Wolfgang Van Halen, son of rock legend Eddie Van Halen, is following in his father’s musical footsteps. He has his own band called Mammoth WVH. It consists of guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, however, it’s Wolf doing it all.
Since he has started the band, Wolf has only released two songs. He released “Distance” last year and recently came out with “You’re to Blame.”
On top of worrying about the release of his self-titled album in June, Wolf is facing some criticisms online. He recently responded to a social media user criticizing his guitar solo in “Distance.”
“Guitar solos aren’t always supposed to be shredding. How they fit in the context of the song matters to me most. Prepare to be disappointed with my album if that’s all you care about. Also my father loved the solo for Distance and that’s all that really matters to me,” Wolf wrote on Twitter responded to a now-deleted tweet.
Eddie Van Halen made one of his musical trademarks incredibly intricate guitar-shredding solos. Currently, some Twitter users are nitpicking Wolf’s solo on “Distance,” voicing their opinions that it isn’t complex enough.
“It’s cool if it’s not your thing, but if you’re listening to my music to count how many notes are being played in the solo instead of actually listening to the song, then this sh*t ain’t for you. Also you listen to music in a really weird f****in’ way,” Wolf Van Halen wrote.
“Distance” was the first song he released following his father’s death from cancer.
“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,” Wolf said, according to USA Today.
The song is incredibly personal and the video features intimate moments between him and his father. It all relates to the chorus, “No matter what the distance is, I will be with you.”
Wolf on Steve Wilson’s Comments Regarding Eddie Van Halen’s Death
The internet also blew up around the time Van Halen passed after musician Steven Wilson commented on his death in a FaceCulture interview in February.
He said that Van Halen’s death, “didn’t [affect me], because I was never a fan … I know [Van Halen was] an extraordinary musician, and it’s always sad when an extraordinary artist dies, [but] I was never a fan of the so-called shredder mentality.”
“And I think in many ways, [Van Halen] was the father of that whole kind of movement,” Wilson said, according to NME.
In response, Wolf Van Halen said the comment on his father did “bum me out hard.” Social media had created a huge rivalry between the two rockers, however, Wilson took to Twitter to formally apologize to Wolf for his comments.
Wolf Van Halen accepted the apology and said it was “incredibly kind of you to say.” Since his father’s death and the launch of his solo career, Wolf has been on defense. This meaning, he is often responding back to hate on social media and not allowing criticism to go unnoticed. Some of his fans are urging him to not respond to criticism because it shows it’s affecting the rocker.