The ongoing feud between EDDIE VAN HALEN and SAMMY HAGAR got turned up a notch over the weekend, after Eddie took a shot at longtime VAN HALEN bassist MICHAEL ANTHONY, who’s now buddies with Sammy.
Eddie told “Billboard” he thinks his son WOLFGANG is a better bassist than Michael is . . . because, quote, “Every note Mike ever played, I had to show him how to play. Before we’d go on tour, he’d come over with a video camera and I’d have to show him how to play all the parts.”
Eddie also said he doesn’t think Michael’s backing vocals were all that great . . . quote, “Mike’s voice is like a piccolo trumpet. But he’s not a singer. He just has a range from hell. Mike was just born with a very high voice.
“I have more soul as a singer than he does . . . people always talk about Mike’s voice on Van Halen songs, but that’s a blend of Mike’s voice and my voice. It’s not just him.”
In response, Michael took the high road: Quote, “I’m proud to say that my bass playing and vocals helped create our sound. I’ve always chosen to stay out of the never-ending mudslinging, because it ultimately ends up hurting the fans.”
Not surprisingly, Sammy had something to say about this, and he was FURIOUS. In a Facebook video, he tore into Eddie, saying, quote, “Mikey was the most loyal guy in the band. He was the first guy there at rehearsal, the last guy to leave.”
“For Eddie to say he had to show him what to play . . . that’s the biggest line of [B.S.] I’ve ever heard in my life . . . Michael Anthony is a bad mother[effer]. [Eff] you, Eddie Van Halen for saying that about Mikey. You’re a liar.”
(Here’s the UNCENSORED video.)
By the way, Eddie also took some shots at DAVID LEE ROTH in the interview . . . and he admitted that they have no relationship whatsoever, and are just together out of obligation to the fans.
Eddie says, quote, “He does not want to be my friend . . . Roth’s perception of himself is different than who he is in reality. We’re not in our 20s anymore. We’re in our 60s. Act like you’re 60.”
He added that he’d LIKE to record a new Van Halen album with Roth, but that’s difficult because, quote, “There are four people in this band, and three of us like rock ‘n’ roll. And one of us likes dance music.” That’s Roth, of course.