Red Rocker launches tirade on former band-mate over comments made about bassist Michael Anthony.
Sammy Hagar has launched a staunch defence of former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony – signed off with the message “Fuck you, Eddie.”
Former Van Halen singer Hagar called out the band’s iconic guitarist and leader over recent comments in which he claimed he had to show Anthony how to play his bass parts via video tutorials. In the interview with Billboard, EVH says he brought his son Wolfgang into the band because of Anthony’s limitations both on bass and vocally.
Now Hagar – who works with Anthony in The Circle – has jumped to his friend’s defence, calling Eddie Van Halen “a liar.”
In a video released via Facebook, Hagar says: “Michael Anthony is a bad motherfucker. Fuck you, Eddie Van Halen, for saying that about Mikey. You’re a liar.
“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, and 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, and say, ‘No, Mike, don’t play with that many notes. Just stay on one note — boom, boom, boom – so that I can fuck up and nobody will know it.’
“I don’t know why they go after him like that. He doesn’t deserve it. He’s one of the greatest rock and roll bass players ever in the world. Michael Anthony is a top five rock’n’roll bass player in the world. Any bass player will tell you that, any musician will tell you that. Listen to him play on The Circle.”