ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Image Group LAVan Halen is trending on Twitter today, but it’s not because the band has announced any tours or new music. No, it’s because Billie Eilish doesn’t know who they are.
During an interview on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! two weeks ago, host Jimmy Kimmel tested the 17-year-old phenom’s knowledge of older pop culture. At one point, he asks Eilish, “Can you name a Van Halen?” “Who?” she responded.
The clip then resurfaced online when someone tweeted, “Billie Eilish didn’t know who Van Halen was, I’m sobbing.” While some people were shocked and appalled by this idea, another user than quote-retweeted the original tweet, and added “Wow 17 year old girl doesn’t know of a band [whose] peak was nearly 40 years ago, that’s crazy aha.” As of Monday afternoon, that tweet’s been retweeted over 32 thousand times.
It seems that the only way this can end is if Kimmel brings back his “MashUp Monday” segment and invites Eilish and Van Halen to perform “Runnin’ with the Bad Guy.”
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