Mammoth’s Wolfgang Van Halen and Dirty Honey’s Marc LaBelle talk Young Guns Tour – San Bernardino Sun


After hanging out at rock festivals last year and playing together in September in South Carolina, Los Angeles-based rock bands Dirty Honey and Mammoth WVH decided to join forces in 2022 for the co-headlining Young Guns Tour.

“We had such a good time; this tour just seemed like an inevitability,” Mammoth WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen said during a recent video interview from his home in Los Angeles. Dirty Honey’s Marc LaBelle, who was in his hotel room in New York City, was also on the call.

Though the tour was initially postponed due to a spike in COVID-19 cases earlier in the year, the Young Guns Tour is now scheduled to hit House of Blues in San Diego on March 1, The Wiltern in Los Angeles March 2 and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio on March 5.

LaBelle said there was an instant connection between him and Van Halen, son of late Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli. The pair are both hockey fans and have similar tastes in music. With both bands dropping their self-titled debut albums last year, it seemed like a good time to get out on the road.

Another reason is to disprove those naysayers who claim that rock is dead.

“They’re wrong,” Van Halen said with a laugh. “They just don’t know where to find it. I think that’s sort of the mission statement of the Young Guns Tour, is to prove that is very much a false statement.”

“Some of the biggest festivals around these days are rock festivals,” LaBelle added. “So it’s very much alive and we’re trying to be the next generation of that.”

Aside from their own music, Van Halen and LaBelle said rock fans should check out artists like Ayron Jones, Joyous Wolf, Badflower and The Marcus King Band. They’ve also toured with and learned from bands like The Black Crowes, The Who and Guns N’ Roses.  As well, Van Halen played bass in Van Halen from 2006 until his father’s passing in 2020 at the age of 65.



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