DEF LEPPARD RELEASE LIMITED EDITION BOX “DEF LEPPARD-VOLUME THREE” OUT TODAY (JUNE 11TH)

Today (June 11th), legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® inductees Def Leppard will release Def Leppard – Volume Three, a new limited edition box set UMe/Virgin. In conjunction with the release, band member’s Joe Elliott, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell will host a live chat event on  Twitter Spaces with Matt Pinfield [email protected] 10am PT.
This set marks the third of four volumes of the band’s complete recorded output in both 180gm vinyl and limited-edition CD box sets. They contain all the recordings from the band in the 2000’s and features the original packaging on both formats. To date, X, Yeah! and Songs from the Sparkle Lounge have never been available on vinyl before.
The albums were mastered by Ronan McHugh and Joe Elliott at Joe’s Garage with assistance from Andy Pearce and cut by Greg Moore. Housed in rigid boxes the sets also contain a hard-backed book with rare photos by Ross Halfin and notes by Classic Rock Magazine’s Paul Elliott. Band members Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell have also contributed to the set.
Def Leppard – Volume Three features 2002’s X, which was the groups sixth consecutive Top 20 record on the Billboard 200 chart and features songs such as Now, Four Letter Word and Long Long Way to Go, 2006’s Yeah!, the band’s first covers album featuring a collection of the groups favorite tracks re-recorded with the iconic Leppard sound, this is the first time this album will be available on vinyl. Also Def Leppard’s tenth studio album Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, released in 2008 the record marked the bands return to their signature sound and hitting the Top 10 both sides of the Atlantic, the album included the hit single Nine Lives which featured GRAMMY® Award winning country legend Tim McGraw.
Also included are B-Sides, Yeah! Studio Covers and Yeah! Live. These albums have specially been compiled by Joe Elliott for this limited-edition release. B-Sides contains a rare compilation of B-sides that have never appeared on vinyl before. Yeah! Studio Covers includes some never before released on vinyl covers, Yeah! bonus disc exclusive release tracks and a compilation of the various covers recorded by the band over their career. Yeah! Live is a compilation of live recordings of covers by the band which include both tracks from 2006’s Yeah!, as well as previously unreleased live tracks from the past 30 years.
6-CD Box Set:

X:
1. Now 
2. Unbelievable 
3. You’re So Beautiful
4. Everyday 
5. Long, Long Way to Go
6. Four Letter Word
7. Torn to Shreds
8. Love Don’t Lie
9. Gravity
10. Cry
11. Girl Like You
12. Let Me Be the One
13. Scar
 
Yeah!:

1. 20TH Century Boy 
2. Rock On 
3. Hanging on the Telephone
4. Waterloo Sunset
5. Hell Raiser
6. 10538 Overture
7. Street Life
8. Drive-In Saturday
9. Little Bit of Love
10. The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll
11. No Matter What
12. He’s Gonna Step on You Again
13. Don’t Believe A Word
14. Stay with Me
 
Songs From The Sparke Lounge:

1. Go 
2. Nine Lives
3. C’mon C’mon
4. Love
5. Tomorrow
6. Cruise Control
7. Hallucinate
8. Only the Good Die Young
9. Bad Actress
10. Come Undone
11. Gotta Let it Go

B-Sides:
1. Now – (Radio Edit) (B-Side – Now)
2. Long Long Way to Go (Radio Edit) (B-Side – Long Way To Go)
3. Kiss the Day (X – Japanese Bonus Track)
4. 10 X Bigger Than Love (B-Side – Long Way to Go) 
5. Love Don’t Lie – B-Side – Now (Demo)
6. Let Me Be the One – B-Side – Now (Demo) 
7. Gimmie A Job – B-Side – Long Long Way to Go
8. Now – B-Side – Long Long Way to Go (Live Acoustic Version)
9. Long Long Way to Go – Limited Edition Bonus Track (Stripped Version)
10. Nine Lives – Joe Only Vocal Version 
11. Perfect Girl – Website Exclusive (Phil Collen Demo)
12. Love – Piano Version
 
Yeah! Studio Covers:

1. Only After Dark – B-Side – Let’s Get Rocked
2. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – B-Side – Have You Needed Someone So Bad
3. Little Wing – B-Side – Have You Needed Someone So Bad
4. Ziggy Stardust – B-Side – Slang
5. Under My Wheels – B-Side – Goodbye
6. Who Do You Love? – B-Side – Goodbye
7. Rebel Rebel – B-Side – Now
8. Led Boots – B-Side – All I Want is Everything
9. Cause We Ended as Lovers – B-Side – All I Want is Everything
10. Search and Destroy – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
11. How Does it Feel – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive (iTunes Exclusive)
12. Roxanne – Phil’s Demo (Previously Unreleased)
13. Dear Friends – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
14. Winter Song – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
15. American Girl – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
16. Heartbeat – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
17. Space Oddity – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
18. When I’m Dead and Gone – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
19. Stay With Me – B-Side Now
      
Yeah! Live:

1. Elected – B-Side Heaven Is
2. Action – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
3. No Matter What – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
4. Rock On – Live 2006
5. Travellin’ Band – Radio Edit (Previously Unreleased)
6. Now I’m Here – B-Side Tonight
7. 20th Century Boy – 2005 VH1 Rock Awards (Previously Unreleased)
8. All The Young Dudes – Once Bitten Twice Shy Exclusive Track 

9-LP Box Set:

Disc One – X :

Side One:

1. Now
2. Unbelievable
3. You’re So Beautiful
4. Everyday
5. Long Long Way to Go
6. Four Letter Word
7. Torn to Shreds 

Side Two:

6. Love Don’t Lie
7. Gravity
8. Cry
9. Girl Like You
10. Let Me Be the One
11. Scar

 DISC Two & Three – YEAH! :

Side One:

1. 20th Century Boy
2. Rock On
3. Hanging on The Telephone
4. Waterloo Sunset 

Side Two:

1. Hell Raiser
2. 10538 Overture
3. Street Life
4. Drive-In Saturday 

Side Three:

1. Little Bit of Love
2. The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll
3. No Matter What 

Side Four:

1. He’s Gonna Step on You Again
2. Don’t Believe A Word
3. Stay with Me

Disc Four – Songs From The Sparke Lounge:

Side One:

1. Go
2. Nine Lives
3. C’mon C’mon
4. Love
5. Tomorrow 

Side Two:

1. Cruise Control
2. Hallucinate
3. Only the Good Die Young
4. Bad Actress
5. Come Undone
6.  Gotta Let It Go  
                                                                           
Disc Five & Six – B-Sides:  

Side One:

1. Now – (Radio Edit) (B-Side – Now)
2. Long Long Way to Go (Radio Edit) (B-Side – Long Way To Go)
3. Kiss the Day – (X – Japanese Bonus Track) 

Side Two:

4. 10 X Bigger Than Love (B-Side – Long Way to Go )
5. Love Don’t Lie – B-Side Now (Demo)
6. Let Me Be the One – B-Side Now (Demo) 

Side Three:

7. Gimme A Job – B-Side – Long Long Way to Go
8. Now – B-Side – Long Long Way to Go (Live Acoustic Version)
9. Long Long Way to Go – Limited Edition Bonus Track (Stripped Version) 

Side Four:

10. Nine Lives – Joe Only Vocal Version
11. Perfect Girl – Website Exclusive (Phil Collen Demo)
12. Love – Piano Version

Disc Seven & Eight – Yeah! Studio Covers: 

Side One:

1. Only After Dark – B-Side – Let’s Get Rocked
2. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – B-Side Have You Needed Someone So Bad
3. Little Wing – B-Side Have You Needed Someone So Bad
4. Ziggy Stardust – B-Side – Slang 

Side Two:

5. Under My Wheels – B-Side – Goodbye
6. Who Do You Love? – B-Side – Goodbye
7. Rebel Rebel – B-Side – Now
8. Led Boots – B-Side – All I Want is Everything
9. Cause We Ended as Lovers – B-Side – All I Want is Everything 

Side Three:

10. Search and Destroy – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
11. How Does It Feel – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive (iTunes Exclusive)
12. Roxanne – Phil’s Demo (Previously Unreleased)
13. Dear Friends – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
14. Winter Song – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive

Side Four:

15. American Girl – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
16. Heartbeat – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
17. Space Oddity – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
18. When I’m Dead and Gone – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
19. Stay with Me – B-Side Now
 
Disc Nine – Yeah! Live:

Side One:

1. Elected – B-Side Heaven Is
2. Action – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
3. No Matter What – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
4. Rock On – Live 2006  

Side Two: 

5. Travellin’ Band – Radio Edit (Previously Unreleased)
6. Now I’m Here – B-Side Tonight
7. 20th Century Boy – 2005 VH I Rock Awards (Previously Unreleased)
8. All the Young Dudes – Once Bitten Twice Shy Exclusive Track


LP Box Set:

Set One: X LP
Set Two: Yeah! (2-LP)LP
Set Three: Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Set Four: B-Sides (2-LP)
Set Five: Yeah! Studio Covers (2-LP)
Set Six: Yeah! Live 

CD BOX SET: 

Disc One: X
Disc Two: Yeah!
Disc Three: Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Disc Four: B-Sides
Disc Five: Yeah! Studio Covers
Disc Six: Yeah! Live
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MAMMOTH WVH RELEASES LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE “DON’T BACK DOWN,” ALBUM AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE NOW; WOLFGANG VAN HALEN’S “TOP OF THE PACK” SIRIUS/XM SHOW DEBUTS THIS MONTH ON THE CLASSIC REWIND CHANNEL

MAMMOTH WVH RELEASES LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE “DON’T BACK DOWN” – ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE
The day has finally come as the self-titled debut by Mammoth WVH is now available worldwide via EX1 Records/ Explorer1 Music Group. The record – from its creative mastermind Wolfgang Van Halen – showcases the incredible musicianship and songwriting of Wolfgang as he plays every instrument and sings every vocal on the record. Fans have been able to experience the direction of the album through the six previously released tracks: Distance, You’re To Blame, Don’t Back Down, Think It Over, Feel and Mammoth. The band just released a live video of the current Top 15 Rock single Don’t Back Down that showcases the live band Wolfgang has assembled to bring the debut album to life. Supporting Wolfgang – who will handle guitar and vocals live – is guitarists Frank Sidoris and Jon Jourdan, bassist Ronnie Ficarro and drummer Garrett Whitlock. The live performance can be seen  below. Mammoth WVH is now available via all physical and digital retailers or via the band’s online store here: found.ee/MammothWVH.
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As touring around the globe is recovering, it was recently announced that Mammoth WVH will be making their live concert debut opening for the North American leg of Guns N’ Roses on the We’re F’n Back Tour. The tour begins July 31st in Hershey, PA and will run through October 3rd where it ends in Hollywood, FL. Mammoth WVH will also be making select touring appearances in Texas, Minnesota, Kentucky, and California with tickets for all shows now available. All touring info can be found at: mammothwvh.com
Writing all the songs and performing all the instrumentation and vocals for the debut albumWolfgang Van Halen set out to establish his own musical identity. From the rocking opening guitar riff on album opener Mr. Ed to the driving bass and drums on album closer Stone, Mammoth WVH showcases the various musical influences that have inspired Wolfgang. Songs like Resolve, The Big Picture and Think It Over are all sonically different from each other but unique to what Mammoth WVH is. Mammoth WVH made their television performance debuts of the first single Distance last month as an electric performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and an exclusive acoustic arrangement on  NBC News TODAY
It was also recently announced that Wolfgang Van Halen would host his own radio show for SiriusXM’s Classic Rewind (Channel 25). Wolfgang Van Halen’s Top Of The Pack is a monthly salute to Classic Rock’s biggest and best. Wolf will play and talk about his most-admired Classic Rock songs, album and artists, often presented thematically.  More info on the show can be found here.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to host my own radio show on Classic Rewind (Channel 25) for SiriusXM. The Top Of The Pack is something that I want to be fun for the listener. It gives me an opportunity to share some classic rock favorites that we all love as well as some unexpected surprises and even a few personal favorites from all eras. It is a huge honor to have this time to share with the listeners and I hope they enjoy it as much as I do.”
Debut: Friday, June 11th at 5pm ET
Rebroadcasts: 6/11 at 8pm ET 6/12 at 9am ET & 9pm ET 6/13 at Noon ET 6/14 at 6pm ET 6/15 at 11am ET
*available anytime on the SXM App
Connect with Mammoth WVH at: mammothwvh.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.
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“MONSTERS ON THE MOUNTAIN” INAUGURAL FESTIVAL, HOSTED BY EDDIE TRUNK, AND FEATURING, TESLA, VINCE NEIL, WINGER, KIX, SLAUGHTER, ELECTRIC FREEDOM, NIGHT RANGER, PAT TRAVERS AND MORE, SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 15TH-17TH IN TENNESSEE; TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The inaugural Monsters on the Mountain (MOTM), a three-day hard rock music experience brought to you by the creators of the pioneering Monsters of Rock Cruise, has been announced for this October 15th-17th at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge in Tennessee’s beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.
This immersive fan and artist celebration will be the first Monsters event in almost two years, so attendees will definitely be celebrating MOTM’s theme, You Can Still Rock In America!, as they witness performances from over 20 rock acts, plus an array of interactive events and activities. All ticket holders will not only receive complimentary parking and unlimited access to the performances, but also access to the Rock N’ Roll Vendor MarketRock N’ Roll Art Gallery, and The Ultimate Tailgate Party, with more to be announced.
The public on-sale kicks off today (6/11) at 12 Noon ET, with three-day packages starting at $265.00 per person (plus ticketing fees and taxes) and individual day tickets also being available. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit MonstersOnTheMountain.com and follow Monsters of Rock Cruise on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates as well.
The line-up for the inaugural Monsters on the Mountain features: Tesla, Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Night Ranger, Winger, Kix, Slaughter, Firehouse, Eclipse, Pat Travers, Bulletboys, Vixen, Kingdom Come, Electric Freedom (formerly Lynch Mob), Rhino Bucket, Liliac, Native Sons, Gilby Clark, John Corabi, Anthony Corder, Mark Evans, Randy Hansen, and Jeff Scott Soto & Jason Bieler, plus a surprise or two to be announced. Serving as official event hosts are Eddie Trunk (VH1, SiriusXM) and comedians Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine (former hosts of VH1 Classic’s hit TV show, That Metal Show). Plus, SiriusXM’s Boneyard and Hair Nation are certain to keep the party going.
Located along the banks of the Little Pigeon River, the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge is the perfect setting for the inaugural Monsters on the Mountain. The architecture and design of the venue exudes a mountain lodge ambiance that amplifies the serenity of the Great Smoky Mountains. When the design and planning for this impressive event and concert venue began, the name was chosen as a tribute to the building’s spectacular view of Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For 60 years, visitors have been returning year-round to Pigeon Forge, TN, as the little mountain town and family-friendly vacation destination is filled with fun activities ─ from thrilling attractions and award-winning shows, to countless options for dining, shopping and lodging.
With a myriad of events, activities, and music to keep fans entertained day and night, Monsters on the Mountain promises to be the biggest event of 2021 for hard rock music enthusiasts.
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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY ANNOUNCE FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OBITUARY AND PRONG

Black Label Society will embark on a U.S. tour this fall. Support on the trek will come from Obituary and Prong. Tickets go on sale on June 11th.

The dates are as follows:

Oct. 1 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades 
Oct. 2 – Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theater 
Oct. 4 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory [Boise] 
Oct. 5 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory [Spokane] 
Oct. 7 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo 
Oct. 8 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater 
Oct. 12 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom 
Oct. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre 
Oct. 15 – Bowler, WI – North Star Mohican Casino Resort 
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave / Eagles Club 
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago 
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis 
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 
Oct. 21 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi 
Oct. 22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre 
Oct. 23 – Dothan, AL – The Plant 
Oct. 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando 
Oct. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live 
Oct. 28 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall 
Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel 
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s 
Oct. 31 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works 
Nov. 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall 
Nov. 4 – Worcester, MA – Worcester Palladium 
Nov. 5 – Albany, NY – Empire Live 
Nov. 6 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater 
Nov. 7 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza 
Nov. 9 – Hartford, CT – The Webster 
Nov. 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater 
Nov. 11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory 
Nov. 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casinos – Sault Ste. Marie 
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit 
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland 
Nov. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s 
Nov. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 
Nov. 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre 
Nov. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – The Texas Trust CU Theatre 
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live 
Nov. 23 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre/Tucson, Arizona 
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Las Vegas 
Nov. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Denver 
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

On April 28th the band released their box set None More Black, read more details about this special release, here.

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AC/DC RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “WITCH’S SPELL”

AC/DC have released the official video for the song Witch’s Spell, from their latest album Power Up, which was released on November 13th, 2020. Watch the clip below.

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Power Up was a number one album in 18 countries, including in the U.S.A., where it sold over 117,000 copies in the first week.  It was also the fastest-selling album of 2020 in at least three of its biggest markets — U.S.A., Australia and the U.K— where it debuted at number one.

AC/DC’s current lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd(drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar) 

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WOLFGANG VAN HALEN DISCUSSES SONGS ON HIS FORTHCOMING DEBUT ALBUM, WRITING ON VAN HALEN’S “A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH AND WHAT HE THINKS IS THE DEFINITIVE VAN HALEN SONG, HINT THERE IS TWO

Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with Wolfgang Van Halen, highlights from the interview appear below.

Greg Prato (Songfacts): First off, that’s a heck of an album cover [for Manmmoth VH’s debut recording (see below)]! What’s the story behind it? 

Wolfgang Van Halen: It’s a piece of art I’ve been a fan of for a very long time from this artist named John Brosio. I’ve been a huge fan of it for, gosh, about seven or eight years now. I think he made it in 2006 or 2007. I just love the way it represents the word “mammoth.” When I think about the word, the animal is the last thing I think of. I think it really encapsulates the word in a really fun and creative way.

Songfacts: What made you decide to record all the instruments yourself for your debut album?

Wolfgang: Since I could, I just wanted to have a go at it, like Dave Grohl did for the first Foo Fighters album. A personal challenge, I guess.

Songfacts: How would you compare writing and recording the material yourself to your experience with Van Halen’s [2012 album] A Different Kind Of Truth?

Wolfgang: It’s a really fun and freeing experience to just be on your own and just fully go for it. With the Van Halen album, there was a lot riding on it – just in terms of how long the last album had come out and just the band’s history. There was a lot more pressure. With this, the creative experience was very freeing, and it was fun to just follow what I wanted to hear.

Songfacts: Did you have any trepidation going into the recording as the lead singer? 

Wolfgang: Yes, I did. It took my producer, Elvis Baskette… “convincing” isn’t the right word, but he gave me the confidence to really be able to pull it off. I know I wanted to and I wanted to try, I just didn’t know if I could do it. But it took him to really give me the confidence.

Songfacts: Let’s discuss the lyrical meaning behind several of your tunes…Don’t Back Down?

Wolfgang: Don’t Back Down, the demo title was Saltbath, which was just a joking mess-up of the word “Sabbath.” It has that kind of shuffle-y, Black Sabbath vibe. It’s a fight song when you want your team to decimate the other team.

Songfacts: Feel?

Wolfgang: Feel is lyrically rooted in my anxiety, where I always feel like something’s wrong, or that I’m doing something wrong and that everything is my fault. Just constant anxiety stuff.

But the track itself was really fun, because the bridge was a really fun moment to record. There’s this guitar solo thing while the bass is going nuts underneath into a drum solo. It was a really fun one to record.

Songfacts: Would you say anxiety and depression is something that you struggle with?

Wolfgang: Absolutely.

Songfacts: It seems like more people today are being diagnosed with anxiety, perhaps because doctors can diagnose it better than in the past.

Wolfgang: I think back in the day, it was like, “Why are you sad? Cheer up!” And it’s more a chemical thing than a “Why don’t you smile more?” kind of thing. I think it was looked on more as a joke back in the day, and now it’s being taken more seriously, as it should.

Songfacts: Do you think that your father suffered from that, too?

Wolfgang: Anxiety? Absolutely. It’s one of the main reasons why I’m such an anxious person. And it’s why he drank.

Songfacts: Did your father get the chance to listen to all the Mammoth material, and if so, which songs did he enjoy most? 

Wolfgang: Yes, Think It Over was his favorite, but he was so proud and happy with all of it. He was the only other person – other than me – to have all the ideas and everything on his phone. He had what would be the album, and then he had about 10 more other ideas that are pretty fleshed out but hit the cutting room floor during the recording process. Those will probably show up on an album in the future.

Songfacts: On A Different Kind Of Truth, which songs did you have the most hand in writing?

Wolfgang: Stay Frosty was an idea Dave brought in that was completely original and not stemming from an older demo, but in terms of structure, I was the one that put it together. It was just this little acoustic ditty, and we were like, “Well, what do we do? We’re not sure.” I was the one who actually structured the entire song on how it would go.

And then there were the more fresher ideas like China Town and The Trouble With Never, which I was really able to insert my own flair into and do the tapping intro with the capo on China Town.

But ideas like that, and You And Your Blues. As Is was a fresher idea. The ideas that were stemming from older ideas were things like She’s The Woman, Beats Workin’, Bullethead, Big River, and stuff like that.

Songfacts: Do you remember if there were any leftover songs from the A Different Kind Of Truth sessions?

Wolfgang: There were not. I don’t know where this rumor came out saying that we recorded like, 60 songs. What’s on the album is everything we recorded. I have no idea where that rumor came from.

There was one song we almost did that we wrote in the studio, but it fell apart before we had the chance to do it. It’s so weird – I see Van Halen fans on Twitter go, “I have the inside track… they recorded like, 60 songs!” And it’s like, “No. No. No.”

Songfacts: What do you consider the definitive Van Halen song?

Wolfgang: I think that’s hard to boil down. I look at the Hagar era and the Roth era as two sides of the same coin, but I think they should be equally viewed and appreciated. I think Fair Warning and 1984, those two albums are really great representations of the Roth era, and I really like For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance from the Hagar era. But I guess if I really had to pick iconic songs from each era, I think Dreams from the Hagar era, that’s one of the best things my father ever wrote. And for the Roth era, Unchained is pretty f–kin’ awesome.

Songfacts: Largely due to seeing Mean Street performed on the tours you did with Van Halen, it led me to a whole new appreciation of that song.

Wolfgang: Yeah, I love everything off of Fair Warning. Hear About It Later is one of my favorite songs.

Songfacts: While it seems like the primary focus of what made your father such an iconic guitar player was his soloing, he was such a phenomenal rhythm player.

Wolfgang: Everybody focuses on the tapping and the fast stuff, but his real strength was in his rhythm playing and his songwriting.

Songfacts: What was the most exciting Van Halen song to play live?

Wolfgang: I was really stoked in 2015 when we played Dirty Movies. That, and we played Drop Dead Legs. We opened with Light Up The Sky, and we also played In A Simple Rhyme with the outro ending, called Growth. Being able to play those was… YES! It was so exciting to play stuff like that.

Read more at Songfacts.

Wolgang Van Halen’s debut, self titled Mammoth WVH will be released on June on June 11th via EX1 Records/ Explorer1 Music Group. A pre-order for Mammoth WVH in various configurations – including a recently announced limited orange color vinyl available via the band’s online store – can be found here

Mammoth WVH will be opening for Guns N’ Roses on select tour dates.

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