The founder of Mammoth WVH, Wolfgang Van Halen, recently responded to a Twitter user’s comment on his ‘boring and uninspired’ solo and went on to post a series of tweets in which he expressed his approach to solos while reminding everyone of what his father, Eddie, thought of his solo inDistance.’

As you may recall, Wolf released his debut solo song ‘Distance‘ on November 16, 2020, as a tribute to his father Eddie who had passed away the month before after battling throat cancer for over five years. Eddie had a chance to listen to the song prior to his passing and Wolf had revealed that it made him tear up. ‘Distance’ achieved critical acclaim and mainstream success and ranked Number 1 on the Billboard charts.

This success seems to have encouraged Wolf who has been determined to follow a solo career and some weeks ago, he announced that his debut solo album will be released on June 112021. He also released a brand new single ‘Youre To Blame‘ alongside his announcement which excited his fans even more.

For the past month, Wolf has been performing live on various shows and one of his most appreciated live performances was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the beginning of February. One of the songs that he performed was ‘Distance’ which must have been really hard for Wolf who is still mourning the passing of his father, bandmate, and friend.

However, some Twitter users were apparently not capable of grasping the sensitivity of the issue and the courage it took Wolf to perform that song live. Recently a Twitter user tagged Wolf and told him that when they heard Wolf perform ‘Distance’ live on Kimmel, they thought that guitar solo was ‘boring and uninspired’ and went on to say that they ‘know’ Eddie taught Wolf better than that.

This comment really angered Wolf who tried to calmly explain why the guitar solo in ‘Distance’ was not shredding and said that it’s important to think about the context of the song when criticizing the solo in it. He went on to say that what matters the most to him is that Eddie liked it and warned the user that if ‘shredding’ solos are all he cares about, he’ll be highly disappointed with his album.

Wolf then added that the reason why the solo on ‘Distance’ is not that aggressive is that it’s all emotion and comes at the ‘emotional height of the song‘ and that is exactly why Eddie loved it. He concluded his response by saying that if all he cares about when listening to music is ‘how many notes are being played in the solo’ then he probably shouldn’t bother listening to his upcoming album.

Here’s what a user said:

“Wolf. Don’t know your music well. You’re now on your own. What I’ve heard, when you played on Kimmel, was a guitar solo that was one note. Boring & uninspired, and in a tribute to your legendary dad. I know he taught you better than that. Hope you have more that we haven’t heard.”

To which Wolf responded:

“Guitar solos aren’t always supposed to be shredding. How they fit in the context of the song matters to me most. Prepare to be disappointed with my album if that’s all you care about.

Also, my father loved the solo for Distance and that’s all that really matters to me.”

He went on to say:

“The solo for distance is ALL emotion, and at the emotional height of the song. Its why Pop loved it.”

This is what Wolf said in his final tweet on this matter:

“It’s cool if it’s not your thing, but if you’re listening to my music to count how many notes are being played in the solo instead of actually listening to the song, then this shit ain’t for you. Also, you listen to music in a really weird fuckin’ way.”

You can check out Wolf’s tweets and listen to Wolf performing ‘Distance’ live below.