A few years back, Bass Player Magazine interviewed Wolfgang Van Halen. I don't recall much from the interview because it was one of the few that I didn't read more than once, and I was not able to find it online today. I was ambivalent about the band politics of Michael Anthony out and a third member of the Van Halen family in. What turned me off was a comment Wolfgang made about not needing to know theory. Yeah, I know it was a teenager being interviewed, but I took offense to what I thought was a flippant response (yes, all Peter Cetera wants to know "is it a major or minor key" but even this shows far more interest and knowledge than Mr. Van Halen expressed). Since the interview I've been dismissive of the band Van Halen. Fast-forward to December 2019 and the controversy over 17-year-old singer-song writer Billie Eilish not knowing anything about the band Van Halen. While some on social media expressed outrage, Wolfgang showed wisdom and maturity when he 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." I think I'll see if Van Halen has a new CD out. Update: they don't.