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Van Halen Close To Finishing New Album, Playing It For Dudes In Terrible Bands

According to a bevy of metal websites, Van Halen are close to wrapping up sessions for their upcoming comeback album featuring David Lee Roth and Wolfgang Van Halen, and they are testing it out on people that don't really deserve to get the listen early: Dudes from post-grunge bands. Apparently a dude from Sevendust told a message board guy he's heard it, but the most egregious early listener is Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, who said this about the album:

What makes it so great is that they took what they could from all their old demos back in the ’80′s 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 [early '80's] era. I didn’t hear any vocals – David was not there. It was just the three of them and the music sounded like very authentic, old school Van Halen. It was a just a crazy experience to sit there and watch. Eddie was four feet from me, and Wolfie was on the other side. The guys were very excited to be doing what they’re doing.

I guess the dude from Creed is probably the target market for a new Van Halen album, but still: That the guy who played the axe on "Arms Wide Open" is afforded opportunities to hear new Van Halen tracks before anyone else should make you boil. [Metal Insider

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Hilarious. I'm expecting to hear "Nickelback bass player raves about new VH album" soon

mr. mike


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This writer is incredibly naive. I bet Eddie would even admit that Mark Tremonti is probably the best rock guitarist in the world today under 40 years old. Mark can shred with the best of for Eddie of course :)


Tremonti is good as is EVH. Satriani is still tops in my books.


CN & guys are high right?


"My Own Prison" opening riff and "Mean Street" intro. I hear very little difference in talent and ability. You would think it's the same dude if you didn't know any better.

Mr. Mike

I dunno ... I don't think Eddie Van Halen is that good anyway.

Michael Anthony

I agree JJT, Satriani is a great guitarist but last I checked EVH did his stuff before most and he is the standard for rock guitarists. Everybody has taken all his stuff and redone it many times over. And Tremonti........?????? R u kidding me ???!!!


Interesting article coming from a guy who lists Jay Z and Coolio as favorite artists! VH has never sucked up to "popular" junk-- in their hay day, most of them were VH copycats anyway. Hey Andrew, who should Eddie let into 5150 to hear the new music, Lady Gaga? Stick to writing about crappy pop music not legends like EVH.

Ed Lief

Have you heard Alter Bridge you Lame Brain. Please quit and go to work for Spin. Mark Tremonti is a friend of Wolfgangs and has known Eddie since the 90's. Eddie gave him a guitar when they were opening for Van halen. Tremonti is also a world known guitarist.


Satriani and tremonti are two of the most boring guitar players I've ever heard.
I doubt if Tremonti heard anything that will actually be on the album.What did he hear a jam session?Who cares what he thinks to be honest.


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