Add to Calendar20230201 18:0020230201 23:59:00America/New_YorkWDHA Presents Alter Bridge – Pawns & Kings TourDoors open at 6:00 PM. More show details at: https://wellmonttheater.com/shows/alter-bridge-pawns-kings-tour/The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St, Montclair, NJ 07042
First impressions last a lifetime. Wolfgang Van Halen has prepared a lifetime to make his first impression. The songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist worked tirelessly towards the introduction of MAMMOTH [Explorer1], his self-titled 2021 debut album. Playing every instrument and singing each and every note, his music presents a personal and powerful perspective, balancing memorable hooks and tight technicality. As many times as audiences have experienced his talent alongside the likes of Tremonti,Clint Lowery, and of course, Van Halen, they meet Wolf as an individual for the very first time now.
“You only have one chance to make a first impression, and I wanted to do so to the best of my abilities,” he affirms. “Throughout the whole process, I was finding who I am musically and by the end, I got a pretty good handle on a sound I can claim for myself.”
His father often played guitar against his mother’s pregnant belly, and Wolf absorbed those vibrations from the womb. At the age of 10, his Pop gave him a drum kit for his birthday. To this day, Wolf considers himself “a drummer before anything else.” As he developed as a musician, he learned how to play guitar in order to perform “316” —which his father penned for him —at a 6th-grade talent show.
It may come as a surprise, but outside of his father teaching him one drumbeat from an AC/DC song, Wolfgang taught himself every instrument. “My dad wasn’t the best teacher,” he laughs. “I would ask him to play something, and then he would just proceed to be Eddie Van Halen. He would look at me and say, ‘Do that.’ to which I would laugh and sarcastically reply, ‘Sure thing, no problem.’”
In the summer of 2006 when he was 15 years old, Wolf grabbed a bass and began noodling. While at the legendary 5150 Studios, his impromptu woodshedding inspired Eddie and Uncle Alex. Endless family jam sessions followed. By summer’s end, Wolfgang phoned David Lee Roth’s manager and by winter Roth showed up for rehearsal. They rocked “On Fire,” and “That’s how the 2007 tour began,” says Wolf.
Not only did Wolf canvas the world with Van Halen while in high school, but he also held down the low end on 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth—which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200. When not on tour with Van Halen, he cut bass for Tremonti’s critically acclaimed Cauterize  and Dust  in addition to joining the band on the road. In 2019, Wolf handled drums and also played bass on half of the 10 songs for Clint Lowery’s solo debut, God Bless The Renegades.
In the midst of all this, at the beginning of 2015, Wolf broke ground on what would become MAMMOTH with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Alter Bridge, Slash] behind the board. Wolf began to embrace his voice, inspired by everyone from his father, to bands like AC/DC,Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, and Jimmy Eat World. “I’ve been singing my whole life, but it wasn’t until MAMMOTH that I really found my voice. Elvis was great, and he helped me gain the confidence to become a lead vocalist.”“The name Mammoth is really special to me.” says Wolf. “Not only was it the name of Van Halen before it became Van Halen, but my father was also the lead singer. Ever since my dad told me this, I always thought that when I grew up, I’d call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much. I’m so thankful that my father was able to listen to, and enjoy the music I made. I’m really proud of the work I’ve done and nothing made me happier than seeing how proud he was that I was continuing the family legacy.”
Since bursting on the scene with the breakout single “Breathe IntoMe” and album “End of Silence” (2006), both certified gold, Grammy nominated band RED have built a career on more than music.Blending Nu-metal and Alternative hard rock with elements of classical and orchestral, the RED sound begs for a visual representation of matching scope, something the band never fails to deliver.The result is an intense emotional connection with a global audience.In their career, the band has headlined, co-headlined, and appeared on many major festivals sharing stages with Breaking Benjamin, Staind, Nine Inch Nails, 3 Doors Down, Seether, Papa Roach, Chevelle, Sevendust, Creed, and more.The band’s career achievements include over 2 million albums sold and numerous top 10 radio singles. The band released their most recent album, “Declaration”, in April of 2020 and plan to release new music and tour extensively in 2022.www.thebandred.com
About WDHA Presents Alter Bridge – Pawns & Kings Tour
Presented by 105.5 WDHA FM – The Rock of New Jersey
Balance derives from extremes. The parity of timeless songcraft, skyscraping vocals, masterful technicality, and sheer determination quietly established Alter Bridge as a universal force in hard rock around the world. Certified Top 5 debut, One Day Remains, to critical and fan adoration highlighted by countless sold out shows, over 1.5 million albums sold, and in excess of 100 million streams to date. Within its title track, 2007’s Blackbird housed what Guitarist Magazine voted “Greatest Guitar Solo of All Time.” Three years later, the band achieved its first #1 on “Isolation” from AB III. 2013 saw Fortress attract unparalleled acclaim with perfect scores from Total Guitar and KERRANG! and raves courtesy of Billboard, The Guardian, Loudwire, and Ultimate Guitar. The musicians also covered Classic Rock Magazine who exalted Fortress as “The best thing they’ve ever done.” Tastemaker Eddie Trunk also boldly proclaimed it, “A top 10 album of the last 10 years.” In 2016, The Last Hero bowed at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 as the band went on to sell out a pair of 2017 shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra. Not to mention, they filled the O2 Arena and set stages ablaze everywhere from Download to Red Rocks.
The bands latest album Kings & Pawns drops 10/14/2022.