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    I was thinking today about the "Mad Anthony" name. What's up with that? The term "Mad" is obviously being used in the sense of "crazy" or "bad-ass," as opposed to angry. So my question is, what is so "Mad" about Mr. Anthony? I think the correct answer is "nothing."

    Check it:

    1. By all accounts, Mike is a rather even-keeled guy who just goes with the flow. He has problems with few people, and few people have problems with him.

    2. I never heard about Mike trashing hotel rooms, driving cars into pools, partaking of mass amounts of groupies, etc.

    3. Mike married his high school sweetheart eons ago, and is still married to her. They have a couple of kids. He keeps his family out of the spotlight.

    4. I've never heard about Mike having a taste for illegal substances.

    5. Mike is not known for getting into fights, public arguments or any other type of tabloid fodder.

    The only things I can think of that people might point to as "Mad" are Mike's apparent enjoyment of Jack Daniels, his (somewhat annoying) tendency to give the finger in photos, and his hobby of hot rods. I don't think these qualify as "Mad":

    1. My Uncle Frank likes Jack Daniels too. So what? If you like to drink Jack and walk through the lobby of the Plaza Hotel naked and barking like a dog, that's "Mad." If you like to drink Jack and catch a buzz and play music and laugh a lot, that's not all that "Mad."

    2. Giving the finger in photos taken with stalkerazzi at Pepper's is not very "Mad," either. I don't think it's disputable, so I won't go on at length.

    3. My uncle Frank likes hot rods too. Again, so what? He doesn't race them. He doesn't roll around town in them making a scene. He doesn't crash them or destroy them. It's basically "Hot Wheels" for rich guys. Not too "Mad" if you ask me.

    When I look at Mike, I don't see a Keith Moon, John Bonham, Jim Morrison, Nikki Sixx, or David Lee Roth. Those guys are/were "Mad."

    All I see is a likeable middle-aged guy with a hairpiece who has an "R-rated" sense of humor, a good singing voice, and a talent for playing bass guitar. I see Mike Anthony, not Mad Anthony.
    Am I missing something?

    Is "Mad Anthony" a creation of Bradman's for the website (I'd never heard the name before then), or does this come from Mike himself?

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    I think the name "Mad Anthony" is taken from the Revolutionary War General


    http://<a href="http://earlyamerica....html</a><br />

    As to whether he's BaddAss enough for you
    I could list the obvious, but let's just say neither you or I are qualified to judge. He may have been a hitman for the CIA the whole time Van Halen was touring the world.
    [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]

    [ January 31, 2003, 02:02 PM: Message edited by: swampash ]

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    By your logic, we can't say that Dave is an extrovert or Ed an introvert, since for all we know they act differently behind the scenes.

    All I'm asking is, what's so "Mad" about Mike?

    In fact, I think you proved my point with your post. The bio of general "Mad" Anthony Wayne that you link to says that he "resolved the crisis of authority" for a young United States. Mike is the last guy in Van Halen who will be resolving any "crisis of authority" in the band. The bio also points to General "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf as the modern-day analogue to Mad Anthony Wayne. I knew Norman Schwarzkopf. I served under him. He was a friend of mine. Mike Anthony is no Norman Schwarzkopf.

    [ January 31, 2003, 02:23 PM: Message edited by: Sweet William ]

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    I'll tell ya why they call him mad anthony:
    You ever see one of his bass solo's?
    How to make a “Mad Anthony”

    2 oz Cabo WaboŽ Tequila
    1 oz Spicy V8
    Juice from a fresh Lime
    A generous dollop of Mad Anthony’s Hot Sauce
    Combine in a shaker full of ice and shake it up
    Pour into shot glass garnished with
    a dab of salt
    a small slice of lime
    a slice of Serrano or Jalapeno chili pepper

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    Yes, I've seen his bass solos. My toddlers jump around the living room, throw things around and make funny faces, too. I don't think any of that behavior is particularly "Mad."

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    Originally posted by Sweet William:


    2. I never heard about Mike trashing hotel rooms, driving cars into pools, partaking of mass amounts of groupies, etc.
    If anyone has it, there is a photo of Mike attacking a food cart with a samuri sword in the pictorial that "Life" magazine did on the band in 1984.

    I think Mike did more than his share of trashing hotel and backstage spreads. Groupies, I have no idea, but not to partake in that would take a super effort. Let's see, have wild, unconditional sex with a different beautiful woman in each different city or stay celibate and wait to see your wife. That's enough to drive anyone mad.

    [ January 31, 2003, 03:34 PM: Message edited by: Grover ]

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    I'm not sure if it was in 1979 when Mike met his parents at a hotel and just for fun Mike threw the TV set to the floor, his parents were shocked he just looked at them and told them....Yes now I can do that.
    "I could call it anything, but the only word I can think of is Brown. It's just a warm sound. Warm, big, majestic" - Eddie Van Halen on his Tone

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    WOLFGANG did the IMPOSSIBLE, he brought back VAN HALEN, DEAL WITH IT.

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    Definitely a wildman. My bad.

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    Originally posted by ED-A-HOLIC:
    I'm not sure if it was in 1979 when Mike met his parents at a hotel and just for fun Mike threw the TV set to the floor, his parents were shocked he just looked at them and told them....Yes now I can do that.
    LMAO, That is Classic!
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    Yes yes, thats another reason he's "mad"
    How to make a “Mad Anthony”

    2 oz Cabo WaboŽ Tequila
    1 oz Spicy V8
    Juice from a fresh Lime
    A generous dollop of Mad Anthony’s Hot Sauce
    Combine in a shaker full of ice and shake it up
    Pour into shot glass garnished with
    a dab of salt
    a small slice of lime
    a slice of Serrano or Jalapeno chili pepper

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    Originally posted by ED-A-HOLIC:
    I'm not sure if it was in 1979 when Mike met his parents at a hotel and just for fun Mike threw the TV set to the floor, his parents were shocked he just looked at them and told them....Yes now I can do that.
    yeah...nannar nannar nanner....he's as fuked as the rest ... [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]

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    I'm not sure but I thought his guitar tech came up with the name for his website. Anybody remember?

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    I personally liked to call him Mullet Anthony back in his mullet days.
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    Who give's a fuck??? Damn were starting to really reach for thread topics.... [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img] Please Ed give us some new music fast or the next topic is gonna be what color of Underwear you wear and if they got skidmarks or not??? Or have we already had that thread and I missed it???

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    GMAN, the only reaching I'm seeing is the attempts in this thread to justify the "Mad" name.

 

 

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