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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Van Halen: "The whole Van Halen Record Has Been Recorded And We're All Excited," Says Producer Ross Hogarth
Producer/engineerRoss Hogarthrecently spoke toUltimate-Guitar.comabout his work on the newVan Halenalbum, the band's first release with singerDavid Lee Rothsince 1984. The group has been in the studio recording since January, following its massively successful 2007/2008 reunion world tour withRothback on the mic. "The wholeVan Halen record has been recorded and we're all excited," Hogarthsaid. "We have just started mixing the record. I'm really stoked about it, as it is the original band,Eddie (Van Halen, guitar) andAlex (Van Halen, drums) withWolf (Eddie's son) playing bass, andDavid Lee Rothsinging, it's the killing side ofVan Halen at the top of their game again withDiamond Dave, and the band on fire." Alter BridgeguitaristMark Tremontirecently gave up some more details about the newVan Halen record, which he had a chance to hear recently while in Los Angeles. As previously reported,Tremonti's friendship withEddie Van Halen's sonWolfganggot him intoEddie's home studio for a chance to hear the disc. Tremontitold a Colorado radio station, "What makes it so great is that they took what they could from all their old demos back in the '80s and pretty much did what they could to create songs out of old ideas, so it sounds like vintageVan Halen." Tremontiadded, "I didn't hear any vocals -Davidwas not there. It was just the three of them and the music sounded like very authentic, old-schoolVan Halen. It was a just a crazy experience to sit there and watch. Eddiewas four feet from me, andWolfiewas on the other side. The guys were very excited to be doing what they're doing." Van Halen's long-awaited new studio album is due out this fall. The group is confirmed to perform at Australia'sSoundwave Revolutionfestival this September and October and is expected to launch a full world tour in support of the new album.