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May 11, 2017 at 9:59 am Quote #56475



5 Absurd Reasons Musicians Have Been Fired From Famous Bands
By Gladstone Gladstone ·
March 15, 2014

People get kicked out of bands. It happens. The Beatles nixed Pete Best because Ringo was a superior drummer. Metallica got rid of Dave Mustaine because only two very low IQ rageaholic jackasses are allowed in a band and they already had James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

But sometimes people are kicked out of bands for absolutely stupid reasons. Here are five of the most ridiculous band firings.

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2 Jon Anderson of Yes Got Fired for Needing Time to Recover from Hospitalization

1 Michael Anthony Got Fired by the Van Halen Brothers for Not Hating Sammy Hagar Enough

Here’s a fun game I’ve been playing for the last two weeks: watch every single interview with Van Halen or members of Van Halen you can find on YouTube and then try to figure out which member ISN’T an asshole. Good luck with that. But after about 20 hours of research, I’m pretty sure that if I had to pick one dude from Van Halen not to hate, it would be bassist Michael Anthony. By all accounts, he seems to be just some dude.

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“So yeah, I play bass and do backing vocals. Sometimes I eat pizza and drink beer. I like TV. And yeah, that’s about it.”

But to truly understand how craptastic Van Halen’s firing of Anthony was, you need to get the full picture of how the Van Halen brothers operate:

Part One: The split with David Lee Roth

When the VH boys and Diamond Dave split in 1985, it was easy to blame David Lee Roth. He’s made a career of being a professional narcissist, a hyperbolic cartoon of a man. It was quite easy to believe that Eddie Van Halen was dying to be an artist and Dave only cared about testosterone-driven silliness. But as another 30 years would reveal, that’s probably very wrong. Instead, it seems there’s a lot of truth to that DLR clip below. It might be the only clip of Roth where he is so completely focused, articulate, and angry. It’s Dave minus the “boz-de-boz-de-bop” goofiness, and he makes a very compelling argument that the Van Halen brothers are little brats who make people needlessly pick sides and draw battle lines.

Part Two: The Split With Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone

So the Van Halen boys hooked up with new singer Sammy Hagar — a man with seemingly less ego than Roth, and more of a traditional musician. A man who embraced Eddie Van Halen’s desire to continually wimp up Van Halen with cheesy keyboards. So problem solved, right? Nope. After a successful decade with Sammy, it seems the boys hated him, too, and he was surprise-fired. Then came a bullshit publicity stunt where the band pretended to bring back David Lee Roth to help sell their greatest-hits album. Oh, that’s only if you believe Roth instead of the VH boys, and I totally do. The band then hired ex-Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone. And then they fired him, too.

Part Three: The Firing of Michael Anthony

So Van Halen’s doing nothing, Eddie’s health is failing, and nothing’s going on with the band. Michael Anthony says, hey, sure I’ll play some dates with Sammy Hagar while nothing’s going on with the band I played with for 30 years. And guess what? Anthony gets fired. As Anthony said in 2010:

“The major reason why I’m not in Van Halen is because I became friends with Sammy again. The Van Halen brothers never got over that. If they hold a grudge, they hold it forever.”

Now, some may say that’s bullshit, because Wolfgang Van Halen (Eddie’s son and Anthony’s replacement) is a far better musician. Sure. Why not? It’s not hard to be a better bass player than Anthony. He’s merely serviceable, but, y’know, good enough to play bass for the band for 30 years, so it’s not really clear why that matters. Also, anyone who says that is missing Anthony’s real value: his killer high-end vocal. David Lee Roth gets it, and has spoken openly about wanting Anthony back in the band for precisely that reason:

“What we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever and that was in Michael Anthony. . . . In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys … so I would always look forward to that reunion.”

So after reviewing the footage, my verdict is that the VH boys are guilty of putting their own personal line-in-the-sand petty spiteful mentality over the music, just like Roth said they did 30 years ago when this whole thing started.

May 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm Quote #56476


http://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-halen-wolfgang-valerie-bertinelli-interview/: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-halen-wolfgang-valerie-bertinelli-interview/
Since her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen so far isn’t doing any interviews in support of his band’s new album and tour, Valerie Bertinelli called into WRIF Detroit’s Drew and Mike show to talk about how the band, and specifically their son Wolfgang, is doing out on the road.

The ‘Hot in Cleveland’ actress was proud to talk about her son’s skills – “Wolfie can definitely back up everything with his playing, you can’t deny that he is an excellent bass player and an excellent musician, his voice is amazing.”

She also addressed Van Halen fans upset that her son took over founding bassist Michael Anthony’s role in the band, and explained it’s the only way Eddie would be making music publicly. “I loved Mike too, I thought he was a really nice guy, still do,” Bertinelli explains. “But the only way this tour is happening is because Eddie gets to play with his son Wolfie. Otherwise, this tour wouldn’t be going on, it really wouldn’t.”

According to her, the lure of playing music with their son is the main factor that convinced the guitar wizard to get the band back together: “This brings joy to Ed, and that’s what he wants to do now, just have fun playing. As great as Mike is, this wouldn’t be happening if Mike was still in the band.”

She also has a message “for any of the fans that are truly angry that Mike’s not in the band… at least they get to see a version of the band. You’re getting to see Dave and Ed and Al play together. I know I’m a little prejudiced but.. my son kicks ass! And Ed’s playing better than ever, you’ve gotta give him that.”

I use to be upset that Mikey wasn’t in the band … it took Valerie of all people for me to get over it. I think she put it best.

May 12, 2017 at 1:31 am Quote #56478


frankm: I use to be upset that Mikey wasn’t in the band … it took Valerie of all people for me to get over it. I think she put it best.

A solid argument for Wolfie indeed, one that I had before she said it. I really saw gaining Wolfie as a plus rather than losing Mikey as a minus. He has got to be one of the most humble rock stars ever & for sure the nicest I’ve ever met but I actually like VH better with Wolfie!


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