Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH: ‘Distance’ Hits No. 1 on Rock Charts; ‘You’re to Blame’ Lyric Video Debuted


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Since its debut in mid-November, “Distance” has been a huge success for Mammoth WVH, the musical project helmed by Wolfgang Van Halen.

His heartfelt musical tribute to his late father, Eddie Van Halen, “Distance” was the first glimpse of music from Wolfgang since his father’s passing in October and the introduction to his solo album, which had been in the works for a while.

Now, the continued success of the single and the attention being given to the project has landed “Distance” atop both MediaBase and BDS Active Rock Radio Charts, per an announcement made on Wednesday.

“The response to ‘Distance’ has been incredibly overwhelming,” said Wolfgang Van Halen in a statement. “The immense support from everyone at radio who played the song and all of the fans who called requesting it has been more than I could have imagined. Thank you to everyone who helped me get my first #1 song. I wish Pop was here to see it.”

“Distance” wasn’t originally intended to be included in the upcoming self-titled debut album from Mammoth WVH, but it has since been added as a bonus track due to its popularity. The album is set for release on June 11.

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The aggressive rocker “You’re To Blame” is another song shared ahead of the album:

The album track listing:

1. Mr. Ed
2. Horribly Right
3. Epiphany
4. Don’t Back Down
5. Resolve
6. You’ll Be The One
7. Mammoth
8. Circles
9. The Big Picture
10. Think It Over
11. You’re To Blame
12. Feel
13. Stone
14. Distance (Bonus Track)

Mammoth WVH (Photo: Travis Shinn)

Mammoth WVH (Photo: Travis Shinn)

This is truly a solo project for Wolfgang Van Halen, as he wrote all the music and performed all of the instrumentation and vocals throughout. As far as a live version of the group is concerned, Mammoth WVH will perform “Distance” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and TODAY on Feb. 19, with Wolfgang backed by Ronnie Ficarro (bass/vocals), Jon Jourdan (guitars/vocals), Frank Sidoris (guitars) and Garret Whitlock (drums).

This project had been in the works for a while, but news of his father’s cancer progression halted it for the time being:

Wolfgang Van Halen has been preparing to release music from his solo band Mammoth WVH for some time. That plan was altered when his father and guitar icon Eddie Van Halen called him and told him his cancer had returned. Wolfgang decided to put everything on hold to be with his father through his battle.

Explained Wolfgang Van Halen in a statement:

“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. 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. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.”


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