Sammy Hagar Says Van Halen Used Michael Anthony Tapes On Tour

There's no love lost between Sammy Hagar and the Van Halen brothers, which is evident pretty much every time the Red Rocker speaks.

Sammy Hagar Says Van Halen Used Michael Anthony Tapes On Tour
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There's no love lost between Sammy Hagar and the Van Halen brothers, which is evident pretty much every time the Red Rocker speaks. Hagar's latest rant about his former bandmates may be as much about them as it is Sammy standing up for his pal, ex-VH and now Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony. By all appearances, and by the words of both Anthony and Hagar in recent years, Michael was kicked out of VH for being friends with Sammy at a time when the brothers weren't working and he was, eventually inviting the bassist to join him on the road, earning the ire of both Eddie and Alex. That move led to a serious pay cut for Anthony on the 2004 VH reunion tour with Hagar, who wouldn't do the trip if Michael wasn't involved (Eddie reportedly didn't want him along). Further, Anthony says he was forced by the VH brothers to sign over his rights to future earnings from the band as... what... retribution for wanting to play live music with someone they deemed as the "enemy"? Anthony was replaced by Eddie's son, Wolfgang, who toured with VH in 2007/08 on the band's reunion trek with David Lee Roth... and is reportedly on the forthcoming VH album. Now, in a new interview with Attention Deficit Delirium, Hagar accuses VH of using Anthony's talents on the road, even after they unceremoniously dismissed him and his contributions to the group and its legacy. "Those vocal harmonies on the last tour were Mike on tape," asserted Hagar. "Mike should've reamed them for it. Wolfie don't sing like that, and Ed sure as hell don't. Go on the Internet and listen to Ed's voice live from the reunion with me. Hear him sing on 'When It's Love' and some of those songs. Ed can't sing, and his voice is shot if he can, from cigarettes and booze anyway." Sammy didn't stop there. "I just don't see Van Halen getting together again," said the Red Rocker. "I don't know what would have to happen for it to happen. I don't think they're ever going to get together with Dave. They've been working on that record for a year and a half or whatever, and they keep postponing and postponing it. I just know that Wolfie, Dave and Ed are not the Van Halen that the world wants to see. To do it with David without Mike was a horrible decision, but those guys haven't made a good decision since I left the band. I don't think so. It's not about me, I just think that they really burned Mikey and burned the fans by throwing him out before Dave came back finally." Still no word from the VH camp on when the new album will be released. Thanks for the report to HenneMusic.com.

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    Supersonic1
    Jesus_Dean wrote: I'm not really up on the latest technology, but I guess they could use a sequencer to cue the backing vox. That would maybe explain why the kid looks so damn unhappy. Onstage with the legends and he looks like he would rather be somewhere/anywhere else. If it were me they would need a hammer and chisel to get the goofy grin off my face.
    Maybe he's unhappy because every time he tries to pick up a groupie, his dad steals them away.
    Kapalen
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    scawti wrote: The Haggar/Halen thing is usually laughable on both sides, but Sammy has been consistently sticking up for Mike - including to refuse the reunion without him. I agree it's not the original Van Halen without Mike and the fact they're using his vocals live proves it. Sammy and Mike should grab a guitarist/drummer and tour as Van Haggar and play only Haggar-era Van Halen. If the guitarist is good enough, I'd go see them.
    Yeah, like joe satriani, and I bet chad smith could do the drums. You know what, with musicians like that, why even bother with van halen crap? They should write new awesome material
    rockfreak611
    those guys havent made a good decision since I left the band.
    i'd say that was one of the best decisions they've ever made *starts flame war*
    SIEGE312
    Supersonic1 wrote: Jesus_Dean wrote: I'm not really up on the latest technology, but I guess they could use a sequencer to cue the backing vox. That would maybe explain why the kid looks so damn unhappy. Onstage with the legends and he looks like he would rather be somewhere/anywhere else. If it were me they would need a hammer and chisel to get the goofy grin off my face. Maybe he's unhappy because every time he tries to pick up a groupie, his dad steals them away.
    Or more likely that he already had them.
    courageous93
    "Also, I've never understood the term "no love lost" between something. Everytime I hear it, it's used in the context of a former healthy relationship turned sour. That would seem like there is love lost -- they used to like each other, now they hate each other. It's like when people say "I could care less," when they mean "I couldn't care less," (although that one is just a mutilation of a rational phrase)." ^ THIS SO MUCH. I understand completely. Also, Van Halen news. Yawn. Their best days are behind them.
    CaptJMH
    I guess Mike Anthony isn't Man enough to speak for himself.I saw Van Halen 4 times with David Lee Roth and Wolfie and can't wait for more.They are clearly still the best band of all time with the greatest lead singer(Roth).Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar disrespected Ed and Alex Van Halen by having the gall to show up at the Hall of Fame induction when they(Van Halens and Roth) did not.If it wasn't for Van Halen with Dave this guy red Rocker would be nothing,but thats what you get from a guy that can't drive 55
    slaveskinJACKET
    We know, UG. You told us yesterday.
    I just know that Wolfie, Dave and Ed are not the Van Halen that the world wants to see.
    It is exactly the Van Halen I want to see. I've never liked Michael Anthony's vocals, anyway. I liked his bass playing, though. Also, I've never understood the term "no love lost" between something. Everytime I hear it, it's used in the context of a former healthy relationship turned sour. That would seem like there is love lost -- they used to like each other, now they hate each other. It's like when people say "I could care less," when they mean "I couldn't care less," (although that one is just a mutilation of a rational phrase).
    strung_out1
    not a Hagar fan, but he's spot on there
    christianonbass
    The best of Sammy Hagar is on the Montrose debut album, with classic tunes such as Rock the Nation, Bad motor Scooter, and Rock Candy. Great Classic Rock album. RIP Ronnie Montrose
    micah.carey
    The "ire" of Eddie & Alex? Alex could care less if Mikey was in the band or not! Eddie is the one with the hair across his ass about Mikey. If Sammy had turned on Mike, Eddy would have kept him in the fold!
    slaveskinJACKET
    rockfreak611 wrote: those guys havent made a good decision since I left the band. i'd say that was one of the best decisions they've ever made *starts flame war*
    But that good decision was only a consequence of their bad decision to let him join the band. Like I said yesterday, their last good decision was releasing 1984.
    Kapalen wrote: Pscawti wrote: The Haggar/Halen thing is usually laughable on both sides, but Sammy has been consistently sticking up for Mike - including to refuse the reunion without him. I agree it's not the original Van Halen without Mike and the fact they're using his vocals live proves it. Sammy and Mike should grab a guitarist/drummer and tour as Van Haggar and play only Haggar-era Van Halen. If the guitarist is good enough, I'd go see them. Yeah, like joe satriani, and I bet chad smith could do the drums. You know what, with musicians like that, why even bother with van halen crap? They should write new awesome material
    That's a great idea! They should write some new awesome material. Maybe they will after they're done with that Chickenfoot thing.
    Jesus_Dean
    I'm not really up on the latest technology, but I guess they could use a sequencer to cue the backing vox. That would maybe explain why the kid looks so damn unhappy. Onstage with the legends and he looks like he would rather be somewhere/anywhere else. If it were me they would need a hammer and chisel to get the goofy grin off my face.
    scawti
    The Haggar/Halen thing is usually laughable on both sides, but Sammy has been consistently sticking up for Mike - including to refuse the reunion without him. I agree it's not the original Van Halen without Mike and the fact they're using his vocals live proves it. Sammy and Mike should grab a guitarist/drummer and tour as Van Haggar and play only Haggar-era Van Halen. If the guitarist is good enough, I'd go see them.
    Parkl
    Van Halen is my all time favorite band, but I think Micheal Anthony needs to be killed off to really make the VH brothers really appreciate his talent.
    Jesus_Dean
    JFrankParnell wrote: Michael Anthony is the worst ****ing bassist ever.
    Hey, troll! Halloween is not until monday.