Wolfgang Van Halen will be releasing his debut solo single titled “Distance”, on Monday November 16th. The new track is dedicated to his father Eddie Van Halen, who passed away last month.
“‘Distance’ is a song that was initially written for the debut album, but was going to be held for a later time,” Wolfgang stated. “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 this song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their own life.” Wolfgang continued, “I never anticipated ‘Distance’ would be the first song of mine that people would hear, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release along with me. This is for him.”
When a fan on Twitter asked him about what the album would sound like, Wolfgang replied saying, “Rock. It may venture into some Pop-y places, and may venture into some Metal-y places, but it’s centered in Rock. I view it as a Rock record.”
Wolfgang also stated that his new album will not feature any guest musicians. “No guest, no secret appearances, no input from other musicians,” he said. “Just the ol’ Wolfman yours truly… Like I cannot stress this enough. It’s just me. This isn’t me baiting you, and then all of the sudden Dave [Lee Roth] is singing a song, or Al [Van Halen] is drumming on one song, or Pop is doing a solo. It wouldn’t be a solo album then. It’s not a VH album, it’s a WVH album. Expecting anything more is just setting yourself up for disappointment. So y’all should just that out of the way right now lol”
To coincide with the release of ‘Distance’, Wolfgang will be a guest on the ‘The Howard Stern Show’ Monday.