The relationship between Eddie Van Halen and Michael Anthony isn’t exactly a friendly one, but it seems as though Anthony isn’t harboring any negative feelings about being replaced in Van Halen.
During a recent interview with ForBassPlayersOnly.com, Anthony was asked his opinion on Wolfgang Van Halen; Eddie’s son who now plays bass for the band that bears their last name.
Though Wolfgang, now 22, was brought into the band as Michael Anthony’s replacement in 2006, Anthony had nothing but nice things to say about the youngest Van Halen.
“I think he’s a great kid. I mean, obviously, I’ve known him since he was born,” Anthony says in the interview. “He’s a great musician. He’s a great bass player. He plays drums, guitar, bass and sings.”
“His dad, Ed, wanted his son to play with him, so you know, that’s, you know, totally great,” he continues. “I mean, I found out that he was going to be playing bass [in Van Halen] with everybody else when they did their press conference. I wished him luck in a couple interviews I did, and hopefully he read those.”
Despite the fact that Anthony no longer plays with Van Halen, his career certainly hasn’t slowed down. Over the past few years, the bassist has released two albums with the supergroup Chickenfoot, which also features former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar.
Additionally, Anthony is currently on tour with Hagar as a part of his Four Decades of Rock tour, celebrating the singer’s 40-plus year career in Rock and Roll.
Check out Michael Anthony’s entire interview with ForBassPlayersOnly.com, and let us know what you think of the bassist’s kind words in the comments section!