Wolfgang Van Halen Releases New Song “Distance” Dedicated to Father with Video

Today 11/16/2020 Wolfgang Van Halen, son of Eddie released a new song called “Distance” It’s a track that he is dedicating to his late father, guitar virtuoso Eddie (see: The Afterlife Just Picked Up An Amazing Guitarist: Eddie Van Halen Dead at 65).

Although it’s a one man show, a la Aldo Nova, he’s calling his band, Mammoth WVH. Mammoth was the original band name that Van Halen used, which is a clever homage. Wolf is playing all the instruments and singing. Recorded at Eddie’s famous at home studio 5150. I’ve been wondering when he planning to release some of this music. Today is the day for at least one song to sample.

Wolf was Howard Stern’s radio guest on Sirius this morning at 6am PST. I listened via the “Free preview” (Thank you, Sirius) since we don’t have a subscription to the service. I was subscribed and had a Sirius radio when Howard first went over to Sirius.

One of the things discussed toward the end was Wolf explaining what happened with Eddie in 2017 being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and only given six months to live. Then he flew over to Germany and got some sort of treatment that gave him three more years. Wolf said Eddie had warmed up to the idea of one gigantic “Kitchen Sink Tour” which would have included all three VH singers, assuming they agreed to it, of course. That would have been something hearing VH music from all three VH eras. In our dreams.

A bonus track was played on the show called “You’re to blame” that was very good, but you can check out the “Distance” video on the official Mammoth WVH channel, embedded below if allowed.

A tearjerker family video for Van Halen fans … somewhere in the afterlife Eddie’s infectious smile lives on … and his frenetic fretwork

This song is really good. I wasn’t altogether surprised, but Wolf is right: it’s not Van Halen, but it’s got a great hook, good melodies and touching lyrics. Reminds me a bit of Creed for some reason. It’s definitely more modern rock than the 80s crazy guitar rock. Was glad to hear a solo in there. Maybe that’s my biggest complaint with the 90s rock movement was the guitar solos getting axed, pun intended.

Maybe the release of this song and the overwhelming positive early feedback I’m seeing will shut up the idiots who didn’t think Wolf had talent. I knew he did when I saw him playing bass on the Van Halen tour. He was never just some famous guy’s kid, he’s got the goods.

Last week, Wolf was under fire from an idiot on Twitter.

Anytime enough people get together, the a-holes come out. Unfortunately, the social media character limit texting service Twitter is no exception. After all, we have a currently sitting President who can’t stop diarrhea of the tweets on Twitter.

Just for disclaimer, I’ve used Twitter on and off since it was in beta. I’m not that active there and these days it is mostly used to provide snippets of new posts here. I will sometimes retweet or like tweets by others, but am definitely not very active on the service. Some people spend way too much times on social media liking, sharing and getting into arguments with people they will likely never meet offline. Life is much too short for too much of that activity.

I liked Wolf’s response to the troll.

On Friday, Wolfgang shared a tweet he received from what appears to be a trolling account in which his skills were denigrated and his achievements were belittled.

“Still leeching off of your fathers name I see,” the offensive tweet read. “You talentless fucking hack. Leave the band and give your spot back to it’s rightful owner you lowlife cunt.”

In response, Wolfgang wrote: “I don’t have the energy to come up with a joke for this, just look at this lame asshole lol. What a sad life this dude must lead.” When a Twitter follower advised Wolfgang to ignore the trolls, he

Wolfgang Van Halen Responds To Accusation That He Is ‘Leeching Off’ His Father’s Name For Solo Single – Blabbermouth.net

I don’t understand why people must treat others this way online? What on earth has Wolfgang Van Halen done to anybody? The kid was 15 and his father gave him a shot to join one of the greatest party bands of all time, his family also, by the way, Van Halen. Sure, what happened to the bassist Michael Anthony was a bummer, but blood is thicker than water and Mike seemed to get it.

As it turns out, this was Eddie’s last run out there, so who better to play with than his own son?

Meanwhile, Wolfgang has been working on his own music. He’s going the Aldo Nova route. There are no guest appearances by his dad or uncle on drums or any of the VH singers, it’s all Wolf. For now, all we can listen to is one track, “Distance” and watch the video.

Add to that Wolf has been working on this solo album for a long time, so none of the douche comments from some anon Twitterer make any logical sense.

I know albums are tough to sell, but I’ll buy Mammoth WVH album when it comes out. I like the two songs I’ve heard.

I bought the “Distance” single to show support. Wolf doesn’t need the money, of course (UPDATE 8:36am PST: proceeds going to charity: Mr. Holland’s Opus: https://www.mhopus.org/ that provides instruments to underprivileged students — GREAT CAUSE, btw), but it’s my way of throwing some cash in his guitar case. Wishing Wolf the best in his musical aspirations!

UPDATE 11/17/2020 @ 12:46pm PT: It’s a great feeling, a cosmic justice sort of thing when good things happen to good people doing good things. “Distance” hit #1 on all of iTunes, not just rock but everything. I’m sure Eddie is smiling somewhere, looking on in appreciation.

Most Liked Tweet Ever – 7.1+ million likes – is Chadwick Boseman Death Announcement

Da 5 Bloods ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Some (most?) of you have heard by now about actor Chadwick Boseman’s death from cancer at the very young age of 43. You may not have heard that the Twitter tweet announcing his death has set a record number of likes.

At press time Saturday afternoon, the tweet from Boseman’s account had 5.6 million likes. The previous record-holder was a tweet from former president Barack Obama, which currently has 4.3 million likes.

Chadwick Boseman Tweet Announcing His Death Most Liked Ever

What makes Boseman’s youthful passing stand out even more is his dedication to his craft up until his death, In between treatments for his condition, he kept working.

Something good happening on Twitter? Yes. You can like it and add to the 7.1 million and counting Twitter love below.

Click the heart icon to join the love

See Boseman’s filmography and/or if you’re a Netflix subscriber, check out Da Bloods. He also starred in Black Panther, the Avengers films (Infinity War, Civil War, Endgame), Draft Day, 42 and more.

Rest in peace, Mr. Boseman.

Judging #Avatar sequels by @officialavatar Twitter Followers Makes No Sense, Sorry @eric_ital

Brobible Senior Writer Eric Ital wrote a hit piece mocking Avatar for having less than 133,000 Twitter followers and pointing out that Twitter has been in existence over 11 years.

So …?

Readers following Ital’s screed, which makes zero sense considering metrics for movie success, should probably skip over the author’s own Twitter account — but I won’t. Stay with me.

It is a curious criticism of the movie, Avatar, and its four sequels in production (all one billion dollars worth!?!). Will give it that.

We’re talking about the second-highest grossing movie of all-time, a movie whose sequel James Cameron thinks will outgross Avengers: Endgame and one of their primary social media accounts has fewer followers than BroBible! When the first movie came out, Twitter didn’t even exist — now, here we are 11 years later, and not only has a sequel yet to be released, but their Twitter feed has the following of an A24-produced indie drama (no disrespect to A24, of course, those are my fucking dudes). They don’t even own the @Avatar handle! An absolute clown show.

The Official ‘Avatar’ Twitter Account Has Less Than 125K Followers

Ital’s self-professed “one man crusade” against the movie for Twitter followers leaves me wondering how or why this would be any sort of fair metric evaluating the potential success or failure of the movie itself? Seriously, who judges movies this way?

Why would anybody judge a movie this way?

If a studio simply throws up a Twitter account and isn’t very active, they aren’t going to have that many Twitter followers. That’s reality in the world of social media follows.

The article’s author never explains how or why this sort of metric should matter in any logical way, whatsoever, because, well, it doesn’t. It’s the type of clickbait bullshit angst article that are vomited daily upon the internet. Our eyes are the toilet bowl of 2020, no thank you.

Let me try and help out Mr. Ital. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and just fill in whatever you want, followers are not a measurement of how good or bad movies have been or will ever be. At best it might represent one measurement of how good or bad marketing on a given social media service performed.

Does anybody seriously think James Cameron gives two craps about Twitter followers for Avatar? Hint: see the first sentence of his recent tweet:

Just in case you need more evidence. James Cameron’s official Twitter has over 718,000 followers, joined in January 2011 and made a mere 170 tweets.

Clearly, Cameron isn’t a Luddite. He believes in Twitter, but he doesn’t use it very often. He cared enough to sign up for it relatively early in the game because he’s an intelligent man.

Now, let’s compare to the article author’s Twitter profile, because these kinds of comparisons make just about as much sense (not!).

Given, the author isn’t one of the most famous and successful directors of all time, he’s just some random “senior writer” at an internet publication, but hey, he’s really into Twitter. He knows all about Twitter based on his flame-ridden piece. He knows how to judge Twitter as the all-knowing, all-seeing prophecy behind whether or not something is going to be good or bad based on Twitter followers.

So, he must have at least a few thousand Twitter followers himself, yes? He must have been on Twitter for years, yes? Must be heavily active and marketing his own articles (despite his own admitting that in many articles he doesn’t give a shit how many people have read them), since all this would be a justification for his business success, yes?

No, no, no.

Look, I don’t know you, Mr. Ital. You might be a great writer and 100% right that Avatar 2 and the other sequels, if we ever get to see them, will not be as successful as Cameron and company hope.

In fact, I’m a bit skeptical of Avatar sequel success myself (see: Even if Avatar 2 sucks, the Mercedes Vision Avtr looks amazing). However, I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever — not in 11+ years of Twitter existence — measure any movie’s sales potential based on social media followers. Not even with snark or lopsided humor. That’s any social media service you want to pick out and use … Twitter, Facebook, Insta, whatever.

Just for transparency, here is my Twitter account:

Now, by the article author’s logic, guess I’m godawful at Twitter, too, with my paltry 4009 followers since joining in July 2010. This isn’t my first Twitter account, either, my tech account joined even sooner (I was in on the beta of Twitter, actually, but that’s a story for another blog and another day), but this account is the one I use most these days. You can see that I do try to follow back most of those who follow me. I figure that’s the courteous thing to do.

Nevermind that I’ve made piss-all effort to grow followers or promote followers in 10 years and have made only about 700 more tweets than the Brobible article’s author, but in 9 years more time! Perhaps, Mr. Ital will have many more followers than me when he has used Twitter for 10 years, and he most certainly will have more tweets, but who cares? What does any of this mean?

Nothing. Gas tank bone dry. Septic system just pumped. Lake drained.

My point is simple, I’m OK with bashing movies for sucking if someone feels that way after seeing it. I’m even OK with bashing a movie’s marketing and promotion (is that what’s happening here?). Go ahead and bash the idea of a sequel, although a sequel for the second biggest box office success of all time does make financial and logical sense. An audience is there. It’s a big world with lots of movie idea possibilities.

But I can’t get on bashing a movie based on the number of social media followers. Unless it’s all about clickbaiting, of course. And now I’m guilty of not only taking the bait but promoting it, so double dog shame on me.

In defense of Mr. Ital, he does admit he hates Avatar. So, using hate for motivation maybe number of Twitter followers for the Avatar account does make sense. And it gave me something humorous to riff off this morning, I guess, so thank you.

I digress. This isn’t about the article author or me. Let’s focus on the movie itself. Will it be successful? Who fricking knows?! Logic would suggest that if James Cameron directs a movie about someone taking a dump in an outhouse, it will sell tickets. He’d probably shoot that movie from inside the hole with some kind of smell-o-vision tech in hyper-3D and millions would flock to watch it.

Seriously, seriously.

We haven’t seen Avatar 2 yet. We won’t get to until December 2021. If it is delayed due to the pandemic, that’s not the fault of James Cameron and company, it’s what many movies are doing these days.

The main point of this post isn’t to bash the author for hating on a movie and its associated franchise — hate away, I support any critic’s right to love or hate a film — it’s to challenge the concept of social media followers having really anything to do with a movie’s business potential. If the movie is good, there will be people with millions of Twitter followers promoting it — for free. Movies don’t absolutely need Twitter accounts or heavy tweet marketing to be successful. Yes, it helps getting social media buzz around a movie, which I think is the fundamental premise behind the criticism in the linked article.

As always, I welcome contrarian viewpoints, just please keep it civil in the comments area. I don’t want to have to call upon my small number (not my opinion, by the way, I’m grateful to have 1 interested follower) of 4,009 followers on Twitter to rough anybody up 😉

35+ More Knives Out Reviews – and Sweaters!

This movie prop would be a great place to show off your sweater …

Sweaters made me laugh this morning. Man, who would think a trending Twitter hashtag involving the movie Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and sweaters would ever be united. It’s true.

It all started a couple days ago when video essayist Patrick Willems started the #KnivesOutChallenge. This challenge wasn’t anything complicated or even silly as so many internet “challenges” are. This one was something anybody could do. Simply post a picture of yourself wearing a sweater.

The Internet Is Having A Field Day Celebrating Knives Out With… Sweaters

We can thank Captain America’s Chris Evans for looking too good in a sweater. He’s the source of this tomfoolery.

Must admit it matches the jovial atmosphere of the film.

Theaters Can Be Cold — A More Practical Purpose for Sweaters

I should start wearing a sweater more often in the theater, but not because I’m following this silly sweater meme, because it gets freaking cold with the AC pouring in inside the theater. On numerous occasions, I’ve shivered during a movie. We usually bring a blanket. I can understand a chilly theater in the searing summer months, but not in winter.

Reviews by Others

The reviews are still trickling in for Knives Out. It’s #2 at the box office behind Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Did I miss your review? Please use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I’m looking for more movie-related blogs. Yes, even those who disagree with my reviews. If one lives in a bubble of only reading those with similar tastes, great movies can be missed.

  1. All things Movies UK: “The best thing about Knives Out is just how original it is. Sure, it follows a similar beat to the well explored ‘whodunit’ genre, but the film ultimately does it in an intriguing fashion,  keeping you guessing along the way. Shot well and sporting a perfect cast, this is a film determined to sweep away the winter blues!”
  2. bad critique: “…a film about how extreme wealth emotionally cripples and corrupts people.”
  3. Cinema and silliness: “…a pastiche of a very particular genre, but it’s an incredibly slick pastiche and the entertainment value of the film comes from its willingness to be playful, as well as sincere (when it needs to be). Despite being subversive in so many ways, Knives Out still ends up confirming to some murder mystery tropes. Yet, even then, it does so with a nod and a wink. Agatha Christie would approve.”
  4. Cinema Clown: “…one of the sharpest, smartest & slickest examples of its genre that presents Rian Johnson at the top of his game, for he is aware that the viewers like playing detective when it comes to whodunnit stories, and so he devises his modern take in ways that finds new means to pull the rug off our feet, defy our expectations and surprise us every now n then.”
  5. Cinephils Amigo: “A sharp, detailed, well written and engaging murder mystery”
  6. Daniel Robinson: From Reel to Reel (5/5): ” Deliriously good fun, modern and punchy with hilarious wit and intriguing twists, it demonstrates that Rian Johnson can handle a cast and a story like very few can. Bravo Johnson, Bravo.”
  7. Drew’s Movie Reviews: “Your classic whodunit script gets a twist and you won’t want to take your eyes off of the screen. The well-written script and excellent cast make Knives Out a thrilling ride from start to finish.”
  8. Dudefood / Old Dude: “…good entertainment and value for the money. It is funny, clever and till the end interesting.”
  9. Dylan and his Blog: “…is for sure one of my favorite movies of the year! I’m a big fan of mystery movies and I’ve always liked the concept of whodunit movies, but I’ve never been able to find one that I was really into until this one. Knives Out is sure to be one of those movies that you watch more than once because you want to look for any details you might have missed, but also because it’s just a really great movie!”
  10. Fast Film Reviews: (3.5/5) “Rian Johnson is keen on undermining expectations.  He deconstructs the whodunit in a way that plays with convention.  It’s not just about who did it, but also why and how.  These tidbits are revealed in a way that feels like the script is oh-so-very pleased with itself.  It’s snarky and knowing.”
  11. Gordon’s Culture Critiques: “An attempt to update this creaky Agatha Christie genre becomes repetitive. The abrupt tone changes aren’t justified. Homages to Hitchcock and Columbo can be appreciated in small doses but not over two hours.”
  12. Jarrid Gunn: “I had an absolute blast with this movie. I found that the murder mystery and ‘whodunit’ genre complemented Johnson’s style perfectly. His use of witty dialogue and comedy was well placed in the movie, which was backed up with some fantastic performances from a great ensemble of cast members.”
  13. Joe Peden / I see a Lot of Films: “…it’s a well-executed murder mystery which pays its respects to its influences with varying levels of subtlety and with a pace and intricacy that Jonson’s pal Edgar Wright would be proud of. There’s huge fun to be had, with Easter eggs and twists abound”
  14. Katie at the Movies (4/5): “Johnson’s movie lures in the audience with its crowd-pleasing antics, but ultimately punches us in the gut with a message that he wants to make sure we all hear.  It isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot of fun, and I think it’s the rare mystery that the audience will actually be able to gain more from in future viewings—even knowing how it ends.”
  15. Keith & The Movies (4/5): “…slaps a fresh coat of paint on the Agatha Christie murder-mystery in a way that could (and should) attract a new kind of audience. It’s a blast of a throwback film that embraces the basic tenets of the whodunit genre and then turns them on their heads.”
  16. Lucas O’Connor / The Drama King (9/10): “…great dialogue, visual style and relatable characters. Knives Out is a really funny, entertaining and enjoyable experience that shows what a great genre the whodunnit is and how much fun it can be. I would highly recommend Knives Out”
  17. Movies Unchained: “This film would not have worked had it not been for the perfect symbiosis of the many elements that made it a success – the cast, the script, the visuals and the guiding hand of a director who proves himself to be far more talented than those who dismiss him for his franchise work will account for. Perhaps one of the most unexpectedly great films of the year, Knives Out is simply not to be missed.”
  18. Mr. Movies (Grade: A-): ” walks a delicate tonal tightrope, and succeeds immensely thanks to fantastic direction, a great script filled with hilarious moments, excellent performances and technical elements, and another great score from Rian Johnson’s own cousin Nathan Johnson. You need to see Knives Out right now and take as many people as you can!”
  19. No But Listen: “Juggling genres, playing with amazing character actors, and laying on his dry sense of humour as thick as the script will allow it – this is Johnson at his best. And I can’t reccommend it enough.”
  20. notlefthandedfilmguy: “…it is definitely clever and intricately put together. Here’s the thing though; anyone that aims to take on Agatha Christie at her own game is simply not going to win. Johnson has made a really good effort but he just can’t compare to the master. The best whodunnits, and pretty much all of Christie’s work, have that wow moment.”
  21. No More Workhorse: “This is brilliantly plotted and will leave you guessing until the end. Extremely entertaining and intriguing it manages to put a classic twist on the murder mystery genre – something that I didn’t think it was possible to reinvent. Thoroughly enjoyable, this is one of the cleverest movies I’ve seen this year.”
  22. Often Off Topic: “I’ve been waiting for this movie for months. If you know me, you know I love a murder mystery, and I feel like Rian Johnson knew that and directed it just for me. I’ve only ever read one Agatha Christie novel (it was tough) but if you’re a fan this is definitely the movie for you.”
  23. Phil The Bear’s Film Reviews: “And if all the murder mystery self reverential references aren’t enough it does have a very clever actual murder mystery at its core. Where the solution actually feels organic to the absurd situation and one that I suspect on further watches will present more clues to the outcome.”
  24. Puzzle Doctor: “There is a problem with billing the film as a whodunit. The first major plot twist changes the direction of the film completely, making it possibly into a different sort of film.”
  25. Ramblings of a Supposed Writer: “Overall Knives Out was an amazing film and a brilliantly clever mystery. “
  26. Rock at the Movies (8/10): “Whatever grudges you may have had against Johnson for The Last Jedi should be freshly bowled over because Knives Out is a smartly entertaining film that is capping of a rather great year in film. Impressive stuff.”
  27. Screen Addict Reviews (9/10): “A mystery wrapped up in truth, hidden behind lies and shrouded darkness. This was one of the best movies I have seen all year.”
  28. Seeds for Autism: “I give this film an A+. it will be one of my favorite murder mystery films along with Clue and Murder on the Orient Express”
  29. shortfilmreviews: “…a fantastic revival of a classic genre, delivered with real care, attention to detail and a sense of fun, each of the stellar cast delivers exactly the performance you want and it gave me one of my most enjoyable cinema trips of the year.”
  30. Stan the Man Reviews (5/5): “Johnson knows how to balance the humorous with the mysterious as discovering the identity of the killer is always at the forefront, even when the audience thinks they know who’s responsible. As with all good murder mysteries, you don’t know until you really, really know. And you won’t know until Rian Johnson is ready to tell you.”
  31. Stories for Coffee: “While I understand that this Whodunnit doesn’t take itself too seriously considering there are a lot of humorous moments woven into the seriousness of the story’s setting, I wasn’t compelled by the direction the story took and wish we could have seen more scenes with the supporting characters whose personalities were so loud and absurd. “
  32. The Biased Reviewer (8.5/10): “I thoroughly enjoyed this film. As to be expected, it had plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. The acting was fantastic, I don’t think there was a single person miscast in their roles. It’ll definitely be added to the forever growing list of classics I’ll re-watch in the years to come.”
  33. The Practical Fanciful Pagan: “I’m not sure if there is enough there for Millennials to connect with, though one particularly mindful and well-educated associate of mine, aged twenty-seven, did enjoy the movie. In any case, I certainly did.”
  34. TK Theater Production: “…a great film that had many twists and turns that will get one guessing as it ran. Everyone did a great performance, the cinematography was really good, and it was a nice new take on the genre as a whole. This was something that one should definitely check out.”
  35. Wannabe Movie Critic (88/100): “It’s just a crap load of fun at the movies, you’ll be entertained the entire time, and it keeps you guessing the entire time, I thought I knew what was up within 10 minutes, I was so wrong. Just go see this movie so we can get more like it will ya.”
  36. We’ve Got Back Issues: “An utter hoot from start to finish (the final cracking of the case, despite basically involving people standing around and talking, is as exhilarating as any car chase) and very, VERY funny, Knives Out is just as sharp as it title implies.”

Have you seen Knives Out yet? Did you wear a sweater? If not, and you’re on Twitter, are you planning on joining in on the Twitter fun?