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Wolfgang Van Halen reflects on one-year anniversary of “Distance”: “It’s a special song”

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Wolfgang Van Halen has shared a statement reflecting on the one-year anniversary of his song “Distance,” his debut single with his Mammoth WVH solo project.

Released November 16, 2020, “Distance” was written about Wolf’s relationship with his father, the iconic Eddie Van Halen, who’d just passed away a month earlier.

“It’s a special song for two important reasons,” Wolf tweeted Tuesday. “A song commemorating my Pop and our band, as well as being the first Mammoth release. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life in more ways than one.”

“I never could’ve imagined the overwhelming outpour of responses from something so close to my heart,” he added. “It blew me away.”

“Distance,” which would later be featured on the self-titled Mammoth debut album, hit number one on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. Wolf’s proceeds were donated to his dad’s favorite charity, the youth music education organization Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

In his statement, Wolf also thanked all the fans and listeners for their “amazing support,” and shared a message to his father.

“I hope you’re watching and I hope you’re still proud, Pop,” he wrote. “I love and miss you more than you could ever know.”

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