A short video clip has surfaced of Billie Eilish being interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel a couple weeks back, in which she apparently reveals that she doesn't know who Van Halen is. As Kimmel quizzes her on various musical acts, he asks, "Can you name a Van Halen?" Eilish responds, "Who?" Kimmel retorts, "I'm gonna start crying."
The clip has caused an uproar on Twitter, with older rock fans taking the 17-year-old alternative star to task for her lack of knowledge — even if Eilish was only 10 when the last Van Halen album came out in 2012 — while those under a certain age don't care either if she knows who Van Halen is or not.
Current Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, who's only 28 years old, weighed in as well, tweeting, "If you haven’t heard of @billieeilish, go check her out. She’s cool. If you haven’t heard of @VanHalen, go check them out. They’re cool too. 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."
In Eilish’s defense, Van Halen have been largely inactive since she entered her teen years. She was 13 when they played their most recent concert, in October 2015, and the band seemingly have no plans to play any more in the near future. Rumors have also been rampant lately about guitarist Eddie Van Halen being in poor health.
Eilish is nominated for six Grammy Awards this year for her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?