Listen: Wolfgang Van Halen Pays Tribute to Father Eddie Van Halen with New Solo Song, ‘Distance’

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“Distance” is a brand new song from Mammoth WVH, the musical project fronted by Wolfgang Van Halen, son of late guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died on Oct. 6 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Premiered on Monday, the song is a deeply personal one for WVH, a composition that came about during a difficult time: When Wolfgang was spending time alongside his father after EVH’s cancer had returned.

Per a news release:

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.

Here’s the song and its official music video:

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.”

Wolfgang Van Halen (Photo: Travis Shinn)

Wolfgang Van Halen (Photo: Travis Shinn)

A portion of proceeds from “Distance” will benefit the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation:

Eddie was very supportive of the organization via numerous donations throughout his lifetime. Following in his father’s footsteps in another way, Wolfgang is donating his portion of all proceeds from “Distance” to the foundation. 

“Our connection with Eddie grew out of his generous nature, his delight in seeing kids learn and play music, and ultimately understanding what’s important in life. Eddie lived out loud through his music, and I believe that he wanted to see that kind of expression ignite in the students. Music saved him and he loved giving back through what we do for kids through the power of music. Thank you, Eddie. We’ll never forget you.” – Felice Mancini, the President and CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Mammoth WVH is very much Wolfgang’s project — in fact, he plays every instrument and “sings each and every note” on the debut album, which will be released in 2021 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.

Stay tuned for more, and rest in peace, Eddie Van Halen.


  • dean cramer says:

    Good for you, Wolfgang. Your dad meant a ton to millions of people throughout the world…Long live the King.

  • Brad Stokke says:

    That’s a very heartfelt tribute to your father, he would be so proud and I’m sure he’s watching over you with love.
    On another level, that is pretty impressive. Great job!!!

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