Sammy Hagar: Eddie Van Halen is a liar

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 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’n’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.”

This week, Hagar claimed Van Halen were trying to prevent him from playing songs he recorded while with the band. And in April, he took aim at current Van Halen singer David Lee Roth’s “rough” vocals.

Van Halen recently released live album Tokyo Dome In Concert and start a US tour next month.


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Stef wrote close to 5,000 stories during his time as assistant online news editor and later as online news editor between 2014-2016. An accomplished reporter and journalist, Stef has written extensively for a number of UK newspapers and also played bass with UK rock favourites Logan. His favourite bands are Pixies and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Stef left the world of rock'n'roll news behind when he moved to his beloved Canada in 2016, but he started on his next 5000 stories in 2022.