Saturday, June 20, 2015

Eddie Van Halen about Michael Anthony: "I have more soul as a singer than he does"


Eddie Van Halen was interviewed by Billboard.com, he revealed that he would to record a new album, but not everyone agrees about which musical direction the next album should take. You can read some excerpts below.

"It's hard, because there are four people in this band, and three of us like rock 'n' roll, and one of us likes dance music. And that used to kind of work, but now Dave Lee Roth doesn't want to come to the table."

About the three year union with Gary Cherone: "It was a strange thing with Cherone. We were getting ready to go on tour, and all of a sudden I see this John Travolta outfit these big lapels and a crazy jacket. He's like, 'This is my stage outfit.' That's when I realized it wasn't going to work. But I don't dislike Gary at all."

Eddie also addressed a passage from former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar's 2011 autobiography "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock": "I was an alcoholic, and I needed alcohol to function. I started drinking and smoking when I was 12. I got drunk before I'd show up to high school. My ninth grade science teacher, he could smell the alcohol, and he told me, 'Don't drink anything you can't see through.' And I was like, 'So, vodka?' And he said yeah. Which was great, because that was my drink... I'm not blaming my father at all, but he was an alcoholic, too. So in our household, it was normal. But it never affected his work, although I guess it didn't affect my work, either. Around 2004, I suppose I became a very angry drunk. But the stuff in Hagar's book was definitely embellished. That's him painting a picture of something that never happened."

About his son Wolfgang who replaced Michael Anthony: "Every note Mike ever played, I had to show him how to play. Before we'd go on tour, he'd come over with a video camera and I'd have to show him how to play all the parts. Mike's voice is like a piccolo trumpet. But he's not a singer. He just has a range from hell. Mike was just born with a very high voice. I have more soul as a singer than he does. And you know, people always talk about Mike's voice on Van Halen songs, but that’s a blend of Mike's voice and my voice. It's not just him."