During a recent interview with Lou Brutus on HardDrive radio, Mammoth WVH’s founder Wolfgang Van Halen talked about how his close circle responded when they first heard ‘Distance’ and opened up about his father’s emotional reaction upon understanding that the song is about losing a loved one.
On October 6, 2020, the rock scene and millions of fans mourned the passing of Eddie Van Halen. Aside from being one of the most talented guitarists of all time, Eddie was also known for his kindness and unending love towards his family, loved ones, and friends. He left millions of fans and friends heartbroken but his passing was especially hard on his family.
Eddie had been battling cancer for almost five years and during his last months, Wolf had started working on a song as a means of coping with his father’s deteriorating health and sickness. In previous interviews, Wolf had said that he wrote ‘Distance’ while trying to imagine what his life would be like without Eddie, who was not only his father but also his friend and bandmate.
Wolfgang released his debut solo song ‘Distance‘ on November 16, 2020, as a tribute to his father. His song achieved mainstream success and ranked Number 1 in numerous categories on the Billboard charts. After that, Wolf started getting more and more questions about his writing process and how his family reacted when they listened to the song for the first time.
Wolf said that all the close people in his life had already listened to the song before its release because he had been working on it for a while. The song moved everyone around him and when Eddie heard it for the first time, he teared up. Wolf said that he’s not sure whether it was because he was proud of his son or because he had understood that it was a song about losing a loved one.
Here’s what Wolf said during his recent interview:
“Well, all the close people in my life had already heard it, because the idea on its own was in existence for a while; it just hadn’t been fully finished and then mixed. The last 10 percent of the work is what we had to do in order to get it out there and get it mastered and all that. But, yeah, it moved everyone I showed it to.
I remember when I showed it to dad for the first time, maybe it was out of pride or also just the song in general, he cried when he heard it. And I don’t think he was aware of the significance of it for me; he just understood it as a song about loss.”
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