Michael Anthony Reveals Why Eddie Van Halen Fired Him


Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony recently discussed why Van Halen fell apart in a radio interview with Pete McMuray, eventually leading to his 2006 firing. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments. Michael Anthony recently called out a ‘sick’ Eddie Van Halen diagnosis.

“Unfortunately when you get a band, and all of the big bands will tell you the same thing, it turns into a big corporate thing after awhile. Then the next thing you know, each guy has got his own manager, his own chef, his own this and that. Then when everybody has their own lawyer, that’s when the fun really starts happening.

When we go out and play with the Circle, we just go out and have fun. The only thing I don’t like is having to live out of a suitcase when I have to do it. But going out with the guys and playing shows is great. This coming tour is going to be a lot of fun, we had our album that came out last May, so we decided to keep the momentum going with Whitesnake and Night Ranger.”

Billy Sheehan recently clarified rumors on his Facebook page that he was asked to replace Michael Anthony in Van Halen on three different occasions. He said, “More fake news —-Though I spoke with Eddie Van Halen on 3 different occasions where he asked me about being in his band, the offer never came through.

They never followed through on any sort of an official offer and therefore I never ‘turned down’ any offer, because it eventually fell through. This is the result of recycling old news ( I’ve spoken of this before) because I thought I’d do a favor some little website that asked for an interview, and then they decided to make this the headline (or clicks) and many other websites picked up the ‘story’ to get more clicks. Recycled, inaccurate and rebranded old news. Never happened.” Michael Anthony just revealed if Van Halen will reunite in 2020.