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Alter Bridge and Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti kicked off his first full solo tour on Thursday night (September 20th) in Flint, Michigan as the headliner of the 2012 Harddrive Live Tour, presented by Harddrive Radio. Along on the trek as temporary bassist is Wolfgang Van Halen of the band Van Halen. Wolfgang just joined up with the group last week, but he and Tremonti both said he didn't need long to learn the songs: (Wolfgang) "I already have like religiously listened to the record because it's freakin' amazing, and yeah, I learned most of them on guitar, on my own. I'm a kind of fast learner when it comes to stuff like that, so . . . " (Tremonti, starts off-mic) "He's a very fast learner. He learns faster than anybody I've ever seen. He's amazing."

Van Halen is replacing Tremonti's bandmate from Creed and Alter Bridge, Brian Marshall, who is sitting out the Tremonti trek for undisclosed personal reasons.

Tremonti told Horns Up Rocks! that Wolfgang "had been a bass player that we had considered for the band in the first place, but he was on tour with Van Halen."

Wolfgang Van Halen's dad, Eddie Van Halen, is currently recuperating from emergency intestinal surgery, which will keep the Van Halen band off the road until early 2013.

Tremonti is on the road behind his debut solo album, All I Was, which came out this past July.

(The Pulse of Radio and Harddrive Radio are both productions of United Stations Radio Networks)

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