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    Default M.A.: "It would have been cool to get onstage with Dave again"

    Michael Anthony Says He's 'Not Going To Whine About' Van Halen Reunion Snub

    'It would have been cool to get onstage with Dave again,' original bassist tells MTV News.

    While Anthony, Van Halen's original bassist, wasn't asked to participate in the band's long-awaited reunion trek with inaugural frontman David Lee Roth (see "Van Halen Reunite With David Lee Roth -- Tour Kicks Off September 27"), he doesn't seem all that miffed. Eddie Van Halen's 16-year-old son, Wolfgang, will be taking over on bass (see "Michael Anthony Says He Wasn't Invited To Van Halen Reunion, But Calls His Replacement 'A Great Kid' ").

    So is Anthony disappointed? You betcha — but he's not going to let it ruin his fall.

    "It's not like it was totally unexpected," he told MTV News during a recent interview, "only because of the strain from the 2004 tour and how everything's been since then." Anthony is referring to the band's 2004 reunion jaunt with Roth replacement Sammy Hagar, which grossed almost $55 million before ending on a sour note (at the conclusion of the run's final gig, guitarist Eddie Van Halen smashed one of his guitars and quickly walked offstage).

    "That's the one thing that's really kind of sad," Anthony continued. "It would have been cool to get onstage with Dave again, but I'm not going to whine about it, because that's the way it is. Why waste my time trying to make a stink about it?"

    Instead, Anthony is going to be hitting the road with Hagar this fall for a tour that kicks off in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 19, and runs through November 17 in Sioux City, Iowa. The tour will feature Anthony's Mad Anthony Express, Los Tres Gusanos, the Other Half, and Sammy and the Wabos.

    "I just want to go out and play for the fans," Anthony explained. "Sammy sold part of his tequila company and made a lot of money on that, so he doesn't have to do anything if he doesn't want to. But that's what it's all about — getting out there and playing. I'm not doing the Van Halen tour, so Sammy asked me to come out with him again."

    He said everyone "and their mother" has been asking him why he's not doing the VH reunion run, and he's not sure what to tell them. Anthony dismissed rumors that his exclusion from the reunion tour had anything to do with his partnering with Hagar in the Other Half.

    "I was touring with Sammy when Van Halen wasn't doing anything, and people said that got under their skin, and they felt like I was betraying them or whatever, which I really wasn't," Anthony explained. "I wasn't going to sit home and do nothing. My wife wanted my ass out of the house. So when Sammy called and said, 'Hey, want to come out and jam a song or two?' that's how it started. I don't know why I wasn't asked to do the tour."

    In fact, he admits he hasn't spoken to Eddie since 2004 and agrees with many of the band's fans, who reject the notion that the forthcoming Roth run is a bona fide reunion.

    "I know in the past there's been a lot of fighting and drama, but I'm not into all of that, especially now," he said. "And I'm not going to sit there and whine about it and call these guys mother------s and the whole bit. It is what it is, and if [Eddie] wants his kid to play with him, fine. But they're really throwing him into the lion's den right off the bat. This is going to be a tough enough tour for those three guys, having not played for so long, and then throwing [Wolfgang] in the mix? ... I hope he does OK. It's sad that the fans aren't going to see the original lineup."

    But Anthony was most upset by Van Halen's reported attempts last month to erase him from the band's 35-year history. Fans lashed out at the band after photos of Anthony on Van Halen's official Web site were allegedly removed or replaced by an image of Wolfgang. The pictures were restored within hours, soon after fans took notice and began sounding off on various VH message boards.

    "When I went on the Web site, that was probably more upsetting than anything else," he said. "On the first album especially, they replaced my picture with a picture of Wolfgang, and I was like, 'What's someone trying to do here?' I am proud of Van Halen's history, be it good or bad or whatever. I love everything about the band. I guess the fans spoke out, because the next day, they changed it back. I really don't know what to say to that. If that's the way they want to play it out, then that's the way they'll play it out."

    The tour, he said, is "going to be interesting this year, because earlier in the year, Sammy did this cruise down to Cabo San Lucas, and he asked me if I wanted to play on the ship. I thought, 'Yeah, that'd be cool to do,' but I didn't want to get up there and just play with his band and do Hagar songs as I always do," Anthony said. "So I thought, 'I'll grab his guitarist Vic Johnson and his drummer David [Lauser], and we'll learn some early Van Halen stuff,' and somebody called it the Mad Anthony Express. We did a couple of shows and played the really old stuff: 'D.O.A.,' 'Atomic Punk.' I lead-sang it, and it was so much fun. So we did it again Father's Day weekend in Lake Tahoe, and I put this thing together. We opened the show, and everybody loved it so much, Sammy's going, 'Hey, we need to go out on tour and open with the early stuff.' So here I go."

    Anthony said the tour with Hagar will run for about a month. Then there will be a brief break before the tour commences. They plan to keep it going up through next summer. He also said there's a chance he and Hagar will start working on music together and that it's possible the duo might release a record some point down the line.
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    Gotta love the guy.
    "It's always a Catch-22 situation. They hate you if you're the same, and they hate you if you're different."
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    Nice find. Thanks for the read.

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    buster65 posted this in the Mad Anthony thread earlier...I think we all missed it.

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    Class act as always.

    Some interesting takes there in that interview.

    That Wolfgang 'shopped image on the first album was one of the biggest fuck-ups in VH history.

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    it needed its own thread


    Mike looked at his bank account, family life, and current adventure with Sammy and realized things ain't that bad
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    I'm still shocked at the switch a roo that they pulled on the VH site a few weeks ago...what the hell happened to these guys? Ed used to seem like such a cool guy now he's almost a bonafide dick.

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    It's like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"---Eddie is the Donald Sutherland of Van Halen and fell asleep sometime late 96 and the pods took over
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    Um ok, Mike. What about all those slams against Roth right through the '96 reunion. In fact, there's one interview where he said he *didn't* want to tour with VH if Roth was back when talking about '96 when he first realized Dave was working with Ed and Alex.

    But, everyone in this band seems to change their opinion whenever former glory and big bucks are in the air so I guess he can and should be forgiven for feeling regretful about not being included on this tour.

    That was utter bullshit about those album images being changed on the official website though and it's a bit sad reading that he saw it himself. How fucked up it must have been for him to discover that. He really needs to get down to writing that book about his time in the band.

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    Class guy and is obviously in his Own.
    Congrats Mike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hain23x View Post
    It's like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"---Eddie is the Donald Sutherland of Van Halen and fell asleep sometime late 96 and the pods took over
    That was a pretty accurate analogy. The guy reached some sort of level of mental illness in 1995 when he was "sober" that led him to beleive everything in his life need to change, even the things that were good. You can't blame it all on Ray Danniels either, Rush is about one of the most wel run bands touring today and they all have great things to say about him. The members of Rush are pretty intellectual guys too so if he was that big of a kook, they would have shipped his ass to the curb years ago. Sorry to get off topic, Mike will be fine in his new venture and I am sure he will be treated better as well.

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    Mike is a total class act!

    More importantly, he knows not having himself included truly makes this LESS of a reunion tour. It is not authentic and sooner or later the public will wake up and realize that this is not what we have been hoping for for the past 22 years.

    Can't wait to see Mike and Sammy out there on tour again!

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    Thank god there is one guy you can cheer for in this band.

    I don't even know who this post-1996 EVH is, it's definitely not the same guy.
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    It makes me cringe to think what he was feeling when he went on the official website to see his image erased. It really went beyond bad taste to a sort of revenge type thing. Tasteless is the only word I can think of which begins to describe their actions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eman2 View Post
    Mike is a total class act!

    More importantly, he knows not having himself included truly makes this LESS of a reunion tour. It is not authentic and sooner or later the public will wake up and realize that this is not what we have been hoping for for the past 22 years.

    Can't wait to see Mike and Sammy out there on tour again!
    i think we all realize this isn't what we've been waiting for. It's just as close as we're likely to get. It's sad really. I'm hoping the next VH project are books written by every member of the band detailing the history of the group. There has to be a great story here somewhere.

 

 

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