David Crosby apologizes for ‘meh’ response to Eddie Van Halen’s death
Fans didn’t appreciate his com-meh-moration.
Rock ‘n’ roll legend David Crosby has apologized for an obtuse tweet he sent about the late Eddie Van Halen following the guitar god’s death at 65. The Crosby, Stills & Nash singer, 79, had replied to a fan query last week about his opinion about Van Halen’s musical prowess with a flippant “meh,” sparking outrage among music lovers, many of whom dubbed his response “disrespectful” and “lacking empathy.”
He then dug himself in deeper by subsequently declaring that “Hendrix changed the world of guitar” and Van Halen was “not for me.”
“Yes, you Van Halen fans, I did just toss off an answer that was not cool,” Crosby tweeted Tuesday about his tone-deaf reply.
However, the Byrds founder claimed he also hadn’t been aware of the rock icon’s passing: “The even more embarrassing truth is I didn’t even remember he had just died or I would have kept my mouth shut. … I do make mistakes. No offense intended.”
Crosby also retweeted someone who wrote, “I’m a Van Halen fan for sure, but I can also understand your ‘meh’ response to mean that he wasn’t your cup of tea, but you didn’t mean to disrespect a recently deceased person.”
“Exactly,” Crosby added.
Crosby’s Twitter mea culpa has received support online.
“Good move, David. Thanks for this tweet,” wrote Steve Silberman, author of “NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism.”
Another fan tweeted: “I was going to jump on here and send you a message about being respectful of those artists who pass away. But this tweet is pitch perfect. We do all make mistakes and we need more forgiveness in this world.”
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