Michael Anthony Talks Van Halen Conflict

07/01/2011
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(Gibson) Former Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony seems to have found new life in the hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot; and if you ask Anthony, he'll whole-heartedly proclaim Chickenfoot are "like how Van Halen was in the early days."

"It's four friends getting together and having a good time," Anthony told Ultimate Classic Rock about the band, which includes his former Van Halen bandmate Sammy Hagar, as well as guitarist Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. "I guess a lot of that has to do with, you know, we've all had our own careers and done really well. So, it's not like we have anything to prove, and we don't need to do it for the money, so we can do it just purely for the enjoyment of making music."

He added that Van Halen's '04 reunion was more than a little uncomfortable because, "the way that turned out, Eddie didn't want me on that tour anyway, because I was a 'traitor,' because I sided with and was jamming with Hagar…" more on this story

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