The tweet’s dismissive tone immediately sparked backlash, as a chorus of Van Halen fans criticized Crosby for his response.
“Fuck that guy,” LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns said of Crosby. “Fuck that answer and especially fuck this guy.” I don’t care what anybody says. This is David bullshit.
Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider retweeted Guns’ remarks, adding that he “always hated @thedavidcrosby AND his mustache”.
Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick took a more diplomatic approach, tweeting: “I like @thedavidcrosby too much for it to bother, but a much better answer would have been, ‘I know he meant a lot to a lot but his sound & style just wasn’t my thing. ”
Following outrage from celebrities and fans, Crosby clarified his position, saying in part, “Look, I get it. Many of you loved Van Halen. And the only time I met him he was nice. And he was talented. Meh to me means I don’t care. And not me. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t good, he was, but not for me.
One follower came up with a better way to get Crosby across, suggesting the rocker should have said, “I don’t care about the end product, it’s just not my style. But there is no doubt about his talent and the revolution he has brought to the entire industry. Crosby retweeted the post and called it “better.”