Hagar was particularly incensed with Van Halen’s statements about former group bassist Michael Anthony. In the interview, Van Halen said of Anthony, “I had to show him how to play,” and claims Anthony would videotape the sessions to help him remember what he’d been shown.
He also criticized Anthony’s singing, which is a hallmark of the former Van Halen lineup’s harmony-rich vocals. Eddie told Billboard, “He’s not a singer. He just has a range from hell. I have more soul as a singer than he does. And you know, people always talk about Mike’s voice on Van Halen songs, but that’s a blend of Mike’s voice and my voice.”
Hagar, who currently performs with Anthony in the Circle and previously played with him in Chickenfoot, responded to those comments with venom.
“For Eddie to say he had to show him what to play and had to teach him all those songs, that is the biggest line of bullshit I’ve ever heard in my life. I was in that band for 11 years. There was never a video camera involved of Eddie showing him what to play.
“Eddie would tell him what to play once in a while. ‘No, Mike, don’t play that many notes. Just stay on one note so that I can fuck up and nobody will know it.’ ”
Hagar says that was especially true on the group’s 2004 reunion tour. “If Mike would have played any more than one note, it would have been showing that Eddie wasn’t playing the right chords, again and again and again.”
He concludes, “Michael Anthony is a bad motherfucker. Fuck you, Eddie Van Halen, for saying that about Mikey. You’re a liar.”
Watch Hagar’s video response below, or visit this link.
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