Wolf Van Halen is busy focusing on his band, Mammoth WVH. So he’s leaving it up to his uncle, Alex Van Halen, to make key decisions about Van Halen in the wake of his father Eddie Van Halen’s death.
In an interview with radio personality Eddie Trunk, Wolf said all decisions on Van Halen-related matters go through Alex these days. He explained that he needs to tend to his own music at this point in his life.
“FYI I did as @WolfVanHalen today if there were any official plans for an @eddievanhalen tribute/memorial show,” Trunk tweeted on Thursday. “Wolf explained he’s focused on @MammothWVH for now and any decisions on @VanHalen related stuff would come from Alex VH.”
Wolf Van Halen Is a Multitalented Musician
Wolf has been playing music since he was a youngster. He got his musical start pounding the drums at age 9 before switching over to bass guitar, which he would go on to play in Van Halen at age 16, according to Metalhead Zone.
After his dad Eddie died in October of last year, Wolf released “Distance,” his debut single with Mammoth WVH. It quickly hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart.
In an interview with Radio.com last December, Wolf said that releasing the song and doing the music video for it has brought a catharsis for him. “Distance” deals with his father’s long battle with cancer and eventual death. But that’s not the only song he’s recorded. Mammoth WVH’s self-titled debut album features 14 tracks, on which Wolf sang and played various instruments himself.
“When it comes to the studio, it’s still all me,” Wolf said after shouting out his band. “They’re just helping me live. I’ve got the album ready to go. It should be out this Spring, I think. We don’t have a date yet. But spring. But yeah, I recorded so many songs for the first album, I think I even got half a second album ready to go.”
Watch the interview here:
‘Distance’ Confronts Loss of Eddie Van Halen Through Music
Rather than taking over as steward of Van Halen’s legacy, Wolf Van Halen is blazing his own musical trail these days. He thinks that’s what his father would have wanted. And so it’s through Mammoth WVH’s music that he’s grappling with his dad’s absence.
“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,” Wolf said of ‘Distance’ in a press release. “While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life.”
The money raised from the release of “Distance” went to Eddie’s favorite charity, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which hooks low-income students up with instruments so they can learn music.
Watch the music video for “Distance” here: