Steven Wilson Explains What He Actually Thinks About Eddie Van Halen And Apologizes To Wolfgang

The former frontman of Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson has taken his Twitter account to send an apology message to Wolfgang Van Halen following his comments about Eddie Van Halen’s death, which didn’t affect him much according to his previous statements.

As you might remember, well-known English singer and songwriter Steven Wilson talked about how he felt hearing the Van Halen co-founder and renowned guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away. Unlike the reaction of many people around the world, Wilson stated that he wasn’t affected much by the death of Eddie since he was never a fan of his music.

Here is what Steven Wilson stated about Eddie Van Halen’s death:

“Honestly, it didn’t. Because I was never a fan. I know he’s an extraordinary musician and it’s always sad when an extraordinary artist dies, but 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.

I never understood that playing as fast as you can think – and I know that wasn’t all he did, I know he was a more flexible musician than that – but I think that the legacy Eddie Van Halen has is in creating the shredder phenomenon, which is something so vile to me, that kind of idea that you play music almost like you’re playing an Olympic sport is kind of an anathema to my kind of ideas on creativity and music.”

Soon later, Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen posted a tweet about Steven Wilson’s comments on his father’s devastating death. In his tweet, Wolf mentioned that he wasn’t angry with Steven for his statement about his father, however, he said that his remarks on Eddie’s legacy bummed him out hard since he was a huge fan of Wilson’s music.

Here is what Wolfgang Van Halen stated about Steven Wilson’s comments:

“Damn this bums me out hard. Been a huge fan of his for years. Deadwing is one of my favorite albums of all time. Although… the title is a little too clickbait-y, because what he said really wasn’t that rude.”

Recently, Steven Wilson posted a series of tweets on his official Twitter account to apologize to Wolfgang Van Halen regarding his comments about his father and his music. In his tweet, Wilson stated that he never owned any of Van Halen’s records since he isn’t a fan of the band’s music, however, he pointed out that Eddie was ‘clearly an incredible innovator.’

Wolf Van Halen also responded to Wilson’s sincere explanation about his previous comments about Eddie and his music by posting a tweet on his Twitter account. In his tweet, Wolfgang stated that the internet was exacerbating what he had said about his father so he wasn’t offended by the comments at all. He also added that it was very kind of Steven to send such a message to clarify any possible misunderstanding about his comments.

Here’s how Steven Wilson apologized to Wolfgang Van Halen:

“Dear Wolf Van Halen, apologies, no disrespect was meant to your father, an extraordinary musician. I personally never owned any Van Halen records and didn’t ever get into the style of playing, but he was clearly an incredible innovator.

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 offense unintentionally given, and I offer my deepest condolences. SW”

Here is how Wolfgang responded to Steven’s tweets:

Incredibly kind of you to say, Steven Wilson. I meant no ill will in my previous tweets. As I said, the internet was exacerbating what you had said, as the internet tends to do. Still very kind of you. Be well, friend

You can see the tweets Steven Wilson and Wolfgang Van Halen posted on Twitter below.