Michael Anthony Admits That He And Eddie Van Halen Had Some Unresolved Issues

In an interview with Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown, former Van Halen bassist and the current member of The Circle, Michael Anthony talked about the status of his relationship with the late guitar icon Eddie Van Halen and revealed that he never had the chance to reconcile with him before his death.

As you may recall, three months ago, on October 6th, Van Halen‘s co-founder and lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away after a long and vicious battle with cancer. His son, Wolfgang gave the sad news of his father’s death with a statement he posted on social media platforms. Since Eddie’s passing, rock music community has been mourning after the death of the guitar legend.

Recently, the original bassist of Van Halen, Michael Anthony joined an interview and answered questions about his relationship with his former bandmate, Eddie. During the interview, Anthony talked about the very first time he listened to Eddie Van Halen playing live. He mentioned that it was Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and Mark Stone playing live at a local carnival. Apparently, Michael was impressed by both Eddie’s singing and guitar playing.

Here is what Michael Anthony stated about his first impression of Eddie Van Halen:

“We were just out of high school, and in the city where I lived, they were having a carnival on the field for the school. And on the weekends, they would have a few local bands play. And it was just the three guys — Eddie,  Mark Stone and Alex. And Eddie was doing the singing also. That’s the first time I ever saw him play.

And I remember I was impressed because they played — they must’ve played the whole Who ‘Live At Leeds’ or whatever, or any of the classic Cream stuff they played, Eddie played the lead stuff note for note. And back then, when you’re a kid like that, that’s very impressive to see somebody playing like that.”

Furthermore, Anthony opened up about how his relationship with Eddie was before his death and revealed that they hadn’t spoken for a long time. Michael stated that having some unresolved issues with Eddie was actually bothering him, yet he is aware of the fact that there is nothing to do about it anymore. He also touched upon the reunion plans of the band and added he was really sad that it never happened.

Here’s what Anthony said about the undissolved issues he had with the late guitar legend:

“We actually hadn’t spoken for many years, and unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to. And, you know, it kind of bothers me, because we had some issues that were never resolved. But, I mean, what can you do? We were on track for a reunion, which I’m really sad that it never happened. But, you know, life and the show goes on.”

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