Wolfgang Van Halen says his father cried the first time he played him “Distance”

Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen of Van Halen perform during "A Different Kind of Truth" tour at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2012 in New York City.
(Image credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Wolfgang Van Halen released his first solo song, Distance, in the weeks following the death of his father, electric guitar legend Eddie Van Halen, at the age of 65 following a long battle with cancer.

And while Distance is a tribute to his dad, it also was written and recorded well before his father’s passing. In a new interview with Lou Brutus, Wolf recalled playing the song for Eddie.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.