The young Grammy nominee Billie Eilish was recently in the Jimmy Kimmel Live. After the show, aired people heavily trolled the young star for not knowing who Van Halen is.
Billie Eilish on Jimmy Kimmel Live Source: Youtube
Should Eilish have known who Van Halen is? Or were the trolls too harsh on her? Let's find out. But first, a little background on Van Halen, just in case you're unaware, too.
Who is Van Halen?
Van Halen Rock band Source: Louder
Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972 until 1985. Van Halen consisted of Eddie Van Halen; Eddie's brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth; and bassist Michael Anthony.
During the 70s, Van Halen became one of the hardest working and most successful bands in the recording industry, releasing a string of multi-platinum albums in quick succession.
Billie is a Gen Z!
17-year-old Billie being a Generation Z not knowing about the 80s band, is not a big shocker, but she got trolled for not knowing about it. While making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last month, Kimmel compared himself to the 17-year-old singer, readily admitting he wasn't nearly as successful at that age. The "Bad Guy" singer prodded back about the host's current period, to which Kimmel replied, "Do you know who Madonna is?"
Eilish said she knew who The Material Girl was. However, it was the Van Halen comment that got people talking; when she admitted she wasn't familiar with the rock band, he responded, "I'm gonna start crying."
How can a 17-year-old be expected to know about a 30 year prior Rock band?
Fame might be becoming overwhelming for young Billie. Because of being young and famous, the pop star has become the new poster child for "those damn kids" for many rockers, even as she sings Green Day's praises on television and pays homage to death metal with her merch.
Now, Billie has a whole new generation of rock fans grumbling about her, as she admitted to Jimmy Kimmel that she doesn't know who Van Halen is.
Billie on the stage on coachella show Source: Weird
A bassist for Van Halen Wolf Van Halen tweeted, "If you haven't heard of @billieeilish, go check her out. She's cool. If you haven't heard of @VanHalen, go check them out. They're cool too.
Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us. Listen to what you want, and don't shame others for not knowing what you like."
Which is an accurate statement because the music industry should be about creating art and appreciating each other's work rather than bashing one another down.
Billie wearing a Heavy Metal beanie Source: Twitter
"I know u guys think that this is ok, and I get it, but...cmon girl, it's VAN HALEN."
Second wrote, "Who cares if a teenager doesn't know the music you knew when you were a teen?"
A third wrote, "I say this as a superfan: Van Halen has given Billie Eilish no reason to know who they are. They've done very little during her lifetime. Don't complain about other people's musical experience is different. Instead, share -- give people a reason to love what you love."
Watch: Billie Eilish on Jimmy Kimmel Live show
Moreover, people need to remember that Billie is very young and has much to discover. She has done some groundbreaking work, making her the Popstar of the current generation, a 17-year-old girl not knowing about Van Halen should not be a big deal.
Many Van Halen fans are outraged by the singer's statement, which should not have been such a big deal. Eilish has not made a statement about it, and knowing Billie, she wouldn't want to give any clarification as in the recent Vanity Fair interview, the 17-year-old said that this year, her goal is to stay happy and not let anything affect that.