Watch Mammoth WVH (Wolfgang Van Halen + Band) Play the Emotional ‘Distance’ on ‘Kimmel’

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On Thursday, Mammoth WVH, the musical project of Wolfgang Van Halen, officially detailed its self-titled debut record, which is due out on June 11. Thursday evening, Wolfgang (son of the late Eddie Van Halen) performed the song “Distance” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“Distance” was the first song released by the Mammoth WVH project, and serves as a touching salute from Wolfgang to his late father, who died in October after a prolonged battle with cancer. Watch the performance below:

“Distance” also received a music video when it was first premiered, a clip featuring a number of home movies from the Van Halen family:

Also debuted the album this week is “You’re To Blame,” an aggressive rocker that occupies a space somewhere between Shinedown and Alter Bridge:

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The album track listing:

1. Mr. Ed
2. Horribly Right
3. Epiphany
4. Don’t Back Down
5. Resolve
6. You’ll Be The One
7. Mammoth
8. Circles
9. The Big Picture
10. Think It Over
11. You’re To Blame
12. Feel
13. Stone
14. Distance (Bonus Track)

This is truly a solo project for Wolfgang Van Halen, as he wrote all the music and performed all of the instrumentation and vocals throughout. As far as a live version of the group is concerned, Mammoth WVH will perform “Distance” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and TODAY on Feb. 19, with Wolfgang backed by Ronnie Ficarro (bass/vocals), Jon Jourdan (guitars/vocals), Frank Sidoris (guitars) and Garret Whitlock (drums).

This project had been in the works for a while, but news of his father’s cancer progression halted it for the time being:

Wolfgang Van Halen has been preparing to release music from his solo band Mammoth WVH for some time. That plan was altered when his father and guitar icon Eddie Van Halen called him and told him his cancer had returned. Wolfgang decided to put everything on hold to be with his father through his battle.

Explained Wolfgang Van Halen in a statement:

“As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him. While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life.”

“I never intended ‘Distance’ to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.”

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