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    Forgive me if this has been posted elsewhere. I did search, and didn't see it anywhere else in the forums:

    Michael Anthony: "I Never Quit Van Halen"

    Bassist responds to guitarist's claims
    Joe Bosso, Tue 2 Jun 2009, 9:18 pm BST

    Anthony says Van Halen is rewriting history

    "I never quit Van Halen," says bassist Michael Anthony, who is now part of the red-hot supergroup Chickenfoot. "No way. And the funny thing is, I don't even know why the subject is coming up anymore."

    The reason stems from a recent interview guitarist Eddie Van Halen gave to Rolling Stone - the guitarist was asked if he had heard Chickenfoot, which in addition to Anthony, includes former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar.

    "I'm too busy doing my own thing," Van Halen said, who then, completely unprovoked, went into this tirade: "The funny thing is that everyone who quits the band always claims they got fired by me. Hey, I'm not the bad guy here.

    "When Hagar left the band, Mike went with him," Van Halen continued. "Then when we get back together with Dave, and all of a sudden, he wants back in. It's like, 'No, dude, you quit the band.' So my son became the bass player. But we didn't give Mike the boot to have my son play."

    Anthony disputes Van Halen's claims

    Michael Anthony, speaking exclusively to MusicRadar, disputes Van Halen's assertions. "Why would I have quit Van Halen? It never happened. And what's weird is, he was being asked about Chickenfoot, whether he had heard us or not, and suddenly he launches into this thing about me quitting the group. What does one thing even have to do with the other?"

    Anthony, who says he had to take a pay cut and sign away his rights to the Van Halen name and logo to take part in the 2004 tour the group did with Sammy Hagar, admits that he was stunned to find himself out of the band when they announced their 2007 reunion tour with singer David Lee Roth - an arena run that saw Eddie's son, Wolfgang, on bass.

    "I found out about that tour like everybody else did - in the press," says Anthony. "I had no idea. At that point, I kind of sighed and went, 'Whatever. If this is what Eddie wants to do, he's going to do what he wants to do.' If he wants me out of the band and for Wolfgang to play bass, what was I going to do about it?

    Even so, the bassist wants to make one thing clear: "I never 'quit.' I never once said, 'I'm out of here.' It never happened. That's the weird thing right now, for Eddie to be trying to paint himself as 'not the bad guy.'

    "You know, it's weird to be talking about all of this right now," he continues, "because I'm in such a good place with Chickenfoot. The album we made, the shows we're doing, everything we're all about - we're having a blast. And the fans are digging it and they're responding."

    Anthony offers Van Halen some advice

    "Eddie says he hasn't heard Chickenfoot, and I believe him, because it's true, he doesn't really listen to anything," says Anthony. "But instead of trying to rewrite the past and talk shit or whatever, he should see what we're doing and go into his studio and make some music. Make music, have some fun. Don't just talk - do!

    "Ultimately, all's well that ends well," he says. "I just find it odd that I'm put into a situation where I'm forced to defend myself. Everything is great in my world and I couldn't be happier with the group I'm in. But I don't want people to think I quit Van Halen, because I didn't. It never happened."

    MusicRadar has contacted Eddie Van Halen's management for a response. We are currently awaiting a reply.
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    1) Haven't seen this yet, elsewhere on the site or otherwise.
    2) Not really any surprises here. We all know Ed's full of crapola.
    3) Thanks for this, Vince.




    "But instead of trying to rewrite the past and talk shit or whatever, he should see what we're doing and go into his studio and make some music. Make music, have some fun. Don't just talk - do!"
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    Class act.

    FIRST!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mannyroth View Post
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    Like Mike needed to tell us what we already knew. Thanks Ed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince G. View Post
    Michael Anthony: "I Never Quit Van Halen"

    Bassist responds to guitarist's claims
    Joe Bosso, Tue 2 Jun 2009, 9:18 pm BST

    Anthony says Van Halen is rewriting history

    "I never quit Van Halen," says bassist Michael Anthony, who is now part of the red-hot supergroup Chickenfoot. "No way. And the funny thing is, I don't even know why the subject is coming up anymore."





    Anthony disputes Van Halen's claims

    "Why would I have quit Van Halen? It never happened. And what's weird is, he was being asked about Chickenfoot, whether he had heard us or not, and suddenly he launches into this thing about me quitting the group. What does one thing even have to do with the other?"





    Even so, the bassist wants to make one thing clear: "I never 'quit.' I never once said, 'I'm out of here.' It never happened. That's the weird thing right now, for Eddie to be trying to paint himself as 'not the bad guy.'

    "You know, it's weird to be talking about all of this right now," he continues, "because I'm in such a good place with Chickenfoot. The album we made, the shows we're doing, everything we're all about - we're having a blast. And the fans are digging it and they're responding."

    Anthony offers Van Halen some advice

    "Eddie says he hasn't heard Chickenfoot, and I believe him, because it's true, he doesn't really listen to anything," says Anthony. "But instead of trying to rewrite the past and talk shit or whatever, he should see what we're doing and go into his studio and make some music. Make music, have some fun. Don't just talk - do!

    "Ultimately, all's well that ends well," he says. "I just find it odd that I'm put into a situation where I'm forced to defend myself. Everything is great in my world and I couldn't be happier with the group I'm in. But I don't want people to think I quit Van Halen, because I didn't. It never happened."

    MusicRadar has contacted Eddie Van Halen's management for a response. We are currently awaiting a reply.
    There ya have it, I believe Mikey more than what EVH says. I wonder if there will be a response from Ed? I do want new VH music to see what they can come up with. This is going to be a great and entertaining ride, I think.
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    Unless Eddie, on his 10 cds worth of material, has a recording of Mike saying he quit VH I think I will believe Mike.

    Now Ed should listen to Mike and go make music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BREW CREW View Post
    There ya have it, I believe Mikey more than what EVH says. I wonder if there will be a response from Ed?
    Who would believe it anyway.
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    Bravo, Mike. It's good to see him speak for himself on the subject and not just let Ed shit-talk him to Rolling Fucking Stone.

    He didn't need to tell us any of this, it's just nice to hear Mike speak on it anyway. I also made the point that Mike did yesterday: If the interviewer didn't bring it up, why in the hell is Ed bringing Mike up anyway?

    Everyone says Ed has moved on, but solely on that remark, which came straight out of the blue, it tells me he hasn't.
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    Well in Ed's defense (not that anyone should defend his BS), but the interviewer did ask him about Chickenfoot first, so of course that put him in that mindset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Who would believe it anyway.
    A fair-weather, bandwagoner, or casual fan who doesn't know the shit that's gone down with this band the last 13 years, or better yet, the last three more specifically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Well in Ed's defense (not that anyone should defend his BS), but the interviewer did ask him about Chickenfoot first, so of course that put him in that mindset.
    Which is technically true.

    But according to Ed he never heard of Chickenfoot, either. Unless there was a portion the interviewer cut out about him maybe explaining it, I don't see how he would suddenly bring it up.

    You do make a good point, it just doesn't add up. Though what I'm saying doesn't necessarily mean so much toward Ed as it does the interviewer.
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    What pisses me off is why did Ed force Mike to sign away all his rights to the band in 2004, he was that pissed about the Sam/Dave thing? Good god Ed, grow up. And #2, I wonder why Mike even did that, that's giving up his rights to so much that he was a part of and deserves financial compensation for. I think there's a lot more to that part of the saga.
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