Wolf Van Halen Thinks About Late Father Eddie After First Grammy Nomination: ‘Wish My Dad Was Here’

by Madison Miller
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Recently, Wolf Van Halen got a new massive accomplishment since starting his solo band, Mammoth WVH.

This past year has been a mixture of amazing achievements and experiences but has also been filled with tragedy for Wolf Van Halen. Sadly, legendary guitarist for Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, passed away on October 6, 2020.

Wolf Van Halen Grammy Nomination Emotional

Following his death, Van Halen disbanded and Wolf officially started his journey as a solo band. He released the debut album for Mammoth WVH in June 2021, which features popular songs like “Don’t Back Down,” “Distance,” “You’re to Blame,” and “Epiphany.”

Shortly after the release of the album, Wolf Van Halen embarked on a massive U.S. tour as the opening act for Guns N’ Roses. Now that he’s done with the tour, the good experiences are still coming for the rocker.

He recently got a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song for his debut single, “Distance.” He is up against Weezer’s “All My Favorite Songs,” Kings of Leon’s “The Bandit,” Paul McCartney’s “Find My Way,” and Foo Fighters’ “Waiting on a War.”

For Wolf, it’s all so surreal. It’s especially emotional seeing as “Distance” is a song dedicated to his late father.

“It’s a huge surprise and an incredible honor. I can’t believe I’m in a category with Dave Grohl and a Beatle. That’s insane. I wish my dad was here to see it … he believed in me more than I believe in myself. It really marks this huge change of a chapter in my life. Figuring out how to operate without Pop in my life anymore. Moving forward with Mammoth for the first time. This will always be a really, I think, emotional or just kind of reflective period of time for me,” the Mammoth WVH singer said to Ultimate Classic Rock regarding the nomination.

‘Distance’ and Mammoth WVH Future

In addition to a Grammy nomination, which takes place on January 31, Wolf Van Halen will also leave that month for the Young Guns co-headlining tour with Dirty Honey.

His reaction to the news of the nomination at first was a tweet that read, “Holy shi* I got nominated for a Grammy.”

“Distance” also happens to be celebrating its first birthday right as it receives this legendary nomination.

Wolf Van Halen has shared just how much this debut track means to him in the past. It marks his transition into solo music but is also a timeless tribute to his father’s massive impact on him as a person and an artist.

“It’s a special song for two very important reasons. A song commemorating my Pop and our bond, as well as being the very first Mammoth release. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life in more ways than one,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a screenshot from the music video,” he wrote on Instagram.

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