Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, currently acting as touring bassist for Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti's solo band, has gotten into a beef with boy band One Direction. According to Ultimate Guitar, Van Halen called out the group on Twitter after a run-in with them at a hotel in Birmingham, England, where Tremonti is on tour at the moment.
Van Halen wrote, "Fun fact: Was just insulted by that sh**ty boy band OneDirection in the lobby of our hotel this morning!" He continued, "No joke. That ACTUALLY happened. That group of kids in OneDirection were d**kheads to (Tremonti band members Eric Friedman, Garrett Whitlock ) and I." Van Halen later joked, "They must call themselves that because all of their hair points in OneDirection."
Whitlock, Tremonti's drummer, later tweeted, "Had a run in with some boy band in the hotel lobby. no worries. I can't take a insult from someone who doesn't even write there own tunes."
The members of One Direction have yet to comment.
Van Halen joined Tremonti's solo act last month at the last minute after bassist Brian Marshall dropped out for personal reasons. He recalled getting the phone call from Tremonti: "I'm like, 'Hey buddy, how's it going?' And he's like, 'Not good.' Totally depressing change in the phone call. And he told me, and I was like, 'I'll call you right back,' and I was trying to think of like a reason not to -- not that I didn't want to, because there are so many reasons that I would want to. And it totally worked out."
Tremonti is touring in support of his first solo disc, All I Was. He just finished a headlining stint on the Harddrive Live tour and is in Europe for a series of gigs.
Van Halen the band is off the road for the rest of 2012 while Eddie Van Halen recovers from surgery on his intestinal tract, which means Wolfgang has at least a few more months to stay on the road with Tremonti. The latter has expressed interest in recording with Wolfgang as well.