Wolfgang Van Helen dropped his first solo song “Distance” on Monday and is an emotional tribute to his late father Eddie Helen.
Wolfgang wrote the song when Eddie was battling cancer and said in a statement on YouTube, “As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him And how much I will miss him. “
“While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of causing a deep loss in their lives. I never intended ‘Distance’ to be the first piece of music people would hear me, but I also thought that my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love you and miss you, pop, “he said.
They recorded under the name Mammoth WVH, which is also a tribute to Eddie as the band Van Halen was originally called Mammoth.
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The music video featured old family films including footage of Eddie as a young parent, Wolf’s mother Valerie Bertinelli and family instruments and on vacation together.
It finally ends with the heartfelt voice of the deceased rocker for his son: “I am so happy to have you as my son, man.” I’m proud of you I love you very much Call me if you get a chance. I just want to hear your voice. “
Eddie died on October 6 at the age of 65 after battling throat cancer.
He told Billboard magazine in 2015 that he had removed a third of his tongue due to cancer that had also spread to his esophagus.
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“I used metal boxes – they are brass and copper – which I always put in my mouth, right where I had tongue cancer,” he said. “Besides, I basically live in a recording studio that’s full of electromagnetic energy. So that’s a theory. I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot. But one At the same time, my lungs are completely clear. This is just my own theory, but doctors say it is possible. “
Wolfgang said at the time, “I can’t believe I’m writing this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk van Helen, has lost his long and hard battle with cancer this morning.”
“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I shared with him on stage and on stage was a gift,” Wolf said. “My heart is broken and I don’t think I will be able to fully recover from this loss.”
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Eddie was a guitar virtuoso whose indiscriminate speed, control and innovation transformed his band, Van Halen, into one of the biggest groups in hard rock, fueled the unmistakably fiery solo in Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” and Elevated them to the status of rock god. .
Fox News’ Maria Haas contributed to this report.