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    I am saddened today to hear of the passing of Chris Squire of Yes. Besides being one hell of a bass player that I drew inspiration from, I also had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Chris when Van Halen was touring Europe years ago. He took the time to hang with someone who was relatively unheard of and that was very cool! Chris, you will be missed. Another great rock bassist taken from us way too soon.

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    Pretty sure Mike's not overly concerned w comments about bass notes. Mike is winning!

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    Van Halen's Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar perform at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo

    Michael Anthony laughs when asked if Sammy Hagar had to teach him all of the bass parts for their new band, The Circle.

    Recently, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Hagar and Anthony’s former bandmate in Van Halen, made the audacious claim that he had to teach Anthony how to play his bass parts.

    “Every note Mike ever played, I had to show him how to play,” Van Halen said to Billboard in June, and added, “Mike’s voice is like a piccolo trumpet. But he’s not a singer. He just has a range from hell. Mike was just born with a very high voice.”

    For his part, Anthony has refused to “jump in the pot” to refute this ridiculousness. Why would Van Halen keep him in the band for 30-plus years if that were true?

    “I will say that I really have no idea where this came from,” Anthony says, “except that he is defending the fact that his son is playing in the band now. That is the only thing that I can come up with.”

    In fact, the only people involved with the Van Halen band — including Hagar, Gary Cherone and Van Halen’s current touring partner, David Lee Roth — that escapes Van Halen’s childish insults in the interview is anybody with the Van Halen surname, meaning brother/drummer Alex and son Wolfgang, who took over on bass when Anthony was fired.

    “He attacks everything I do, my playing and my singing,” Anthony says. “But in the interview, he pretty much attacks everybody.”

    Hagar, who sang with Van Halen from 1985-1996 and reunited with them from 2003-2005, had witnessed the day-to-day workings of the band, so he defended Anthony with a profanity-laden video intended for Eddie Van Halen, saying, “You’re a liar.”

    Hagar and Anthony’s friendship began with Van Halen, but it has continued with Chickenfoot, the supergroup with guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s drummer Chad Smith, and now with The Circle, featuring guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham.

    “We became friends in the Van Halen days,” Anthony says. “A lot of the attention at the time was on him being our new lead singer. After he had been in the band for a number of years, we connected more on a friendship level and not just musically. We are better friends now than we were back then.”

    Chickenfoot has released two albums, the most recent in 2011, and is still an ongoing project.

    “It was going to be an open-ended hiatus where nothing was going to happen,” Anthony says. “All of a sudden, there are a few demos being passed around now, and a couple of ideas are being thrown out. Sammy has been laying some lyrics down. I am not going to say that anything is set in stone, but there are a couple demos that are starting to be worked on that we are going to actively pursue with the band.”

    The Circle was formed as a one-off thing for the “Rockin’ Beach Party” Hagar threw with chef Emeril Lagasse in Florida last year. Hagar put together the band with Anthony, Johnson (formerly of the Busboys and now in Hagar’s backing band, the Wabos) and Bonham (son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) to highlight his 40 years of performing, covering songs from his time in Montrose and Van Halen, as well as from his solo and Wabos albums. With Bonham in the band, a few Zeppelin songs are thrown in, as well.

    The band had so much fun at that show, they continued playing shows and released a live double-CD, “At Your Service.” Hagar and The Circle perform Wednesday at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo.

    Anthony hasn’t spoken with the Van Halen brothers since the final show of the 2004 tour — Hagar and Anthony were the only two members to show up when Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 — and doesn’t want to get into a feud with his old bandmates, because he feels it would harm the group’s legacy.

    Right now, Anthony is happy to be playing with Hagar and The Circle, four musicians who trust and respect each other.

    “I really don’t want any drama in my life right now,” he says. “Playing with these guys, it is like getting back to the early days. It is just four guys having a great time. People go, ‘Oh, you probably hate going on tour now.’ The traveling is always what it is, but it is a great hang. All four of us are great friends. We just have a great time onstage and offstage. It is just a great way to be living our lives right now.”

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    HO HO HO! Happy Holidays everyone!! I hope everybody is having a great holiday season out there. It's been a great year and I have some cool stuff in the works for the new one! Have a bashing New Year and be safe out there!! See ya soon, Michael



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    Mike ain't got no "cool stuff in the works".

    He's jammin' with Sam again, in the new year.

    Just like the year before and the year before that year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Mike ain't got no "cool stuff in the works".

    He's jammin' with Sam again, in the new year.

    Just like the year before and the year before that year...
    Maybe some new Chickenfoot?
    More of the Circle?

    Background vocals on Wolf's new album?
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    In 2012, the phoenix has risen!!

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    Maybe some new Chickenfoot?
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    Background vocals on Wolf's new album?
    Made me chuckle.
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

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    Maybe some new Chickenfoot?
    More of the Circle?

    Background vocals on Wolf's new album?
    Sings like a bird. Rocks like a pig.

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    I just heard of Lemmy Kilmister's passing. So sad. I had just sent a video wishing him a happy 70th birthday the other week. Playing "Ace of Spades" and having a Jack and Coke. He will be missed!!





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    So surprised and saddened to hear about David Bowie's passing. He was a big fashion and musical inspiration to everybody on the Sunset strip including Van Halen when we were playing the Hollywood clubs in the mid to late 70s.

    We even covered his version of "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" live and recorded it for the Diver Down album.

    My thoughts and prayers for his family. RIP David.

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