to see anything from Van Halen any time soon, with flamboyant frontman David Lee Roth labelling the iconic hard-rock outfit “finished” at the end of 2019.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).