Wolfgang Van Halen’s Song Tribute to Eddie: ‘I Love and Miss You, Pop’

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Father and son in family video footage from “Distance”

Wolfgang Van Halen has shared a touching video for “Distance,” a tribute to his father Eddie Van Halen, who died at age 65 on Oct. 6, 2020. The song is the first release from his upcoming solo album, in which he’s billed as Mammoth WVH. The 29-year-old plays every instrument and reveals a beautiful singing voice. Watch the clip, which features various family home movies, below.

Wolfgang had been preparing to release music for some time. That plan was altered when his father told him his cancer had returned. Wolfgang decided to put everything on hold to be with his guitar legend father through his battle. The album will be available via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records in 2021.

Wolfgang Van Halen (Photo: Travis Shinn)

“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,” Wolfgang explains in the Nov. 16 announcement.

Wolfgang joined the Van Halen lineup as a teenager in 2006, replacing Michael Anthony on bass guitar.

“Distance” is an open letter to his father – one Wolfgang was fortunate to play for his dad and would become a favorite of Eddie’s – declaring “no matter what the distance is, I will be with you.” The video for the song is created from a collection of family home movies through the years, including Wolfgang’s mother, Valerie Bertineli. The video ends with a touching voicemail left from Eddie to his son.

Watch “Distance”

Says Wolfgang, “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.”

Related: When Eddie, Valerie and Wolfgang won the internet with family pics

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

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