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Wolfgang Van Halen took a moment to pay tribute to his father, Eddie Van Halen, on what would have been his 66th birthday.

Wolfgang share a couple of home movie clips to social media along with the following message: “Happy 66th Birthday, Pop. I wish I could give you the biggest hug and celebrate it with you. I love and miss you so much it hurts. I don’t even know how to put it into words. I’ve been doing my best to hold it together, but goddammit it’s really tough being here without you. Not a second has gone by where you haven’t been on my mind, and today will be no different. Love and miss you beyond words, Pop.”

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Wolfgang released his debut solo single in November titled “Distance” under the name Mammoth WVH. The track serves as a tribute to his father. In a statement on the song, Wolfgang said, “‘Distance’ is a song that was initially written for the debut album, but was going to be held for a later time. As my pop continued to struggle with various health issued I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him.”

He continued, “While this song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their own life. 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.”

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