Wolfgang Van Halen Explains What Eddie Van Halen Thought About His Guitar Solo For ‘Distance’

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Former Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen shared a post on his official Twitter page revealing that his father, late Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen loved the guitar solo for Wolfgang’s debut single ‘Distance’ when a fan stated that his father must be ‘disappointed’ with it.

As many of you know, Wolfgang Van Halen formed his own solo band named MammothWVH after the disbandment of Van Halen due to the loss of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Wolfgang’s debut single, ‘Distance’ was a tribute song to his late father along with its accompanying music video which included some old footage of Eddie while he was taking care of Wolfgang.

Wolfgang Van Halen’s first single as MammothWVH was a huge success and he performed ‘Distance’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on February 11. The performance was Wolfgang’s television debut as MammothWVH in addition to being Wolfgang’s first performance without his father and it received positive reviews from his fans as Wolfgang’s emotion in his voice moved many people.

Recently, a fan thought it would be a good idea to criticize Wolfgang’s performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in addition to his song’s guitar solo and stated that his solo was only one note, furthermore, boring and uninspiring, however, his father, apparently, taught him better than that, especially in a tribute song, it should’ve been better.

Here is what that fan said:

“Wolf. Don’t know your music well. You’re new on your own. What I’ve heard, when you played on Kimmel, was a guitar solo that was one note. Boring & uninspired, and in a tribute to your legendary dad. I know he taught you better than that. Hope you have more than we haven’t heard.”

After seeing that fan’s statement, Wolfgang Van Halen shared a post on his official Twitter page stressing the fact that all guitar solos don’t have to be fast, loud, and shredding, as a matter of fact, his guitar solo was suitable for the song’s concept which was an emotional tribute song. In addition to this, Wolfgang revealed that his father loved the guitar solo for ‘Distance’ when he heard it, and that’s all that really matters to him.

Here is what Wolfgang said:

“Guitar solos aren’t always supposed to be shredding. How they fit in the context of the song matters to me most. Prepare to be disappointed with my album if that’s all you care about. Also, my father loved the solo for Distance and that’s all that really matters to me.”

Later on, Wolfgang Van Halen shared another post on his official Twitter page, with a need to explain why his guitar solo was the way it was, stating that the solo was all about emotions which demonstrated the peak of ‘Distance’ when it comes to feeling and that’s why Eddie Van Halen loved it.

Here is what he said:

The solo for distance is ALL emotion and at the emotional height of the song. It’s why Pop loved it.”

Due to the fact that he always experiences heavy criticism on social media platforms, mostly about his music and how he is not as ‘gifted’ as his father with numerous comparisons, Wolfgang shared a tweet mocking how everybody online has the freedom to say whatever they like, even it’s about somebody’s deceased father.

Here is what Wolfgang said:

“Also, I love where we’re at with the internet, where you can just find ANYONE on social media just to say… ‘Hi there stranger, I’m not too familiar with you, but I don’t like you and your deceased father is probably disappointed in you.’ Isn’t technology awesome?”

You can see the Twitter posts below.

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