Distance, a song Wolfgang Van Halen wrote and performed as a tribute to his late father Eddie Van Halen has reached #1 on the Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs, as well as, a #1, #2, and #9 on three other charts.
Wolfgang Van Halen’s tribute to Father Eddie, ‘Distance’, Tops Hot Hard Rock Songs Chart and more
The debut single and music from from Wolfgang Van Halen’s solo band MAMMOTH WVH, has reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart. The track also hit #1 Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, #2 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart, as well as entered the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart at #9, Blabbermouth reported.
Wolfgang Van Halen’s tribute song to his late father Eddie Van Halen, titled “Distance,” had 826,000 U.S. streams and had 13,000 downloads sold in the week ending November 19, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Wolfgang Van Halen sang and performed all tracks on ‘Distance’
Although the album artist is called MAMMOTH WVH, and the touring band will feature a number of high-profile members, Wolfgang Van Halen, wrote sang, and performed all tracks on the album itself, including the leadoff single ‘Distance.’
Distance an instant success
In an interview with Billboard, Wolfgang said he is surprised by the immediate success of the single.
“I am beyond humbled by the response to ‘Distance’,” Wolfgang said. “”I can’t believe that it’s appearing on all of these charts so soon after release. The fact that so many have embraced the song and video shows how much we have in common in the love and respect we have for my father.”
The YouTube video for Distance, which is filled with early photos and home videos of Wolfgang and his father Eddie, as well as his mom Valerie Bertinelli, is definitely an emotionally stirring visual montage.
“I just wish he was here to see it,” Wolfgang said of the single’s instant success. “Thank you so much to everyone who’s listening and also to my whole team who has worked so hard to make this a reality.”
Eddie Van Halen’s death
Eddie Van Halen passed away in October of this year after suffering complications from cancer. He had been quietly battling the disease for some time, according to sources close to the Van Halen family.
Despite the fact that he and Valerie Bertinelli were divorced, the two remained close, and she was at his side – along with his brother and drummer, as well as Wolfgang himself – in his final moments.
Van Halen had been fighting cancer for the better part of a decade, and last November was in the hospital extensively for intestinal issues. He also went to Germany several times to get radiation treatment.
Despite the fact that Eddie was a heavy smoker, he actually believed his throat cancer was from a metal guitar pic he held in his mouth more than 20 years prior.
MAMMOTH WVH touring lineup
The touring members for MAMMOTH WVH will include Wolfgang on lead vocals and guitar, Frank Sidoris (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) on guitar, Garrett Whitlock (Tremonti) on drums, and Ronnie Ficarro on bass, Blabbermouth reported.
Wolfgang Van Halen, now 29, originally joined his father’s group Van Halen as a bassist in 2006 at the age of 15, playing with the group for 14 years. He also played bass in the group Tremonti (Mark Tremonti of Creed) from 2012-2016.