.@WolfVanHalen, son of late guitar icon Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli, joins us to talk about his solo project #MammothWVH and the meaning behind his song "Distance." pic.twitter.com/93SjMjZ6DU— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 19, 2021
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Wolfgang Van Halen says the lyrics to his song "Distance" became a "mantra" after his dad Eddie Van Halen's death.
In "Distance," Van Halen sings about being "not ready to move on" and being with a loved one "no matter what the distance is."
"It's almost like a mantra for you when you lose someone, anyone that plays a large role in your life," he said of the lyrics on Today. "That's kind of my mantra when I think about my dad."
Van Halen, who performed with his dad in the band Van Halen, released "Distance" as part of his solo project Mammoth WVH. He will release a full solo album in June.
"I guess a normal band would have a guitar player, a bass player, a drummer and a singer, and I'm the one doing all of that" Van Halen said of the project. "Basically, every single thing you hear is a bunch of mes all playing at the same time."
"It's been rough. Very bittersweet. We're doing okay," the actress said of herself and her son. "We've been spending a lot of time together."
"It's hard. I've gone to text [Eddie Van Halen] a few dozen times," she added. "It's like, 'Oh, no. I can't text him right now.'"