Mammoth WVH’s founder Wolfgang Van Halen recently posted a tweet on his Twitter account which led to a conversation with Steven Wilson, who had previously stated that he was not that affected by Eddie Van Halen’s passing.

As you may recall, Wolf’s father, the iconic guitarist Eddie Van Halen, passed away on October 6, 2020, after battling cancer for over five years. His death was mourned by millions all over the world but was especially hard for his family and friends. Wolf started writing ‘Distance‘ when his father was still alive as a means of coping with his father’s illness.

Wolf released ‘Distance’ on November 16, 2020, as a tribute to his father, friend, and bandmate. It was a huge hit and even ranked Number 1 -higher than AC/DC’s new tracks- on the Billboard charts. However, keeping busy didn’t distract Wolf from his father’s loss and he has been quite vocal about the pain he felt and still feels.

Thus, when Steven Wilson, one of Wolf’s favorite artists said that he was not that affected by Eddie’s passing, that broke Wolf’s heart. However, Steven soon posted three tweets explaining why he said that. Wilson said that Eddie was an extraordinary musician and he was sad to hear about his passing but not as sad as when he heard about Prince or Bowie, as they were his heroes.

Here’s what Wolf said about the article on Steven Wilson and his attitude towards Eddie’s passing:

“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.”

This is what Steven said in his tweet:

“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.”

To which Wolf responded:

“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 check out all the tweets below.