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    The link is at the VHND. Here's the article:

    "I look shorter in person," said Van Halen bass virtuoso Michael Anthony, who slipped into a La Jolla art gallery a couple of weeks ago. Unbeknownst to passersby along La Jolla's main drag or young couples sipping their chai on the sidewalk, the legendary bassist known for his hard-rock style and flashy improvisation, along with his working-class looks and attitude, was hanging out amongst the art patrons right next door to Starbucks on Prospect Street.

    Inside the gallery, Anthony, who was joined by his wife, signed a few autographs and received a hand-painted guitar from well-known surf artist Christian Lassen. "It's something that I will probably use in the studio and when we go out live this year," Anthony said. The guitar is a five-string Yamaha electric bass that Lassen meticulously hand-painted with a black-light underwater illustration of blue dolphins amidst a celestial background. The fret board is interspersed with planets and stars, and the headstock features a dolphin swimming among the tuning keys.

    Said Lassen, whose paintings reportedly command as much as $140,000, "I hope it's not going to be one of the ones he smashes into the drum kit."

    "I met [Lassen] about nine years ago in Maui. He was a big fan of Van Halen," said Anthony, who lives in the Glendora area. "My wife and I go to Hawaii, like, once or twice a year, and I commissioned him to do a painting." Lassen is a well-known '80s surfer who appeared on the cover of Surfer magazine numerous times. Now in his late 40s, Lassen operates galleries all over the world dedicated exclusively to his art, which features many "above-and-below" underwater landscapes, but also abstracts and nudes. His images are licensed to appear on various items and apparel, including backpacks, diving gear, and beach towels. Over the years, Lassen and Anthony have worked together for various causes, and the La Jolla event included a silent auction that raised money for the UCSD Burn Center and "Friends of the Sea Lions."

    Anthony has been in the studio with Lassen, and he provided background vocals on one of Lassen's CDs. Talk of a new Van Halen album has been circulating for some time now. No one seems to know who will be the lead singer when that tour happens. Anthony would only confirm that the singer is "really well known."

    -- Kristen Collier

    Take note of this quote: "It's something that I will probably use in the studio and when we go out live this year," Anthony said.

    At least now we can safely say that there WILL be an album and tour THIS YEAR!

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    [This message has been edited by Bassman (edited February 20, 2001 at 04:17 PM).]

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    I'd love to see a picture of that custom painted bass guitar. It sounds really cool looking.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bassman:
    I will probably use in the studio and when we go out live this year," Anthony said.
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    Now why cant Ed, Al or Dave say this?

    Didnt seem that hard to me.

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    Damn, I guess I need to get up to La Jolla more often. Starbucks especially!

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    If they don't tour until Fall, and tickets are very expensive, that may not go over too well with many due to the fact that the holidays will be approaching.
    I see some sort of tour no later than August.

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    Cool! That's just further proof that Mike is the best and cares a lot about the fans. =VH= will be back in 2001, baby!

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    Way to go Mikey

    We've got Mikey, Dweezil, Eddie's NAMM video - that's enough proof for me.

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