Wolfgang Van Halen Previews Debut Album 'Mammoth WVH'

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February 11, 2021 at 10:25 am Quote #63603

ron
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http://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/wolfgang-van-halen-album-mammoth-wvh-1126652/

Wolfgang Van Halen Previews Debut Album ‘Mammoth WVH’

Wolfgang Van Halen breaks down some tracks from his upcoming debut, eight years in the making
By Brian Hiatt
February 11, 2021 9:03AM ET


Travis Shinn*

Back in 2013 — fresh from playing bass on what would turn out to be one of Van Halen’s final tours — Wolfgang Van Halen turned his attention to his own music, demoing a song he called “Mammoth,” a nod to one of the early names of his father’s band. “It was the first time I felt like, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to do this,’” Van Halen recalls.

Seven years later, that song is finally coming out on the self-titled debut from Mammoth WVH, his one-man-band. It drops on June 11th.

The album will include 13 tracks, plus a bonus song, “Distance,” the first Mammoth WVH release, which saw viral success late last year with a moving video filled with home-movie footage of Wolfgang’s late dad, Eddie Van Halen. The younger Van Halen played every instrument on the album, creating a highly convincing full-band sound, but put together a touring line-up for live shows, which will debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday.

“I just get in there and play,” Van Halen says. “What my dad always said is the reason the rhythm section is so tight is, it’s me. Normally with a great rhythm section, they’re really tight because they know exactly what each other are doing. When it comes to drums, and bass, I know exactly what I did with each part so I can kind of react with it, and it goes hand in hand.”

The album opens with a track called “Mr. Ed,” another nod to Wolfgang’s dad. “That was just the demo title,” Wolfgang says, “because I open it with a harmonic tap and I tap in the solo, and it reminded me of dad, so I jokingly called it that.”

The album’s poppiest track, “Think It Over,” which draws on Wolfgang’s fondness for Jimmy Eat World, was Eddie Van Halen’s favorite. “It’s just a straight-up pop-rock song,” Van Halen says. “But dad just loved the energy of the song. It made him happy.”

Another standout, “Don’t Back Down,” has a heavy, glam-tinged, stadium-rock groove that lands somewhere between Gary Glitter and a now-unmentionable artist’s “Beautiful People,” but Van Halen originally had a specific influence in mind: “The demo title for that one was ‘Sabbath.’ The whole vibe of the song was just ‘sports arena.’ Just hands in the air fucking yelling for your team, going nuts.”

For the most part, Van Halen emphasized the songs, not his multi-instrumental prowess, but he lets loose on one track, “Feel.” “There’s kind of a drum solo-y thing on there, and the bass goes pretty crazy,” he says.

On that track and a couple of others, Van Halen played one of the most valuable guitars in the world: his father’s original, self-modified Frankenstein. “My dad was there when we took it out,” he says. “That guitar is obviously priceless. Ed picks it up and starts playing it, says ‘It feels about what I remember.’ And he kind of tossed it onto the couch. And all of us in the room were like, ‘Ooooh.’ To him, it’s just like this piece of trash he put together for a couple of hundred bucks, but to everyone else, it’s the most iconic guitar in the history of music. So to see him do that was such a funny thing.”

Mammoth WVH Tracklist

1. Mr. Ed
2. Horribly Right
3. Epiphany
4. Don’t Back Down
5. Resolve
6. You’ll Be the One
7. Mammoth
8. Circles
9. The Big Picture
10. Think It Over
11. You’re To Blame
12. Feel
13. Stone
14. Distance (Bonus Track)


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February 11, 2021 at 10:46 am Quote #63604

Dutchie
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Signed copies of the cd and vinyl are now available to preorder at his website…

https://wolfgangvanhalen.shop.musictoday.com/store


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February 11, 2021 at 11:01 am Quote #63605

ron
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Dutchie: Signed copies of the cd and vinyl are now available to preorder at his website…
https://wolfgangvanhalen.shop.musictoday.com/store


Looks like plenty of options:
-Digital
-CD
-Signed CD
-Black Vinyl
-Clear Vinyl
-Signed Clear Vinyl
-Black Ice Translucent Vinyl


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February 11, 2021 at 1:19 pm Quote #63609

Vince G.
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I wish he’d put together a package deal of some sort instead of having to buy everything separately.


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February 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm Quote #63610

PT5150
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Cool stuff , ordered the signed CD.


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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February 12, 2021 at 5:28 pm Quote #63622

ron
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Dutchie: Signed copies of the cd and vinyl are now available to preorder at his website…

https://wolfgangvanhalen.shop.musictoday.com/store


You can get the clear/signed copy for $32 bucks at the official store, or pay $150 for a copy via eBay!
https://www.ebay.com/itm/303882397317


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February 12, 2021 at 5:59 pm Quote #63623

vhrob
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so amazing… Cant wait :)

Rob


vhtrading member since 2000


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February 12, 2021 at 7:41 pm Quote #63624

kaloway
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ron: You can get the clear/signed copy for $32 bucks at the official store, or pay $150 for a copy via eBay! https://www.ebay.com/itm/303882397317

Available in March…………..


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February 12, 2021 at 8:20 pm Quote #63626

PT5150
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kaloway: Available in March…………..

WOW 8-O


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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February 12, 2021 at 9:34 pm Quote #63627

voodoo
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I just pre-ordered the black vinyl, clear vinyl, CD and t-shirt. The order added the digital downloads for Distance and You’re to Blame and a signed LP insert.


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February 13, 2021 at 3:33 am Quote #63630

Dutchie
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ron: You can get the clear/signed copy for $32 bucks at the official store, or pay $150 for a copy via eBay! https://www.ebay.com/itm/303882397317

Wow!! What a greedy prick.


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February 14, 2021 at 1:04 pm Quote #63637

Vince G.
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Pre-ordered mine but I never received a download link for the 2 songs.


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February 14, 2021 at 1:27 pm Quote #63638

ron
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Vince G.: Pre-ordered mine but I never received a download link for the 2 songs.


In your E-Mailed order confirmation, there is a link to check the status of your order.
When you go to that page, and put in the E-Mail address you used to place the order, you get a page with a section for Downloads where you can download a ZIP file of the songs.


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February 14, 2021 at 1:50 pm Quote #63639

Vince G.
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ron: In your E-Mailed order confirmation, there is a link to check the status of your order. When you go to that page, and put in the E-Mail address you used to place the order, you get a page with a section for Downloads where you can download a ZIP file of the songs.

I found the link, but when I attempted to download those songs, I received a message stating “You have no files pending download”.

I then tried to load the files via the zip file link, and received a message stating that my download limit had reached its limit.


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February 17, 2021 at 11:16 pm Quote #63678

ron
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I reached out to the support team, and they fixed it for me, so give it another try, and if it still doesn’t work, try contacting support.


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