Mammoth WVH founder and former Van Halen bassist, Wolfgang Van Halen, was recently interviewed by Jonny Scaramanga of Guitar World and talked about his recently released, self-titled solo album as well as his late father Eddie.
You may already follow Mammoth WVH, the solo band of Wolf released their first album that features twelve new tracks including a bonus track named ‘Distance‘ which Wolf has written to mourn his legendary late father and former Van Halen founder, Eddie Van Halen. The album got mixed ratings from professional reviewers and managed to peak number one spot on many streaming platforms.
In the interview, the son of late guitar icon Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli, was asked the moments he performed the acoustic rendition of ‘Distance’ and whether he felt emotional while he’s paying tribute to Eddie.
Here is what Wolfgang said:
”Yeah, performing it is a whole different thing. That was very difficult. In terms of releasing it, it just seemed like the right thing to do. I’d been working on my music for so long, and with somebody as important as that in my life not being around anymore, it just seemed right.
It seemed the right thing to get Distance out there as a tribute for Pop and have it all go to his favorite charity, Mr. Holland’s Opus
It certainly wasn’t the first song I was planning on releasing. It’s a bit to the left of the core sound of the album, but I think it fits still. It seemed the right thing to get that out there as a tribute for Pop and have it all go to his favorite [music education] charity, Mr. Holland’s Opus. There was no ill intent behind it, that’s for sure. I know there are some people who are like, ‘he’s just using this,’ but I love my dad and I just wanted to show everybody.”
Wolf also added that many Van Halen fans were thinking that was the closer they needed right after watching his live performance. He also shared one of his fans’ comments that he lost his dad and heard Wolf’s song on the radio and it touched him badly.