Steven Wilson teases a collaboration with Biffy Clyro

What could the two artists be planning?

Steven Wilson, Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro

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Prog guitarist Steven Wilson has teased a collaboration with rock band Biffy Clyro, arriving tomorrow (11 June.).

Not much information has been unveiled, with Wilson taking to social media to post just the words “Steven Wilson x Biffy Clyro” and give tomorrow’s date. The photo accompanying the post does feature the acronym “TFB”, a shortening of The Future Bites, Wilson’s latest album.

Eagle-eyed fans have spotted that the tease is most likely in relation to a new listing that’s popped up on Apple Music. The streaming song is a remix of Wilson’s single Personal Shopper, credited to Biffy Clyro. Whether any other collaborations between Wilson and Biffy Clryo are in the works is unknown.

Wilson recently caused a stir by crediting Eddie Van Halen with the invention of the “so-called shredder mentality” that he dislikes. His comments caused him to apologise to Eddie’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, for how he phrased his criticism. On Twitter, he wrote:

“Dear Wolfgang Van Halen, apologies, no disrespect was meant to your father, an extraordinary musician,” he wrote. “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.”

The tweets continued: “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 offence unintentionally given, and I offer my deepest condolences. SW.”

Wolfgang accepted the apology in a tweet of his own, which read: “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.”

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