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    Atomic Punk
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    Default So, Who's Met Mike?

    I'm sure plenty of you have met Mike sometime in your life. I, sadly, have never had that luxury, but those of you who've been attending shows regularly since 1981 probably have some cool stories you'd like to share.

    One of these days, I'd like to meet the man, shake his hand and perhaps just chill with him sometime. He's probably the only member of Van Halen, past or present, I'd like to meet personally.
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    I did, briefly at a meet & greet back in Sydney in 1998 along with Ed, Al & Gary.
    “And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever – that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys. Van Halen is an indelicate house blend of both – that’s intentionally. So I would always look forward to that reunion.” - David Lee Roth

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    Yup at a (uggh) VH 3 album party. AL was a cock, Gary too, Ed was baked but very cool. One thing bout bands: usually the guy with the least amount of pull in the band is 'the fan Favorite" cuz really no one else want's his time. Tthe other "star's" are busy. Ringo, fan fav, Jason Newstead, Fan Fav, Larry Mullin, fan fav etc. Mike was the most grascious, remembered my name, spoke a while, very cool guy, smiling, happy to be there.

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    I've met Mikey twice...first time was in Toronto in '98 for the meet and greet at Sam The Record Man as part of the VHIII release promo...second was last summer on The Other Half tour with Sammy at Darien Lake, ran into him backstage before he came on to play when i had the onstage tickets...autographed my t-shirt...Kevin Dugan gave me one of Mike's picks because it was my birthday...also was lucky enough to get his autograph during the '04 tour five star package at soundcheck...cool dude.
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    I met him at NAMM a couple years back, like everyone elses experience he was very cool and took a couple of minutes to chat with me (and everyone else there).

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    8 years ago, I worked at the same school that his daughter was attending. Believe or don't both his girls attended public school, which said a lot in my book. To me he could've sent his girls anywhere, but he sent him to the local public schools seemingly so they could "be" just like all the other kids. Anyways.
    He would pick his daughter up pretty often from school, and was so fuckin' cool. He looked amazingly enough.....like a parent doing his parental duty. Imagine that???!!? Anyhow, I got to shake his hand, and tell him how much I dug Van Halen. After that, I saw him on several other occasions most notable checkin' out a volleyball game with his wife in our school gym. As hard as it was I just left him alone because I totally wanted to drill his brain about VH (Gary hadn't been announced yet.) But, for me it was exciting everytime I saw him. Not just because it was Michael Anthony....but moreso because here was a famous rocker in one of the biggest bands in the world, and he was actually fuckin' cool.....and oh my gosh being a great Dad. I'll never forget it.... Oh yes....he did sign my Fair Warning, Diver Down, VHII, and the Live Right here Right now CD's because they were the only ones I had in my car at the time.
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    Met him 3 times.

    Once at a Meet and Greet at the LA Forum for the "Balance" tour. Got a picture with the whole band, very cool.

    Met him again (with Top Timmy) at the Atomic Punks show in 2003 when he jammed with them at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Actually got a chance to talk to him, sitting backstage and even got to plink around on his bass a little.

    The last time was totally coincidence. Saw him at Disneyland (I know he loves Disneyland) maybe a year later. He was with his entire family, I went up to him and said "Hello" real fast. He was really cool that time as well, said he remembered me from the Punks show.

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    This thread needs some pics, IMO..

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    It's funny but I've had more words with Ed than I have any other member of the band.
    Sammy did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it.
    Michael did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it.
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    Q: who was the biggest douche that you have worked with?

    A: Eddie Van Halen hands down he threatened all the stage hands that if we wernt all pushed to the side when he got off stage that he would "bash our faces in"

    Now the new David-Lee-Roth-Van Halen album, “Tokyo Dome In Concert,” is available for purchase, and it’s super, super, super, super, super, super, crazy bad. - Doug Elfman

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    I got to shake Mike's hand thanks to the 5 star in Indy '04.

    He was the ONLY ONE around backstage after the soundcheck to meet the fans.

    During soundcheck, Eddie came out and the first thing he said was..."It's hotter n shit" (which it was).

    He rambled about some stuff which I couldn't understand because of everyone yelling "Eddie" and trying to get his attention.

    Later, some guy handed him a pick and he became facinated with it. Not sure what kind it was, but the pick had Eddie's strict attention.

    Someone also handed him a bottle of wine, which he took and sat on Al's drum kit.

    Eddie also answered somebody's question about smoking, so he went into his "smoking didn't cause the cancer, it was a metal pick" defense.

    After soundcheck, Al signed a few autographs, stage left and that was it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fullbug5150 View Post
    AL was a cock, Gary too,
    What happened here? I thought Gary was a laid back kinda dude?

    I got to meet Mike on his hot sauce tour in December 2005. I was first in line at the Hard Rock and waited 3 and a half hours for him. Couldn't have been a nicer, awesome dude. He shook my hand and I thanked him for 30 years of great music. He said glad you enjoyed it and signed my still unopened bottle of hot sauce. He also astounded by my CVH shirt and commented how cool it was. Made me turn to Kevin and show him - couldn't care less, he didnt look like he wanted to be there.
    I'm happy that I got to meet my hero and shake his hand.
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    I gotta say, Mike and Al did sign the drawing I'd done of the band. I had asked Mikey if he was having fun (after the soundcheck), he looked around the arena and said "what do you think?". I wanna be doing what you do Mike!!!
    Sammy did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it.
    Michael did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it.
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    Q: who was the biggest douche that you have worked with?

    A: Eddie Van Halen hands down he threatened all the stage hands that if we wernt all pushed to the side when he got off stage that he would "bash our faces in"

    Now the new David-Lee-Roth-Van Halen album, “Tokyo Dome In Concert,” is available for purchase, and it’s super, super, super, super, super, super, crazy bad. - Doug Elfman

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    Quote Originally Posted by bottagetta View Post
    This thread needs some pics, IMO..
    Sure... tell me how and I'll share some pix from the Livin' it up tour last year...
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    I met him in '95 at a guitar shop...asked him if Van Halen was going to play any surprizes or covers on the two nights in a row they were playing in St. Loons...he said,"You'll have to come to both shows then..."...I DIDN'T GO TO EITHER!...someone had him sign their guitar?...and a lot of people had him sign bottles of JD...
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    I've never had a chance to yet, but I've talked to some people who have met him.
    Van Halen = Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen.

 

 

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