See Mammoth WVH play ‘Distance’ Acoustic Live for the first time

Mammoth WVH is currently on the road with fellow Dirty Honey rockers for their Young guns tour, but some things were different for the band at last night’s show (March 30). Wolfgang Van Halen tackled “Distance” acoustics – and by himself – for the first time.

The show took place at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, and Mammoth played their set first. It was the band’s first time performing as a trio, as their current touring guitarist Jon Jourdan was unable to make the show. Guitarist Frank Sidoris had previously toured with Mammoth, but is currently on the road with Slash and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

When it came time for the band to play the heartbreaking “Distance,” which was written for Van Halen’s father, Eddie Van Halen, he approached the microphone with an acoustic guitar.

“I know there are parts missing, but I’m trying my best, man. I’m so sorry,” Van Halen told the crowd. “When it comes to this next song, there were so many parts that I decided to take it apart.”

This streamlined live rendition of the song really allowed Van Halen’s vocals to shine, and it created an emotional atmosphere in the crowd. And to make the water flow, the band played a cover of “My Hero” by the Foo Fighters right after, in tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins.

“Normally in the set of this whole tour that we’ve done so far, except for the last two shows, we’ve done a song that we really like by a band that we really like,” Van Halen explained. to the audience, as someone shouted “My hero”.

“I see you have Twitter, my friend,” the rocker laughed. “Guys, I miss Taylor Hawkins, so we’re going to play ‘My Hero’, are you okay with that?”

See fan filmed footage of both songs below.

Setlist.fm notes that prior to Hawkins’ death, Mammoth had instead done a cover of Alice in Chains’ “Them Bones”.

the Young guns the tour continues tonight in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Check the remaining dates on the tour website.

Mammoth WVH – ‘Distance’ (Live Acoustics)

Mammoth WVH – ‘My Hero’ (Foo Fighters cover)

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