Alex Van Halen Reminds That Not Everybody Cares About Social Media

The rock guitar god Eddie may have fallen, but his spirit lives on

When perusing the news, I tend to avoid a lot of stories involving he said this, she said that, he did this, she did that — on social media — because at the end of the day, does it really matter? Just because something is trending on Twitter, does that mean it’s really the most important thing happening in the world?

That’s not to say trending topics aren’t important. Some are. Some are worth further exploration and discussion, but a lot of it is the kind of water cooler BS that in a day, week or month is forgotten. Why waste valuable time digging deeper into that bottomless pit?

Have mentioned before there is a circle jerk fascination with social media, in that many think these days that the world revolves around what happens with Twitter, Facebook. Insta and so on. If you’re not plugged in and active on these platforms, some think you’re just dead to the world.

I’m plugged into them, use them, but definitely limit my time on them. That’s the healthy approach for me. How much time do you spend on them?

Alex Van Halen conducted an interview in August 2020, ahead of his brother Eddie’s death and talked about why they don’t say more on the internet. You might find his point of view refreshing.

“All these people are writing books about the band and they know nothing about the inner workings of this band,” Alex explained in an interview with Modern Drummer, conducted in August 2020 and recently published as part of the Modern Drummer Legends Vol. 2 – Alex Van Halen book. “And Ed and I don’t say anything because we’re not in the business of bullshitting on the internet and books and all that kind of crap. We just want to play. It’s that simple.”

Alex Van Halen is ‘Not in the Business of Bulls—ting’ Online

Some have called Van Halen’s lack of information and communication through social media cause for alarm, but Alex puts it rather simply: they just didn’t care about talking online. They made their music privately and when it was ready to share with the world, they did.

Wolfgang, perhaps because he’s from a different generation, is much more active on social media than his uncle and late father. He’s likely to take a more conventional approach to his own solo music, Mammoth WVH (see: Wolfgang Van Halen Releases New Song “Distance” Dedicated to Father with Video)

This isn’t to criticize those who do spend a lot of time on social media. It’s your life, your time, spend it wherever you want. Just saying sometimes pulling away and looking at where you are spending most of your time and evaluating the return value is worthwhile.

This is why I always try and thank readers for whatever time you spend here. Even if it’s just passing by here and there or read every day. I’ll try, whenever possible, to cut through the BS online. Whatever time you are giving reading and spending on this website and/or watching our review videos is appreciated. Thank you.

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 –

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: 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.

The Afterlife Just Picked Up An Amazing Guitarist: Eddie Van Halen Dead at 65

Sad rock and roll news, and not related to pandemic.

We could say it’s not related to movies and TV either, but I think there’s a Van Halen soundtrack for some movie coming someday in the future (hint, hint). Maybe it’s not been released yet, but it deserves to be someday (we can dream, anyway!). I know Van Halen did a song for the movie Twister, but I’m talking something like Motley Crue’s The Dirt or Rocketman.

A mighty axeman has fallen: Edward Van Halen will be playing his licks in the afterlife, and I bet those solos will be scorching.

The announcement was made by his son, Wolfgang.

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this,” the statement said, “but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning. He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.”

Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65 : NPR

Many condolences to the Van Halen family. I know Sammy Hagar kept trying to get the band back together for one final run, but it didn’t happen. I think Eddie was sicker than anybody was letting on.

Eddie had been laying low and we asked a year ago about his sickness: Is Eddie Sick? Don’t Want to “Hear About It Later” Van Halen Deserves An “Unchained” Music Movie “Right Now” This wasn’t meant as some personal invasion of privacy type post, I think he’s a public enough figure that a lot of fans cared about his well being. Let us know how he’s doing. I get some people just don’t want to tell you when they are sick. Too bad, because a lot of people could have sent their love and well wishes.

Van Halen will always be the party band of the 80s. These guys just knew how to play fun rock and roll. Great band that had a ton of great songs. Consider myself fortunate to have seen them on their tour with Wolf on bass. They rocked Seattle that night.

Eddie is rumored to have recorded a ton of music in his 5150 studio. Would love if they release some of that, perhaps as a soundtrack to a biopic about the band.

RIP Eddie Van Halen.

Is Eddie Sick? Don’t Want to “Hear About It Later” Van Halen Deserves An “Unchained” Music Movie “Right Now”

Since 2018, there has been a resurgence of music movies: Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), Elton John in Rocketman, Judy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Garland), Yesterday ⭐️⭐️½  (celebrating the iconic music of The Beatles), Blinded By The Light ⭐️½  (fictional story inspired by music of Bruce Springsteen), and more…

Van Halen LIVE 6/12/81 Oakland Coliseum starts with “Hear About It Later”

For quite some time there has been speculation that legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s health has not been well. He had part of his tongue removed while battling cancer 20 years ago and it seemed like he had the disease in remission.

The band reunited with singer David Lee Roth and used Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass instead of Michael Anthony and did an arena tour, then released a new album “A Different Kind of Truth” and then another tour and since then … nothing.

Our sources say … Eddie has flown to Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment, and for the most part it’s worked to keep the disease in check.

Eddie Van Halen Traveling to Germany for Throat Cancer Treatment

David Lee Roth recently had made it sound like Van Halen as we know it is done, and instead working on a Las Vegas residency with his own band. Meanwhile, what’s happening with Eddie? Nobody is talking.

And out comes this news from gossip mongering site TMZ that their “sources” indicate that Eddie Van Halen’s throat cancer has returned and/or never completely went out of remission. Eddie is rumored to be taking plane trips out of the country to get radiation treatments over the past five years.

And then there is video of what appears like medical equipment in the background of a Facebook post leading to even more rumor and speculation. Meanwhile, the Van Halen camp has release no official news. They have always been quiet and only speak to the media when they want to say something.

This is the kind of drama that is either incredibly personally invasive to speak about or, when you’re a band as big as Van Halen, fodder for a movie.

Even without Eddie’s cancer, the Van Halen rock and roll story deserves to be told in a moderate budget film. Why do they have to end the band like Motley Crue did before we can get some kind of music biopic about them?

Here we talk movies, not the rock band rumor mill, BUT the reason this is here is to cover a band that would/will someday make a great movie. Van Halen has all the drama of a script along the lines of Motley Crue, The Dirt that came out on Netflix this year.

Obviously, I hope the rumors are false and/or greatly exaggerated. I grew up with Van Halen and it saddens me to think anybody dying of cancer, including guitar god Eddie. Too many great musicians and bands that were popular during my lifetime are either on their last tour (literally), already gone, or close to hanging it up due to old age and/or health.

Someday we’re going to get a Van Halen movie.

I rewatched on Amazon Prime Video, Van Halen: The Early Years ⭐️⭐️⭐️½  – It’s a good start for those who want to learn more about the history of the band. No idea what is going on for certain right now, but hopefully Eddie is OK and the boys will be rocking again soon.