Sammy Hagar Flipped Out on Eddie Van Halen After Eddie Ripped Michael Anthony’s Bass Playing and Singing
The ongoing feud between Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar got turned up a notch over the weekend, after Eddie took a shot at longtime Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, who's now buddies with Sammy.
Eddie told "Billboard" he thinks his son Wolfgang is a better bassist than Michael is because, "Every note Mike ever played, I had to show him how to play. Before we'd go on tour, he'd come over with a video camera and I'd have to show him how to play all the parts."
Eddie also said he doesn't think Michael's backing vocals were all that great, "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. I have more soul as a singer than he does, people always talk about Mike's voice on Van Halen songs, but that's a blend of Mike's voice and my voice. It's not just him."
In response, Michael took the high road: "I'm proud to say that my bass playing and vocals helped create our sound. I've always chosen to stay out of the never-ending mudslinging, because it ultimately ends up hurting the fans."
Not surprisingly, Sammy had something to say about this, and he was furious. In a Facebook video, he tore into Eddie, saying, "Mikey was the most loyal guy in the band. He was the first guy there at rehearsal, the last guy to leave."
"For Eddie to say he had to show him what to play, that's the biggest line of [B.S.] I've ever heard in my life, Michael Anthony is a bad mother[effer]. [Eff] you, Eddie Van Halen for saying that about Mikey. You're a liar."
Here's the full video. WARNING: NSFW Language
In Defense of Mikey
During an interview with Sammy someone read what Eddie said about Mikey in Billboard and here’s Sammy's spontaneous response that he wanted to share in defense of his brother.Original Billboard article: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6605231/eddie-van-halen-addiction-david-lee-roth-touring
Posted by Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker) on Friday, June 19, 2015