The classic-lineup Van Halen reunion that David Lee Roth had hinted at for 2019 ended up getting the plug pulled, but even if it did happen, would anyone know who Van Halen was anyway???

Along with Athleisure and TikTok memes, not knowing Van Halen is shaping up to be one of the hottest trends of 2019. Here are the top three times people didn't know who Van Halen was in 2019:

1. David Lee Roth in a casino knocking on the door of some bros who were blasting Van Halen

With no Van Halen reunion, David Lee Roth instead has his eyes set on a 2020 Las Vegas residency, and DLR was also in Vegas earlier this year to attend Electric Daisy Carnival, where he filmed some stuff for his video podcast The Roth Show. While in his hotel, he heard a bachelor party blasting Van Halen in their room, so he decided to knock on their door and say hello to these bros, who clearly did not immediately realize they were being greeted by the singer of the band they were listening to:

2. Guy who asked Eddie Van Halen to take his picture at Tool show

Tool have been touring this year behind their long-awaited new album Fear Inoculum, and before they really started to crack down on cell phones, some guy at the LA show on 10/22 asked another attendee if he would take his photo with the stage behind him. What that guy definitely didn't realize, is the man he asked was none other than Eddie Van Halen, who was attending the concert with his son Wolf, who broke this important news on Twitter:

3. Billie Eilish when Jimmy Kimmel asked her to name a Van Halen member

Billie Eilish -- in case you haven't heard -- is young. Because she is young, Jimmy Kimmel wanted to see if she was familiar with older musicians, like Madonna (yes), Cyndi Lauper (yes), Huey Lewis (no), Run DMC (no), and, you guessed it, Van Halen. Jimmy asked "Can you name a Van Halen?" and Billie replied "...who?" Jimmy said he's "gonna start crying." However, the very same Wolf Van Halen who posted the pic of the Tool fan guy is on Billie's side. "If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish, go check her out. She’s cool. If you haven’t heard of Van Halen, go check them out. They’re cool too," he tweeted. "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." Wolf Van Halen, the voice of unity.


There you have it, the top three times in 2019 that someone didn't know who Van Halen was. A sad day indeed for Eddie and Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and that other guy.