Mammoth WVH, the rock band fronted and formed by Wolfgang Van Halen brought their Mammoth II Tour to the House of Blues San Diego back in early December. Wolfgang Van Halen is of course the extremely talented multi-instrumentalist, former bassist of Van Halen, and son of guitar legend Eddie Van Halen. The young guitarist/singer is fantastically talented in his own right, something anyone who has seen him perform live can attest to. As the front man and creative force behind Mammoth WVH, Wolfgang not only inherited the musical prowess of his legendary father, but he also demonstrates that he is a formidable artist in his own right.
The night kicked off with an electrifying opening set by guitarist Nita Strauss, who brought her unique brand of musical spectacle to the stage. Celebrating her 37th birthday on this night, Strauss is touring and promoting her 2023 solo album, “The Call of the Void.” The formidable guitar wizard showcased her phenomenal skills throughout her set, leaving the audience in awe. Known for her normal day-job role as Alice Cooper‘s lead guitarist, Strauss delivered a captivating solo performance with her band, featuring the exceptional talents of drummer and fiancé Josh Villalta, Rhythm Guitarist Jonny Young, Bassist Christopher Dena, and Keyboardist Katt Scarlett.
As Mammoth WVH took the stage, the energy in the venue soared. Wolfgang Van Halen’s musical prowess was on full display as he effortlessly alternated between vocals and guitar, commanding the attention of every audience member. He finger tapped, sweep picked, and made his guitar squeal and cry, delivering some face melting solos that made everyone in the crowd shake their heads in disbelief. Mammoth WVH’s talented touring band including Frank Sidoris on guitar, Jon Jourdan on guitar, Ronnie Ficarro on Bass, and Garrett Whitlock on drums, delivered a well-balanced set list blending tracks from their first two albums 2021’s Mammoth WVH and 2023’s Mammoth II.
The House of Blues provided a comfy and intimate setting that allowed the audience to connect with the music on a personal level. The sound quality was impeccable on this evening, highlighting the intricate details of Mammoth WVH’s performance. The chemistry between the band members onstage was palpable, creating an energy that translated into a powerful and cohesive musical experience.
In conclusion, Mammoth WVH’s performance at The House of Blues San Diego was a testament to Wolfgang Van Halen’s musical prowess and his ability to carry on the Van Halen legacy while establishing his own unique identity. With Nita Strauss setting the stage on fire with her opening act, the night was a celebration of rock music that will be etched in the memories of those fortunate enough to witness it.