Former Van Halen lead vocalist Sammy Hagar had some choice words for guitarist Eddie Van Halen after he made some fairly harsh comments on the bands former bassist Michael Anthony.
Hagar, who currently counts Anthony as a member of his band Chickenfoot, has responded to Van Halen’s comments in a video blog.”For Eddie to say he had to show him what to play and then teach him all those songs, that’s the biggest line of bullshit in my life,” Hagar said. “I was in that band for 11 years, there was never a video camera involved of Eddie showing [Anthony] what to play. Eddie would tell him what to play once in awhile, say ‘No Mike, don’t play to that many notes, just stay on one note, so that I could fuck up and nobody would know it.’”
He continued, “Especially on the ’04 reunion tour: If Mike would have played any more than one note, it would have showed that Eddie wasn’t playing the right chords again and again and again. I couldn’t sing to him, you couldn’t play bass to him. That is a lot of bullshit and I don’t know why they go after Anthony like that. He doesn’t deserve it. He’s one of the greatest rock and roll bass players ever. Michael Anthony is top five rock and roll bass player in the world, any bass player would tell you.”
“Michael Anthony is a bad motherfucker,” Hagar concluded. “Fuck you Eddie Van Halen for saying that about Mikey. You’re a liar.”