Eddie Van Halen slammed David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony in a recent interview, and now Sammy Hagar is slamming him. On Saturday, Rolling Stone posted video of Hagar defending Anthony after Eddie Van Halen’s rant about the former Van Halen bassist, and his angry response included a direct message to Eddie: “You’re a liar.”
In an interview with Billboard posted on Friday, Eddie Valen Halen trashed his current lead singer David Lee Roth, and he also said Michael Anthony had a terrible singing voice and wasn’t that great of a bass player. “Every note Mike ever played, I had to show him how to play,” Van Halen said. “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.”
But in his rebuttal to fans, Hagar stood up for his former Van Halen and current Chickenfoot bandmate, saying he’s angry to see Van Halen target Anthony, whom he described as the most loyal and dedicated guy in the band. Hagar also called out Eddie Van Halen as a liar in the expletive-fueled response.
“For Eddie to say he had to show him what to play and then teach him all those songs, that’s the biggest line of bullsh-t in my life,” Hagar said. “I was in that band for 11 years, there was never a video camera involved of Eddie showing [Anthony] what to play.” Hagar accused Eddie of telling Anthony to “stay on one note” so it would camouflage his guitar mistakes. While Hagar went on to describe Anthony as one of the greatest bass players in the world, he had no comment on Van Halen’s harsh words against David Lee Roth.
In the Billboard interview, Eddie Van Halen said David Lee Roth likes dance music more than rock ‘n roll, and he added that the animated lead singer “doesn’t want to come to the table” when it come to making new music. He also made fun of Roth’s appearance, saying, “Roth’s perception of himself is different than who he is in reality. We’re not in our 20s anymore. We’re in our 60s. Act like you’re 60. I stopped coloring my hair, because I know I’m not going to be young again.”
The feud between Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth started 30 years ago, when Roth quit Van Halen for a solo career in 1985, then returned to the band, and was fired again in 1996. While the dysfunctional duo will kick off Van Halen’s North American tour in less than two weeks, Michael Anthony has long been gone from the band after allegedly being forced out. Anthony was replaced by Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang.