Wolfgang Van Halen has released the first music from his solo band Mammoth WVH. The song ‘Distance’ is a tribute to his father Eddie and you can watch the video for the track below.
Wolfgang wrote and performed all instruments and vocals on the song, which is an open letter to his father. He sings “no matter what the distance is, I will be with you.”
Wolfgang told us about the song. “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 would 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 it’s release.
“This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.”
The video for the song is created from a collection of family home movies through the years.
All proceeds from the ‘Distance’ will benefit The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
Eddie was very supportive of the organisation via numerous donations throughout his lifetime. Following in his fathers footsteps in another way, Wolfgang is donating his portion of all proceeds from ‘Distance’ to the foundation.
Felice Mancini, President and CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation told us: “Our connection with Eddie grew out of his generous nature, his delight in seeing kids learn and play music and ultimately understanding what is 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 will never forget you.”