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Michael AnthonyMichael Anthony as Van Halen’s lead vocalist?

“I could sing any of that crap”

By Mindy Rochwerg
October 28, 2014

According to, former Van Halen and now Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony was recently interviewed on the Lamont and Tonelli Show, which airs on the Bay area rock station 107.7, the Bone.

When the hosts complimented Anthony on his singing voice by telling him that he could be lead singer in his own right, Anthony reacted by saying, “Yeah, you know, but I don’t need that kind of pressure on me. Lead singers, they’re their own breed.”

Commenting on when people starting noticing his voice, Anthony said, “It wasn’t until the fourth or fifth Van Halen record that people would go, ‘Wow! You’re singing backgrounds on those records. That’s not David Lee Roth.’ And I go, ‘Hell, no! That’s not David Lee Roth.’”

In an interview with Rolling Stone back in February of 2013, Roth, speaking of his disappointment in not having a reunion of the original band, commented on Anthony’s singing abilities: “And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever – 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. Van Halen is an indelicate house blend of both – that’s intentionally.”

In the past, former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar has accused the band of using tapes of Anthony’s backing vocals for their 2007/2008 reunion tour, for which Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son, replaced Anthony as bassist.

Asked by the radio hosts which Van Halen song Anthony would most like to sing lead on, if he had to choose only one, Anthony responded: “Ahh…. Oh my God… I sang ‘Somebody Get Me A Doctor.’ That actually goes over quite well. But I don’t know… Man, I’d sing any of ‘em. I could sing any of that crap. C’mon! I can sing it all.” [Laughs]

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