WOLFGANG VAN HALEN’S SOLO BAND MAMMOTH WVH ADDED TO “AFTERSHOCK” FESTIVAL
Wolfgang Van Halen has announced the first concert of his solo band, Mammoth WVH. The quartet, which features Wolfgang on guitar and lead vocals, Frank Sidoris (Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators) on guitar, Garrett Whitlock (Tremonti) on drums, and Ronnie Ficarro on bass, will perform at next year’s edition of the Aftershock festival. Mammoth WVH. will play the final night of the event, which is scheduled to take place October 7th-10th, 2021 in Sacramento, California.
Wolfgang tweeted the news of his band’s participation: writing, “See you at @AFTERSHOCKSAC with @MammothWVH in 2021!”
Also scheduled to appear at Aftershock are Metallica, Anthrax, Steel Panther, and many more, get more information here.
Wolfgang played every instrument and sang each and every note on the debut album from Mammoth WVH, which is scheduled for release in the spring of 2021 through Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records. The first single, Distance, was released on November 16th and can be heard here. He wrote the song while his late father, legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, battled cancer.
Last week, he confirmed that he asked his father for permission to use the moniker Mammoth with his own initials for his solo project. which is a homage to Eddie and Alex Van Halen, whose band was called Mammoth when singer David Lee Roth first joined it in 1974.
“Yeah, I was a little nervous to ask him, but I wanted his permission,” Wolfgang admitted in a new interview with Elliot In The Morning. “Not that I needed it, but I wanted it. And I kind of asked him. I was, like, ‘Hey, pop, is that cool if I use Mammoth?’ He was, like, ‘Absolutely. That’s awesome.’ He was super stoked about it. ‘Why would you be worried about asking me?’ [But] I’m a naturally anxious person, so I don’t know why [I just felt like I wanted to ask him]. That’s just kind of how I felt.”
When asked if the rest of Mammoth WVH’s CD will be musically similar to Distance, Wolfgang told Elliot In The Morning, “Well, Distance, within itself, is kind of a standalone single; it’s not actually gonna be on the album. I wanted this to kind of be a separate release just for dad. But next year, when the album comes out, I think a lot of people will see that while Distance might be an outlier in terms of the core sound, that flavor can definitely be heard. But I think what’s fun about about the album is there’s kind of something for everybody on it; there’s all different kinds of sounds. But it’s not haphazard in its diverseness of different songs; it’s kind of all collective and it feels right. I guess everyone will just have to see when the album is out.”
I really love “Distance,” I just hope Wolfie doesn’t do any of that rap/rock shit on the new album like that horrible Rage Against The Machine, that would REALLY SUCK!
Agreed. I remember hearing Wolf telling Eddie Trunk that he was a Tool fan and that’s how his dad wound up at that concert last year. Hoping Mammoth WVH carries just a little bit of that flavor more so than RATM .
Whatever, it is Wolf’s path. I can only listen and decide whether I like it or not.
No love for RATM here? I dig them. Especially the first 2 albums. Tom Morello makes his guitar do some really cool things plus he’s a KISS fan.
I really like the song, “Distance.” I too hope the album sticks to this sound: Mark Tremonti’s influence is all over this song, nice!