Tuesday, October 31, 2006

What's Happening!!

First of all I'd like to wish everyone a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Be safe out there..Alot has been happening since I last posted. First I'll start with the two shows the other week that I missed. Management booked these two shows ( Gibson Amphitheatre, Soboba Casino)without my knowledge after the tour, and failed to let me in on it!! I was pretty pissed, as months before I had booked a getaway for that same weekend, for my wife's birthday, and I would not have gained any points with her if I was to bail!! (all you married guys out there know what I'm saying) Anyway, I told Sam's management to keep me in the loop in the future so this doesn't happen again!
Cabo for Sam's B-Day bash was probably one of the best so far, and I'll post some pics for everyone to check out. I also jammed with my buddies 'The Atomic Punks", last week at a corporate party for YAHOO. What a blast!!! I got to play some of the early VH that I haven't played in a loooong time!! "Hot For Teacher" ROCKED!!!! Thank you Ralph, Joe, Scott, and Lance for inviting me to come out and hang...I think there are some pics of the show out there, but I will also post some up for ya.
Last but certainly not least, it looks like I'll be trading my snowboard this New Years for flip flops, as I will be joing Sammy down in Cabo for some sun and jammin' at the Cabo Wabo. I'm usually in the snow for the holiday's, so this will be quite a change. We'll be playing on New Year's Eve, and if I recover, a few more times. Check out Sammy's website for the dates......See Ya Soon!, Michael

109 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Realyvasquez said...

Hey Mike! Good to hear from you, it's been a while. Glad you had a great time with the family. We really missed you at Gibson. My wife and I got to hang out with Mark and Brian backstage and we were sad to hear you were not going to be there. We had a blast though. I saw Dugie and he explained where you were. I asked Dugie to pass on our best wishes to you and the fam. We hope to see you in Cabo.

Pat "The Hot Sauce Guy" Realyvasquez

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Mikey! Keep rockin'...

2:33 PM  
Blogger Kevin C said...

Hey Mike,

There are a lot of rumors flying right now that Dave will rejoin VH for a tour next year... and that Wolfgang will be playing bass.

That seems insane to me. He might be a great kid and all but I find it more than a little insulting that the music we all grew up with will be given to us by a kid now... I even have some misgivings about Roth being able to handle the job at this point.

Since hearing this news I've been reading all the stuff at VHforums and I wanted to ask you about what's going on because I know you're as big a fan of Van Halen music as we are.

All the best,

Kevin Cotter

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an all or nothing fan and gettin DLR back in and leaving MA out is not good enough.
I am a VH DLR era fan and a SH solo fan and unless I can get the 4 members together. I will not go to any so called reunion show.
E & A VH are nuts if they are planning things this way. Must be all the Meth

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Marshall Stack said...

Mike,

You've always been an integral part of Classic Van Halen music and it would be a real shame if you were NOT part of the supposed reunion of all original members in 2007! You have always been there for the fans and what great chance to leave a definitive mark in rock and roll history! In 2007, Van Halen can save the integrity (what's left of it) and legacy of Van Halen and give an opportunity to those who never experienced one of the greatest rock and roll bands to come out of America!
Van Halen will always be remembered as Dave, Mike Eddie and Alex and I hope you're a part of rock and roll history! With all do respect, being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame early in the New Year and being included and performing on one of the most significant and memorable world tours in history, you deserve to be there friend! Thanks for all the great memories Mike!

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, let us know what is happening if you can. And if there is really something going on, then talk to Al, Dave, and Ed and make this somehow happen.

All the best,

JP in NY

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Chuck Kourouklis said...

Mad Anthony! Thanks for sharin' what's up in your neck, man - but then you've always been good like that.

Maybe you perceive a theme emerging here, and I'd just like to dogpile right on top of it. There's a lot of us Roth/VH fans who won't buy a show without you. I'm hoping that reality approximates the way things seem, that Sam's mensch enough to give you his blessing on this and get back with you when the rumored show is all over.

But you strike many of us as the consistent class act in the whole sordid VH affair, and we can only hope you get your due. 'Cause as long as we've been waiting, as badly as we want to see Dave and Ed just one more time, it simply ain't gonna be right without you there.

Apart from the brothers, you're the one true constant. Know how much we dig you for that, whether there's any truth to these rumors or not.

8:37 PM  
Blogger vhcez said...

Mike, we missed you at the Gibson show but you were there in spirit, particularly when Sam played 'Good Enough." The fans are behind you and we wouldn't consider it Van Halen if you weren't there.

I've met you at Peppers in Arcadia for "Cinco de Mikey" as well as backstage and I know you're the real deal. Whatever you decide we will understand and support your decision.

Thanks for many years of great music.

cezar

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking that if the stories are true, that Wolfie is getting this to happen because he wants to see his dad play the Roth material, than how could he not want to see MA up there as well???

All I can say is, better not be EVH, AVH, Roth and WVH playing at the RnRHOF show!!

Love ya Mikey!!!
(Switzerland rules)

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite frankly, I would find it not only a heartbreakingly misguided, yet bone-headed move to leave M.A. out of any VH Reunion plans.
It would also smack of a vile lack of integrity on the part of the Van Halen brothers and Dave Roth.
I'm not naive enough to equate clear thinking with the Van Halen braintrust, yet come on: publicly leaving out Mike Anthony would not only be a stab in the back to the fellow, it would be an insult to the fans and a dim-witted move against the band's legacy.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,

I ditto most of the comments above. If the brothers don't have enough respect to include you in a reunion and treat you equally, then I back you if you tell 'em to 'you-know what'!!

What a joke! Wolfie in the band? Are you serious? Oooooo, can't wait for that! Maybe they'll play 'How many Say I' and my life will be complete! Or Wolfie'll lay down a mean bass groove on Mean Street...am I in a friggin dream??

You KNOW what you bring Mike and you have ten times the class of the other three freaks put together!

Have a great holiday! You are truly a class act in music!

5:54 PM  
Blogger CJDavidson said...

Mike,
I don't know what to say.
It just wouldn't be Van Halen without you.
Ed and Al and Mike and Dave. and Sammy. and Gary..
You guys are my Led Zeppelin.
Hard Peace & Heavy Love.
Rock and Roll
Van Halen

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are the reason I picked up a bass instead of a guitar when I heard/saw my first VH concert back in 79 (Women and Children First Tour).

On top of that, the VH sound is unique for 2 things to me (lead vocals aside): EVH guitar, and your harmonies. Nuff said, nobody can duplicate that. IF you are not on the tour with them, not only will I not go to the show, but I will encourage anybody thinking of going to stay home.

I hope these rumors aren't true, but if they are, it will be the biggest sham concert in history. Thanks to you for laying it down all these years, and being the classiest, most down to earth member of what used to be the best band in the world.

Sincerely,
Tim Freeman
Shark Rodeo
www.sharkrodeo.net
Beaufort, SC

9:05 AM  
Blogger david said...

whats up mikey?what ever you choose to do musically from this point on you have and always will have a fan for life.my best to you .

4:27 PM  
Blogger MtMcKinley said...

Just found out about your blog. There's no link on your official website. (http://www.madanthonycafe.com)
Congrats on the Hall of Fame!!!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Hey Mike!
I hope you keep rockin' with Sammy no matter WHAT!
I've been reading all the fluff and that's all it is to me. It's my opinion, but for what it's worth, if I were you, I'd let the Bros-VH do whatever the heck they want and just keep on having FUN with Sammy!
Who needs the headache? LOL!

Love ya dude!

Jeanette :-)))

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to see you finaly gave an answer to why you were not at soboba...the show was good, but not what I paid for in august...I bought three tickets to see the sam and other half show....got to see a very short sam show with no encores and no other half.....I tried to get a refund but could not...I find it hard to believe you were not aware of the rescheduleing of the shows...And you had a commitment to us the fans, that have paid your way...I would think a muti-millionaire like your self could have put us first that weekend and your wife would understand....I make 15.00 an hour and my wife would understand if I made promisses to my bose.....Oh well, f-the fans, the ones that pay everyones way......I also sent my same message to sammy after the soboba debacle.....we should have known we were getting the shaft when sammy said there was a curfew at soboba.....There is no local ordances at any indian sovern nation....never again will I waste me money on a sam and mike show.....I know this will not be posted with all the suck ass fans comments on the board, but maybe mike will read this.....

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mikey, Please put all of the Rumours to rest.... PLEEEEASE

Are you in or out of the Reunion Tour?

Please issue some kind of press release stating, no news....not in....still talking....i want in... etc etc.....not knowing is fueling anger in the community and some new bad or good would be appreciated.

THANK YOU

1:14 AM  
Blogger Michael Anthony said...

People have been asking..."Are you in or are you out of any reunion tour?? I want to let everyone know that I have have NOT been contacted by anybody about being part of any VH reunion tour. I'll keep ya posted. Thanks, Michael

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Jim Knapp, Wellsville NY said...

Mike,
I emailed the Official VH website to let them know that 'if you were not a part of the reunion tour, then don't even bother!' You are just as much a part of the VH sound as Eddie's guitar or Alex's drums! I hope they come to their senses. Your hot mustard rocks! I can't get enough of it...

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word is, some promoters have already been informally approached by the band reps about a '07 tour with and without you (Mike) involved. Every single one balked at putting up for a major North American tour with Wolfgang on bass. IMO, this gives you some serious leverage if the brothers want to mount as big a tour as is being discussed. Of course, you gotta put a price tag on spending several months with happy-go-lucky Eddie and Alex (and Dave!).

Choose wisely and good luck!

T.B.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Van Halen without Mad Anthony on the bass. You've got to be kidding. I will NOT attend a VH show that has no Mad Anthony on the bass PERIOD>> Rock on Mike.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, a lot of people on eddievanhalen.com are not happy about the way Mike's been treated. I think it would be a big mistake if they try to do it without you, Mike. If they don't contact you and negotiate a decent deal with you I'd tell them where to go. If I were you I'd take no less than 20% plus all the rights back that you signed away for the 2004 tour. You have the power if they contact you.

If it's DLR, Al, Ed and no Mike. IT WILL BOMB, GUARANTEED.

Don't get screwed again! Take back what's yours! The fans totally understand about not getting screwed

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time I checked Mike a band was more than one or two guys,even if it is Eddie Van halen.Do yourself a favour and keep having fun (It shows)and stick with Sammy Hagar,you will have less problems and put out music more than once every 5 years...Keep Rockin Mike...You Da Man !!..Derek Toronto/Canada

5:29 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Thanks for the update Mikey! :)

6:55 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Thanks for the update Mikey. Part of me can't believe they didn't ask you to be on tour. What a bunch of ASS HOLES. No Mikey No Van Halen for me. :)

We love you Mikey!

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, I'm sending out Mad props to ya bro. I have been a Van Halen fan for more than 20 years. You and the brothers have been the core of Van Halen no matter who the singers were. As I have said all since all this mess started, no Mike, no money out of my pocket for a CD, a tour, a DVD or nothing. That will be my protest and I stand by that. Mike you are just as much a part of Van Halen as the brothers.

Keep On Rocking,

Tom

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous (1:14 AM), thanks for getting Mike share the inside scoop. Now, would you please ask him to finish what he started, and pound on his Bass Of The Month website feature? (he better make it Of The Week, or we may never see them all.)

MADE in 2007 - VH Goes Crazy Again!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,

I'm so happy that Brad pointed me towards your blog. Glad to hear things are kick ass with Sammy. I'm sorry to say that VH has broken my heart for the last time. I wish the brothers would have had more class through everything. Oh well, I'm loking forward to more with you and Sammy. Keep Rockin!

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mikey, as much as i want to see the original vh lineup, don't do it! eddie is a couple of sandwiches shy of a picnic, you don't need the aggrivation. you seem happier playing w/sammy. best of luck

5:25 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

Hi Mike,
Eddie is still my absolute favorite guitarplayer, but if they really do a tour without U I won´t be there. I met U 1988 in El Paso and you are def. the best rock star I met. So friendly and more than down to earth !! VH without U is not VH anymore !!! Sorry Ed, but you must be out of your mind. (Sacred sin...) Come back to earth ! Greetings from Munich !

6:42 AM  
Blogger john yuhas said...

MIKE

DUDE-- YOUR BASS PLAYING AND HARMONIES HAVE GOTTEN ME THRU MANY A HARD TIME. I SAW YOU IN NASVVILLE AND ALMOST LOST MY MIND!!

I LOVE SAMMY MORE THAN DLR.

HOWEVER-- THERE'S NO DENYING I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE ORIGINAL HALEN LINEUP-- I GOT NOTHING AGAINST WOLFGANG--

BUT UNLESS YOU ARE DEAD-- THERE IS ABSOLUTLEY NO REASON FOR THEM NOT TO ASK YOU--

JULIAN LENNON, RINGO STARR'S SON, JASON BONHAM-- THEY ARE ALL FINE AND DANDY-- BUT NOONE CAN REPLACE YOU.

HEY ED-- IF YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE YOU KNOW READS THIS-- ARE YOU FUCKING CRAZY?!?!?!?!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mikey!

If there is going to be a VH tour next summer without you, it will be also without me! Getting a kid to play bass instead of having your killer live performances and your legendary pipes on stage is just insane.

I don't care who the singer will be - Dave, Sammy, Gary or even someone new, I'm open for everything. But a VH show without you is definitely not a VH show...it's not even a show anymore...

Whatever you'll up to in the future, we'll hang in there with you - you just rock!

Greetings from Switzerland
Jorge

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, don't get sucked into this vortex of insanity unless it's good for you. All of us fans know that it's not going to work without you on bass and backing vocals.

Don't let the uproar sway you into signing up just to make us happy. As much as we would all like to see you a part of this reunion, I'd rather see you keep the class you've had through all the soap opera years.

10:00 AM  
Blogger SeaVHfan said...

Mike, I am truly sad that the rumor mill is spreading with you not being the Bass player for the up and coming VH 2007 tour? This is so wrong on so many points, that I hope the four of you (Dave, Eddie, Alex & yourself)can work out some sort of compromise? It's just not the same without the "Original" four members. Wolfgang may have some musical tallent, but he will not have your backgroud vocals on stage. This is a "Main" part of the VH sound.

I can see Eddie, Alex & Wolfgang Jaming on stage with a instrumental tune like you did on the 82 tour with "Girl Gone Bad". I can't see him as a full replacement? If Ed & Al want to do a solo Instrumental album, then fine. Van Halen is still adn will always be the original four of you in my eyes. take care and ROCK ON!!!

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike whatever happens well be with you. The Other Half will always be better than whatever David Lee Roth and Eddie can put together. There shells of there former greatnetss. Your top notch, and the other half is fantastic. Put a cd togehter with Sam and the gang under The Other Half. Prove you can outrock VH and that 16 year old (If Indeed these rumors about them being in the studio are true.!

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN; No Mikey, no Van Halen.

Mike, You have been so cool and classy over the years, and you know that it's really all about the fans love for the music AND the band.

RIP to what could have been & should have been the greatest rock band ever. Greg in Denver

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just ain't VH without Mike!!!!!!!

I met you a couple of times on the VH3 tour and you were the coolest/friendliest of the band. If they're not including you they should leave Eddie out too!

I'm saving my money for the next Sammy/Mikey tour. (last one was great!)

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eddie! stop yanking everyones dick about the reunion tour and make it happen. your loyal fans are starting to lose interest!

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eddie just doesn't seem to get it. Mikey has been a loyal and integral part of VH for 30 years, even after the way he's been treated by the band for the last 10. Michael owes a lot to the band, but the band owes just as much to him. Any kind of reunion or HOF activity without MA would be a sham, an(other) insult to the fans. NOBODY knows what EVH has going on in his mind, but sometimes I think it would just be better if he walked away rather than carrying on with this petty stuff. Wolfie might be a great bass player - who knows, but I'm not interested in him being slipped into the band and 'forced' down my throat if I want to see VH again. Let Wolfie do his own thing. How can anybody fault MA for wanting to go out and play rather than sitting around waiting for EVH to pull his head out of his a@@ and get his act together? I won't be spending money to further degrade any integrity the band once enjoyed.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Willy said...

c'est clair, VH sans Mike, ça l'fait pas... mais on est malheureusement... ou heureusement... pas au courant de tout... vos relations, ce qui à été dit, ou pas...bref... la France est avec toi Mike!!!

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's fuckin' wack that you're not being included in the 2007 line-up. The VHs are really confused. They need to get their shit strait. The fans want the original line-up. Period. No disrespect to Wolfgang, but Eddie needs to let the kid create his own band.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous JJOYNT5150@aol.com said...

Mikey

Well, EVH has finally done it! He has disappointed fans for the last time. Any tour without you would be a disaster. You are the foundation for the band's tunes on the bass and the trademark sound on the vocals. Not to mention your awe inspiring stage presence. Good fucking stuff man!

VH is simply not VH without you. If you end up doing it, do it for the fans(as you always do). With much humility you did the last tour as a hired hand FOR THE FANS. That was awesome and I know Sammy wouldn't have done it without you.

Keep smiling! You are the best! It is you and Sammy that inspires me to play my music in my band 150 times a year.

If you do it awesome. If you don't do it, than Van Halen will be no more.

peace and love
~Joe
Fall River, Massachusetts

ps See you in Cabo!!!!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike like everyone here ive been a fan for many years. I have to say this is the final starw with me and the VH brothers. I always loved the band and Eddie alot being a guitar player. But those guys are so friggin selfish. Now Ed wants to pass off his kid as deserving of taking your place in VH. His last name might be Van Halen but I'm not buying it. Although it beaks my heart I wont be going to any half-assed reunion tour. I'll just have to stick with the old records..see ya C

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mikey,

I never thought I would say this, but "F" VH. Wolf of bass and trying to sing you're parts is going to be a train wreck that I'd rather not see. You and Sam are real and that's not easy to find in big money music these days.

Here's to you.

P.S. Time to write the book.

David

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Mike = No VH
Enough said!

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Steve Oros said...

Hey Mike
If this tour does happen in 2007 without you, whatever promoter takes on this fiasco is 5 times more "cracked up" than Eddie was on the last tour (if you know what I mean, with the emphasis on "crack"). That tour was a complete joke, I had free tickets for Toronto, but didn't go, because I didn't want to witness Eddie in the "state" that he was. Everyone knows he played like shit. Mike, everyone keeps telling you this but VH without you will be a joke, I can't think of one serious VH fan that would go, I wouldn't go if you gave me 10,000$ cash. You are way to nice to be treated like this, and WAY too important to the VH sound, END OF STORY. Anyone who pays to see this tour if it happens without Mike, should be publicly spat upon.

Steve Oros

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,

I have been a big fan of VH's music for years, be it w/Dave or Sammy. You are an integral part of the band's music and I've always enjoyed your off the wall solo's in concert. I'll never forget you picking your bass with your teeth to intro Running With the Devil in Worcester, 1988 or so. Anyway, I never saw VH w/Dave (too young at that time), and I won't see VH with Dave if you aren't there. It is obvious that for all of EVH's complaining over the years about the singers, he is the one who is truly the jerk. They should call it LGD, not LSD. LEAD GUITARIST DISEASE. Anyway, keep having fun with Sammy and bring "The Other Half" around again so we can enjoy the two VH members who know how to have fun and put on a good show.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

without Mikey there is no VH
no real CVH at least
hey mikey..have you spoke to Roth lately ? give him a call

5:39 PM  
Anonymous OUVH51502 said...

Van Halen is my religion; Eddie Van Halen my messiah, with Alex and Michael Anthony completing the trinity.

Mike, Al and Ed *ARE* the VH Triad - Strength, Balance, Perfection..

i.e. Try not to fuck up a good thing!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Ragen said...

Mike, I agree with every poster on her. I think that without you it cannot be a reunion. If that is even what they will call this train wreck. I really think that the shittiest part of this whole debacle is that you have not been given the opportunity to give them your decision. I would be behind you every step of the way whatever YOU decide, but I think you should be given the chance. I know that we all would want you to be there and I also know that I wouldn't blame you one bit if you gave them the thanks but no thanks...Flipping the bird!!! But after close to 30 years with VH I think they owe it to you to atleast give you a choice.

6:29 PM  
Blogger The Bo said...

Michael Anthony IS the VH sound. Your thunderous bass and high background vocals are just as important to the VH sound than Eddie's guitar playing...I support you no matter what. I've always said that if there was one musician that I could hang out with and get drunk, it'd have to be Mad Anthony! I've seen you with VH and I saw you in New Orleans with Sammy not too long ago...Unlike some of the others, you aren't sitting on your ass, You are still Kicking Ass!!!!!!!

Much love from a LONG time fan!

6:43 PM  
Blogger David Lee Roth said...

Hello everyone...this is the one and only David Lee Roth! I just wanted to let you all know things are coming along for the BIG REUNION in 2007. Michael Anthony hasn't been contacted yet because of legal issues I can't explain right now. Just be patient, the ORIGINAL, up to no good, classic Van Halen lineup will be rockin' your home town in no time!

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mad Mike, I can not believe that the Vh brothers are actually thinking of trying to pull this off without you. You my friend are the backbone and foundation of this great band that was. When I read about Wolfie, no disrespect to him and Ed, I could not believe it. You are tuly a class act and hope that the gray clouds part and thet the one true Van Halen with Mad Mike on bass comes to fruition.

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mike - I have been a life-long VH fan. Having read all of the recent news concerning the band, I think that it is a complete travesty how the VH brothers have treated you. Eddie's playing inspired me to learn to play, but as I've grown older I've become ashamed to admit that because of his recent bizarre behavior and comments, ie - writing music for porn, claiming to cure cancer, continuing to smoke after having had cancer twice, and generally ruining his own legacy and name. If it's really true that he's putting his fat, spoiled kid in VH in place of you, I will never purchase another VH related item again. I'm sure Wolfgang is probably about as talented as Jason Bonham... not very. Keep your head up Mikey and I hope, for all of our sakes, a VH reunion with you and Roth happens. Heck, I'd love to see Roth AND Sam together with VH, but that's probably wishful thinking. Peace Bro!

Bob - Chicago, IL

8:45 PM  
Blogger johnvhalways said...

Dear Mikey, I want to first tell you that I/we really missed you with Sam in New Orleans at The House of Blues this past tour. I hope to see you again soon. I dont know whats being thought of on this Van Halen stuff,butt apparently it sounds like you and Sam are not in it. I remember back many years ago during the opening days of 5150 with Sam and the beginning of "Bocephus mode" that people took the removal of DLR as a big thing.You guys took the stand that it was no Big deal,were just a band,we play and write music and its that simple.And again you prooved that with much success.I hope the puzzle gets put together with you in it. You of all people deserve the "HALL of Fame".You have made Playing and being a member of VH part of your life as some of us have listening to and watchin VH daily. To me thats important. Keep Jammin with Sam anyway. You deserve THE HALL!!!!

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,

Ed called you "sauce" on the howard stern show. Ya know what? He was right, you're the SECRET SAUCE that makes it all work. You provided the foundation. I even heard Dave say something like that.

As others have said, no Mike, No VH... bring on the Other Half. That's where the spirit of Van Halen lives... not in the guys who happen to have the last name... I just call them the HAVE NOTS.

VH will die but I can see you and Sam going on forever.

What happened to that smiling guitarist you used to play with? When did he become such a prick? Sorry for the language... couldn't think of a cleaner word to describe what he has become... besides it kind of fits his new porn empire.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no Van Halen without Michael Anthony! Otherwise it will be a fiasco... Eddie should sober up and contact Mike and Dave!

-Fan from Finland.

2:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Mike, no VH. Period.
It's more than four strings. It's attitude. It's brotherhood... and without all four... it's not the real family. How it could even OCCUR to anyone to do things in this fashion is absurd. No offense to anyone, Sam, Wolfie, etc... but magic was made by four men who surged forward and created something special together. Without all the elements, the magic isn't there.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It ain't Van Halen without Dave and Mike. But, Mike, when the time comes, don't let the sisters push you around.

Hyman Roth

12:52 PM  
Anonymous smithjc (carol) said...

Mikey - You are da true voice of Halen and replacing you in the original lineup is such a ridiculous, bunny brained idea! Been waiting too long to see the legends who gave us the six-pack to settle for anything less. You gotta be there man cause if you're not, I'm not. Thanks for all the great times and killer tuneage.

2:57 PM  
Blogger John Cota said...

I'd rather watch Michael jam with the Atomic Punks than see classic Van Halen without michael on bass. You rock Mikey!!!

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MIKE-YOU ROCK!!!
Edwarped on the other hand, is ready for the Mental Ward if he thinks that we CVH fans are going to buy tickets for a concert that does not include YOU.
You have a lot of support, Bro....never forget that, we are all dissapointed in the Van Halen sisters for quite some time now.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon...

Everyone bury the egos just long enough to realize the greatness of your COMBINED accomplishments.

This is insane! Fans have desperately wanted to see Roth with VH again since the '96 MTV debacle. Man, that's 10 years worth of rumors, speculation and just plain bullshit. Now that Roth is really in for a tour, the one member who was there for it all is now out?!

Sick, shitty irony, man. I can't believe this.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd hate to go see VH with out Mike on stage with the group! He's the reason I picked up a bass guitar in the first place. I don't give a rip how much of prodigy Wolfgang is supposed to be. If his dad can't sing, then I'm betting Wolfie can't either, and even if he can; you can be sure he can't sing as high as Mike does. Those high notes were the base that the background vocals were built on. Not to mention that Mike's bass playing kicked ass on every record put out by the original line up as well as every record that followed. They need Mike back in the group!

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,

There is a post that says its from 'davidleeroth'.

Is that really DAVE who posted??

Best.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike!! You sing, You Play..Screw it do a solo CD!! I am a VH fan from WAY before the 1st record and it is obvious Ed is having some ego problems. The Punks could back you up!!

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Hey Mike. . .

Hope you and Sam had a great year!

Been a fan from '84. Love Van Hagar better than the Roth era but all VH music is great to me ( yes, even Cherone VH is good too. . .I'm a guitar freak, you know! ). But with the recent " news " about VH with Wolfgang and possibly Roth. . .it ain't the same.

Without Mike and Sam. . .Van Halen is over. Edward. . .if you read this note. . . Hope you enjoy living in fantasy la-la land.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is going on? Are the VH brothers jacking Michael Anthony like they did to Sammy?? VH = Self Destruction!!

Last week, TheFeed ran a story about Eddie Van Halen’s spokesperson, Janie Liszewski, telling TMZ.com that his son Wolfgang was officially the new bassist in Van Halen. Well, now TheFeed can confirm he's in the band via our own correspondence with Liszewski, as well as the fact that there will be a summer 2007 tour!

"Yes, I can confirm this story in the respect of Wolfgang being the new bass player for the band and, yes, he has been in the studio with his dad and uncle rehearsing and writing for an upcoming summer 2007 tour," Liszewski told TheFeed exclusively. "Wolfgang most certainly has inherited the Van Halen musical genius gene. At 15 years of age his knowledge, understanding, skill, and command of multiple instruments is impressive.”

She also confirmed what Eddie announced on Howard Stern last month, that Michael Anthony is definitely no longer in Van Halen.

When asked about the rumor that the Van Halen boys will enlist original VH singer David Lee Roth for this tour, Liszewski said, “There has been no confirmation that David Lee Roth will be touring this coming summer."

So let's recap: We know that Eddie and brother Alex are rehearsing with Wolfgang on bass. We know that there will be a tour this summer. We don’t know who will sing for the band yet, but we know Eddie is open to working with Roth (he said so on Stern) and that no one is denying that Diamond Dave could be the frontman. Hmmmm…interesting.

9:20 PM  
Blogger John Cota said...

Mikey - instead of Eddie giving ultimatums, you should be giving him some: Get his rotten teeth fixed, get off the Smoking Loon 24/7, get into rehab for three weeks, and eat some solid food... or you won't even share the stage with him. I know that's probably what you've been thing anyway. You know much more than we do how bad of shape Eddie is in. If he doesn't get help, he will shipwreck. I can't believe he's even thinking of having his kid replace you - gimme a break! Like my kid could replace Gene Simmons! Yeah right!!!

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, I certainly hope that if it's true that the dysfunctial family ends up with Dave again that you are asked to come on board separate travel arrangements of course. But I have to ask and its really none of mine or anyone elses business but its really just for clarification. When you said you said you signed over the rights to the name VH. That didn't include your publishing right,ASCAP, you still get royalties right. What ever they are now with the internet and down loads. I certainly hope you didn't lose out on that. Oh and was that really DLR posting on your blog as if you would know?

12:26 AM  
Blogger Michael Anthony said...

Hey guys, I don't know if in fact it was Dave who posted the comment the other day. I thought I would just post it for everyone to check out!!....Michael

7:19 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Without Michael Anthony on board, this will not be a show I purchase a ticket to see. Period.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mike, I agree with everyone. No Mike, no VH. I certainly won't be attending any VH concert without you on bass. I really can't believe Roth would agree to play with Wolfie on bass. Who is going to sing back-up, Ed and Al? Yikes!!!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Patrick Smith said...

Mike:

You are a class guy and one hell of a player! Rock On My Brother! I am with ya!!!

9:15 AM  
Anonymous jimbo141 said...

hey i meant no disrespect to mikey with my post yesterday concerning eddies needing a frind. i have the utmost respect for mikey and sam, and wish alex would put his foot up eddie's ass and bring him back to reality. i will definatly not be attending any concert without sam, and mikey. maybe its better this way, stay away from all the drama. best of luck mikey and sam

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, great blog! you always treat the fans with respect! My point is I don't understand how Eddie could be pissed at you for touring with Sam in 02, and then ask Sam to go out in 04 without you????!!! If he forgave Sam, why still be pissed at you??? Is he that crazy????

Keep it real! Thanks for the great music!

-Rob in Cleveland

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is SO sickening to me! Mike, VH is not VH without you! I met you last year at the Hard Rock Cafe in LA, and you and Kevin were so nice to my girls! I'd rather see The Other Half any day than VH without you!

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a VH fan since I started getting zits around '82. As much as I would love to see the original lineup (I never have), I am more than content with my last VH memory- the 1st show (Greensboro) of the 04 Reunion- a show filled with positive energy, fan comraderie, powerful vocals, beer drinking and bass thundering in the true VH spirit!

No true VH fan would ever consider any lineup that you were not a part of to be VH (THE BAND)!

I mean come on, can Wolfgang VH even LIFT the mighty Jack Daniels bass???

Seriously, unless there are some ENORMOUS changes, you might as well let the labotomy brothers and captain bluegrass self-implode so you and Sammy can sit back with cold ones and watch the fallout on Entertainment Tonight. The VH boys need to re-establish some credibility.

A toast to Michael Anthony: Musican, Legend, and Class Act.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mikey!

The VH reunion would not be complete without you. Who's gonna hit his JD bass, empty a bottle of JD or simply sing the backing vocals if you're not there? If this reunion with Diamond Dave is true then COME BACK! It would be huge! In Europe and France particularly, we've been waiting for that for too long! You HAVE to be there!
Van Halen is: Alex Van Halen, Edward Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth! :)
Hope to see you back soon.

Michael.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike-
CLASSIC VAN HALEN ruled the world from 78-84. We've been waiting a long time for a reunion. Unless it's DAVID LEE ROTH, MIKE ANTHONY, ED & ALEX VAN HALEN....it AIN'T VAN HALEN.
3/4 of the GREATEST band in the land isn't gonna cut it. Not after the wait we've been forced to endure.
We know you're up for it. Having seen DAVID LEE ROTH the last 2 summers...He's up for it & singing better than ever. If the two miscreants up on Howdy Dowdy Mountain could finally act their age, we'd all be in business.

THe ROTHARMY is ready to roll.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mikey is not back with the band then dont call it a reunion. If Eddie would put down the bottle for a second , that cancer tounge jackass would see that "they" need Michael for this thing to be a success. I have seen Roth solo over the past few years and even though it would be great to have all 4 on that stage, dont trot him out with a shot throat either. Eddie wants to claim that he and some other dr. have cured this form of cancer that he had...how about this...discover a cure for assholitis and take the first dose, cause you must be crazy to think anyone is gonna be down with half assed reunion tour.To think that at one time he was the king of six strings, now he's a Pawn scoring porn.....what a waste.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,
Everyone here is on your side-If Ed can finally realize by this feedback that Wolfie is welcome as an occasional musical guest only, maybe a true CVH Reunion Tour can finally happen in 2007.
EARTH TO ED--Van Halen is ALL 4 Original Members!!!!!!

Just Reunite, Damnit!

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mike
you're really nice and great to us fans. You have always been great to us. So sad to hear the brothers are not giving *THE* call
Even here, far and far away from the US, speaking of Italy, I really love what you did and what you're doing. I'm a huge great music fan, and so I loved what you did with both incarnations of the band named Van Halen. I'd really LOVE to see you play and sing with the Mighty Van Halen , I wish Roth could be at the helm, 'cause I never saw this version of the band, what created the name and legacy.
I wish the comments above are coming from the real Diamond Dave one, and if true I really wish you could approach the matter thinking about the fans as you always did.
Thanks Mike.
Sincerely,
Luca - from Italy

2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey mikey, are you interested in a recepe for habanaro burgers? i know you are into hot stuff and these are really good, not too hot, just a little zip. my e-mail is jimbo141@windstream.net, thanks and keep on rockin

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im fucking pissed off man!!!!!!! WHY WONT EDDIE van halen CONTACT MIKE?...I DONT WANNA SEE volfgang playing fucking bass i want mike like all of you .mikes cant you call dave or something?i mean i know its eddie and not dave i have been reading alot of stuff and eddie is a fucking drunk!..let do it right in 07 man and have dave eddie alex and mike all on tour or nothing.make it happen mike!!!!!!we want you!

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Finnish VH fan said...

Hey, Mike!

Never seen Van Halen live on stage (although I had a chance back in '98, plus I have bootlegs), but I sincerely hope someone knocks some sense into Ed's difficult-to-access head.

I'd like to see if the original line-up could still have that enthusiasm/attitude it had some 20 years back, and prove to some friends of mine that VH is a kickass rock band, that deserves respect. (Unlike Mötley Crüe, IMO)

You're an important piece of the band, just like Dave, Al & Ed. Without you, Van Halen would be like a Hemi 'Cuda running with 6 cylinders, a busted 4-speed and a Pinto overtaking it...

If the reunion will occur with Ed's kid handling the bass, I'll just watch my bootlegs and wonder what the hell happened. (And get gloriously wasted in the process...)

Cheers!

6:16 AM  
Anonymous carla said...

When you live in Ohio, sandals trump snowboards anyday!!!! Me & Marcia will be there to ring in the new year too!
Carla

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Sonny said...

THE MIGHTY VAN HALEN IS NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT THE MIGHT MICHAEL ANTHONY!!!! van halen isnt van halen without you...make this whole tour like one huge saturday night with kick ass music, you have to be in the tour no questions asked...dont get me wrong im sure wolfgang can play being the son of EVH but van halen is you guys, you have to be in it because thats the only way ill go is if you four are in it

VH FOREVER!!!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mikey, This VH tour is 10 years to late. Who's sponsoring the tour this time Depends undergarments!!! Talk about a friggin' train wreck. Be fortunate your not involved in that farse. In the famous words of DLR. WE CAME, WE SAW, WE yawned. Borrrring! Do you really need that headache at this point in your life. Head to Cabo, stick your toes in the sand and drink a cold Margi. Summer tours with Sammy sound alot more inviting than that cluster F**K.

talk to ya, Zeke (Not Eddies old guitar tech)
fan since 78"

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,

The original Van Halen was clearly the band that set the stage for their legendary status and HOF induction next year. You should absolutely be present for the 2007 reunion fans have been waiting more than 20 years to see. However, that said... if they can call it Van Halen without Dave... they can call it Van Halen without you. Sorry Bud. Also... seats will be full one way or the other. Be well, and I hope you are there next year.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Missy said...

Mikey-
Just sending you my love and wanted to let you know that you are one of the classiest rockers out there. You're always there for your fans and always put on a great show. Know that without you, no matter what singer, it isn't VH, no matter how the brothers try to arrange it. I'll be saving my ticket money for a plane ride to Cabo instead.
Love ya!
Missy Rogers

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mikey,

In case you didn't know, someone put up a MySpace page to support you in light of your apparent dismissal from the The Jer...uh I mean Van Halen.

Everyone check it out and support Mike!!!

http://myspace.com/novhwithoutmike

P.S. Looks like some big bands feel the same way!!

1:30 PM  
Anonymous jimbo141 said...

mikey, may you, sammy, the wabos and your families have a wonderful thanksgiving. keep rocking!

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

iam glad eddie fired ur ass mike cuz u showed poor taste hanging out with a peice of garbage like sammy hagar...sammy lives off Daves and vanhalens fame cuz as a solo artist he never had any fame..mike u must have alot of money cuz u gave up playing arenas with vanhalen 2 playing bars and casinos with ur bitch sammy..i hope u love bars and casinos cuz that is all u and sam will ever see again....i seen on u tube hagar singing runnin with the devil,,,c hagar still living off Dave and vanhalen...sam and mike u 2 r no longer the other half of vanhalen and thank god eddie finally got rid of u 2 clowns..Billy fontenot..new orleans,la.

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

iam glad eddie dired u and sammy cuz u 2 suck...get use 2 playing bars and casinos cuz that is all u 2 will b playing...u 2 jerk-off's got wat yall deserve...wolfie will b great on bass...vh dont need mike or sam....Billy Fontenot new orleans,la.

1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh so u pick and choose wat comment u let b on here...well that sucks...u cant handle negative comments mike...only people kissing ur butt can get their comment on here well that sucks...u made ur bed with sam so sleep in it and i dont feel bad 4 u and enjoy casinos and bars....Billy fontenot new orleans,la.

2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Mike,

Well it's all been said here a thousand times but let me just add another post here. I will never support VH if they try to screw you out of whats rightfully yours and any reunion tour is out of the question without you. Who knows, maybe you are already over VH and don't really care at this point. In a way, I hope so...these guys can't seem to think very clearly for whatever reason and I won't bother to speculate here. Mike we all love you buddy...you've given us some of the most kick ass rock ever and your backing vocals are in class by themselves. We all know what a class act you are and we certainly appreciate it. Keep rocking man, I'll come and support you wherever you play and whoever you play with. P.S. I sold you the striped Rickenbacker Bass back in 83. My friend Cordell (who is still my best freind) say's "Hey Mikey!" We'll be looking out for you Mike so next time you swing through town, we'll be there!
Chris Atkins / Cordell Webb

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on put my last comment up by billy fontenot ...c i was right this is pick and choose....face it dude, mike is fired from vanhalen no matter wat anybody writes in this stupid fucking site,and no matter how many people sign their names or watever mike is done all bcuz of sam..now fuck u and fuck mike and fuck this website 4 fags cuz u pick and choose wat gets 2 b on here...put wat i wrote on the 29th and ukk start writting sumthin positive cuz i do have sumthin positive 2 say but i want my negative 2 b heard 1st...Billy lyle Fontenot new orleans,la.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS WEBSITE IS BULLSH#T cuz i wrote a comment 2 mike on the 29th that u screened and u wouldnt put on cuz i wasnt kissing mikes ass like these other asswipes and liars r doin...cuz all these guys that r telling mike they wont go 2 a vh 2007 reunion without mike r a bunch of liars and they all know it..they will all go 2 the 2007 vh show and they know they will...now i dare u 2 put that on ur website..i know u wont...u dont want 2 hurt poor lil rich mikey living in his mansion...awww 2 bad...this website sucks cuz u pick and choose wat comments get on here and yea sure u let 2 neg comments on but i know there is more but u wont let them on..i met Dave oct21,2006 after a show in marksville,la and i told him great show b4 he got in van and he said thanks freind and he was very nice and shook my hand and he was nothing like mike and sam said he was...Dave was not acting like god..sam and mike shut the f#ck up cuz yall r fired...mike my advice 2 u is go 2 eds house and tell ed no more sam and tell him u want 2 play every other song with wolfie or maybe dual bass players...it wont hurt 2 go ask ed. marshall marksville,la.

6:10 PM  
Blogger John Cota said...

Mike, you must really be secure in who you are as a person to let these idiots trash you on your own website. I guess they can't accuse you of censoring now.

I am as big a Van halen fan as anyone. I saw you guys in 2004, and I have seen you with Sammy twice in Saint Louis. Sure, bass players can be replaced - but your backup vocals are way too much of a signature sound of Van Halen to ever be replaced or impersonated by anyone Mike. Plus, your energy onstage is unequaled.

A lot of these guys who are trashing you here have simply never been able to get over DLR leaving Van Halen. They have a website where they bitch all day and night. I guess they have nothing better to do than slander Sammy Hagar and anyone who has anything to do with him. My advice to them is to get over it and move on.

Mike, the only way I would ever pay to see Van Halen again is if Eddie would spend 30 days in a rehab before the tour. Drinking that Smoking Loon wine 24/7 has finally taken its toll on him. In addition, I saw Wolfie on the 2004 VH tour, and that was enough for me. I would not pay to see him atempt to replace you on bass guitar. I'd rather kick back with a bottle of Cabo Wabo and watch Van Halen DVD's.

Keep rockin' Mike, and Happy Holidays!!!

JC

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is up with the angry comments? I thought this site/blog was for Michael Anthony fans who want to share their ideas and comments. For people to get so fired up and belligerent over a situation they have zero first hand knowledge of, is just sad. Personally, I have plenty of real stuff in my own life to spend my time and energy on.

Also...if you want people to take your opinion seriously, toning down the cursing and writing in complete sentences might help.

Mad Anthony Hot Souce Rules

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mike, please no more comments from that moron, Billy!

12:19 AM  
Blogger John Cota said...

Mike,

I read where you jammed with The Atomic Punks a few times. They kick ass! Why don't you and Sammy Hagar hook up with the Punks and go on tour together? Now that would truly be the Best Of Both Worlds!!! You know that it is a fact that The Atomic Punks sound more like Classic Van Halen than anything Eddie and DLR could put together today would sound. Ralph does Roth live better than Roth ever could.

Now that would be a tour I would pay to see Mike. May it happen bro! Talk to Sammy and put together the Best Of Both Worlds tour. It would kick major ass!!

If anyone wants to check out the Punks, here's a link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpkSYaNkanA

JC

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey mike,i hope things work out for you as far as a vh reunion,but if it doesnt,you have a big fan base in rochester ny thats all for ya.we,re all watchin on this one,i love classic vh,and every time i listen to the 1984 album,it brings back alot of bitchin memories.keep rockin and stayin alive.best wishes,roaddog

4:53 PM  
Anonymous scott hughes said...

Whatever you end up doing, with or without Van Halen, keep up the music Michael, you truly are one of the best bass/vocalists going!!

cheers mate

SCOTT HUGHES
Toronto

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike- Congratulations on making it to the R&R Hall of Fame! You and the guys (even the crazy ones) definitely deserve to be there. Maybe they can get that ref from the UFC to do the induction...

I was sorry to hear that you really won't be along for the 07 Roth tour, afterall. For one thing, that means that I won't be buying a ticket. Are they trying to turn VH into the Partridge Family? I get embarassed just thinking about that whole deal.

Anyway, your bass playing has always been an inspiration to me because you truly play from the heart and you always lay it right in the pocket. Plus it's obvious that you care about the music and your fans. I hope you can squeeze in some east coast shows this year- we'll be ready to party with you.

Until then,

Brian Sullivan
Richmond, Va

8:29 PM  
Anonymous enemencio123 said...

hey Mike,
we all love you still!!!
you are a very great inspiration to me as a musician...
and i personally think you still kick ass on the BASS!!!

rock on man... enemencio123

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,
it really is a shame AND a sham that you've been left out of the music and the band of all bands you more than helped create.
just know this:time heals wounds.
keep your faith in GOD,as you never were a fool,ego-trippin'like
3 other people I chose to call my
heroes of musicianship.
understand that I will always,ALWAYS,be partial to the guy who usually gets the coffee!(lol).
and ,oh yeah!...thanks for 31 years of bass-thmpin'and harmonizin'....I still want a solo LP from you! Top Jimmy66

5:02 AM  

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