Porcupine Tree founder Steven Wilson was recently interviewed by Face Culture. During the interview Wilson was asked if he was impacted by Eddie Van Halen’s passing.
“Honestly, it didn’t, because I was never a fan,” Wilson said. “I know he’s an extraordinary musician, and it’s always sad when an extraordinary artist dies. I was never a fan of the so-called shredder mentality. And I think in many ways he was the father of that whole kind of movement.”
Replying to the interview Wolfgang Van Halen said, “Damn this bums me out hard. What hurts is that he seems to only view Pop as a “shredder” when in my opinion he was anything but.”
“Pop had melody and finesse like NO other “shredder” that swam in his wake ever had (in my opinion) and on top of that he was an incredible songwriter.”
Wilson later tweeted an apology to Wolfgang saying: “Dear @WolfVanHalen, apologies, no disrespect was meant to your father, an extraordinary musician. I personally never owned any @VanHalen records and didn’t ever get into the style of playing, but he was clearly an innovator.”
Wilson continued: “So when asked about his passing I couldn’t honestly say I was affected deeply by it, at least not in the way that my heroes Bowie or Prince’s passing had affected me.”
“This statement was given in honest humility. Forgive me for any offence unintentionally given, and I offer my deepest condolences. SW.”
Wolfgang replied to Wilson’s tweet saying: “Incredibly kind of you to say, @StevenWilsonHQ. I meant no ill will in my previous tweets. The internet was exacerbating what you had said, as the internet tends to do. Still very kind of you. Be well, friend.”