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Mammoth WVH’s Eddie Van Halen Tribute ‘Distance’ Rules Mainstream Rock Airplay

The act is fronted by Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang.

“Distance,” Wolfgang Van Halen’s tribute to his late father Eddie Van Halen with his band Mammoth WVH, rises to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart dated Feb. 27.

Mammoth WVH reigns with its first charting title. It’s the first act to make such a first impression since Dirty Honey, with “When I’m Gone” in October 2019.

Mammoth WVH is also the first act with any initial No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Airplay since Corey Taylor, who scored his first solo leader, “Black Eyes Blue,” last October after rulers with Stone Sour.


Van Halen, with Eddie as a member, racked up 13 Mainstream Rock Airplay No. 1s, the third-most in the chart’s nearly 40-year history.

“Distance” dominated the multi-metric Hot Hard Rock Songs tally dated Nov. 28, 2020; it jumps 10-6 on the latest ranking. It also places at No. 11 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock Airplay chart with 3 million impressions, according to MRC Data.

Mammoth WVH’s self-titled debut album is due June 11. Another song, “You’re to Blame,” has been released from the project so far; it concurrently bows at Nos. 8 and 23, respectively, on the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales and Rock Digital Song Sales charts with 1,000 downloads sold.