Wolfgang Van Halen Defends Billie Eilish for Not Knowing Van Halen
How many Van Halen songs can you name? Apparently Billie Eilish can't name any, as she made evident on a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. The video clip has since gone viral, and one of the band's very own, Wolfgang Van Halen, has defended her.
Kimmel was obviously trying to test the 17-year-old pop sensation's music history knowledge, because he started by questioning whether she was familiar with Madonna. After Eilish passed this first round, he asked her to "name a Van Halen." She stared back in confusion and asked, "Who?"
"I'm gonna start crying," Kimmel joked. Watch the video below.
The internet can be a cruel place — the video has been all over social media, mocking Eilish for her reaction. In reality, no one even knows whether the pop star was being sarcastic or if she was being serious. Regardless, Wolfgang stepped up to the plate on Twitter and defended the young artist.
"If you haven't heard of Billie Eilish, go check her out. She's cool. If you haven't heard of Van Halen, go check them out. They're cool too," Van Halen wrote. "Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us. Listen to what you want and don’t shame others for not knowing what you like."
Eilish was just named 2019's Favorite Alternative Rock Artist at the American Music Awards. She also recently sported a shirt with Type O Negative, Rob Zombie and Cradle of Filth's logos on it, and was backed by Type O's Kenny Hickey for it. She may be a pop star, but she's certainly got the aesthetic of a badass.
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