Folk-rock icon David Crosby has upset legions of Eddie Van Halen fans by dismissing the late guitar great.
One Twitter follower asked the Crosby, Stills & Nash star for his opinion of the Jump hitmaker, Van Halen, who passed away from throat cancer on October 6.
Crosby’s response underwhelmed fans, as he replied simply: “Meh.”
Van Halen fans took exception to Crosby’s “rude” remark and challenged him to come up with something better, with L.A. Guns star Tracii Guns raging: “Wrong answer as f**k and rude as f**k!!! There are better ways to say you don’t care for someone’s music. That was very disrespectful. And yes straight out f**k you and your smug answer.”
The backlash prompted Crosby to return to Twitter and add: “Sorry… just meant he does not move me much.”
The singer-songwriter provided a further defence of his comments, writing: “(Jimi) Hendrix changed the world of guitar. Nobody else really.”
He reflected: “I get it… many of you loved Van Halen… and the one time I met (him) he was nice… and he was talented… meh to me means I don’t care that much… and I don’t… doesn’t mean he wasn’t good, he was but not for me.”