Crosby also said that Van Halen’s musical skills were pale in comparison to Jimi Hendrix’s.
“Hendrix changed the world of the guitar. No one else really, ”he nodded.
Perhaps the most dismissive of all was Crosby’s first word about Van Halen’s career: “meh”.
– David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) October 10, 2020
Now Crosby has gone back to his comments, admitting that he didn’t realize the guitarist had passed away recently.
“Yeah, you Van Halen fans, I just threw in a response that wasn’t cool,” Crosby wrote in a tweet Oct. 14.
“The even more embarrassing truth is… I didn’t even remember that he had just died or I would have kept my mouth shut…. I make mistakes… without wanting to offend ”.
yes you Van Halen fans I just threw out an uncool response… the even more embarrassing truth is… I didn’t even remember that he had just died or I would have kept my mouth shut… I make mistakes … no intentional infringement
– David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) October 13, 2020
David Crosby’s first comments drew the wrath of several notable musicians, including Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Tracii Guns of LA Guns.
“I have always hated [David Crosby] AND his mustache, ”Snider wrote in response to Crosby’s initial comments.
Eddie Van Halen died on October 6 following a battle with throat cancer. Tributes from several of Van Halen’s contemporaries, including Tony Iommi, Sammy Hagar and Ozzy Osbourne.