VAN HALEN Bassist MICHAEL ANTHONY Checks In

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has posted the following message on his official blog:

"First of all, I'd like to wish everyone a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Be safe out there.

"A lot has been happening since I last posted.

"First, I'll start with the two shows [with Sammy Hagar] the other week that I missed. Management booked these two shows (Gibson Amphitheatre, Soboba Casino) without my knowledge after the tour, and failed to let me in on it!! I was pretty pissed, as months before I had booked a getaway for that same weekend for my wife's birthday, and I would not have gained any points with her if I was to bail!! (All you married guys out there know what I'm saying.) Anyway, I told Sam's management to keep me in the loop in the future so this doesn't happen again!

"Cabo for Sam's B-Day bash was probably one of the best so far, and I'll post some pics for everyone to check out. I also jammed with my buddies THE ATOMIC PUNKS [VAN HALEN cover band] last week at a corporate party for Yahoo! What a blast!!! I got to play some of the early VH that I haven't played in a loooong time!! 'Hot For Teacher' ROCKED!!!! Thank you Ralph, Joe, Scott, and Lance for inviting me to come out and hang...I think there are some pics of the show out there, but I will also post some up for ya.

"Last but certainly not least, it looks like I'll be trading my snowboard this New Year's for flip flops, as I will be joing Sammy down in Cabo for some sun and jammin' at the Cabo Wabo. I'm usually in the snow for the holidays, so this will be quite a change. We'll be playing on New Year's Eve, and if I recover, a few more times. Check out Sammy's website for the dates."

Michael Anthony recently completed a tour with Sammy Hagar as THE OTHER HALF. In addition to Anthony and Hagar, THE OTHER HALF includes WABORITAS guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer David Lauser. Hagar recently told Launch that Michael Anthony has been liberated by this move, and he also said THE OTHER HALF is better than VAN HALEN right now. "He's kinda been chopped up over the years, you know, so now we took all those pieces that have been chopped up from different tours and put 'em all together, and he does this awesome bass solo," Sammy said. "And then we bust into about 10-12 VAN HALEN songs. For the hardcores that gotta have it, we're gonna give you THE OTHER HALF's version, which is basically closer to the record than (laughs) what the last VAN HALEN tour was, unfortunately."

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