When you lose someone you love, one thing that can bring you comfort is sharing something important with them before they pass away. Wolf Van Halen was able to receive this gift by showing his father, Eddie, his new album and watching his father cry from joy and pride in his son.
Wolfgang Van Halen, better known as Wolf, replied to a Twitter post asking if the famous Eddie Van Halen was able to hear his son’s newest album.
Wolf was happy to write that before his father passed away he listened to the whole record and “loved it.”
Eddie Van Halen Cries When Hearing His Son’s Song
“I remember when I showed it to dad for the first time, maybe it was out of pride or also just the song in general, he cried when he heard it,” says Wolf.
He says his father cried the first time he heard his son’s new single, “Distance”. The song is the first solo single from Wolf’s band, Mammoth WVH. The song was released in November of last year. However, COVID has prevented the release of the solo LP, and no date has been announced at this time.
Wolf is thankful for his dad’s “unwavering support” which he claims helped him create the new debut album.
Wolf Van Halen Copes With His Loss Through Music
According to Blabbermouth, Wolfgang states that he was writing “Distance as his late father was dying from cancer. The guitarist for Van Halen passed away last October at the age of 65. His son has called the song an “open letter” to his “pop”.
“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 in a statement. “While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life.
“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,” he added. “This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.”
A Rock Icon’s Son Follows In His Footsteps
Eddie Van Halen rocked the music scene in the 70s and 80s. His name is still synonymous with being one of the most famous guitarists to pick up the instrument. His unique style of playing and onstage theatrics captured the hearts of fans. Thousands of fans in the crowd would dance and scream out the lyrics while at shows. Every concert performance was a unique experience.
Although Eddie attempted to teach Wolf how to play, his legendary skills would take over, leaving his son to try and work out the basics himself. It wasn’t Eddie’s fault. He didn’t know how to simplify something he was innately talented at.
“I would ask him how to play something, and then he would just be himself, which is be a legendary guitar player. He couldn’t really help me connect point A to point B. He would just do it and go, ‘Do this,’ because it’s so easy for him. And I would just laugh and be, like, ‘Okay,’” Wolf joked.
However, Wolfgang Van Halen obviously inherited his father’s musical skills. At the young age of 15, he joined his father’s band. In 2006, Wolf replaced former bassist Michael Anthony. The young musician can be heard performing with his dad on Van Halen’s final studio album A Different Kind of Truth.
He is adamant that he will never play for Van Halen again or attempt to replace his father. He is also a firm believer that the band will never return without his late “pop” as the star.
Knowing that Eddie was proud of Wolf as a person and as a musician comforts and encourages his son.
“His pride is what keeps me going to this day,” the 29-year-old says.