Some people have joked over the years that Anthony is the luckiest man in rock, that his bass talents are not that great. Firstly, he is a better bass player than many people think, and secondly, his distinctive vocal harmonies are an integral part of Van Halen’s classic sound that have been sorely missed since he was dismissed from the group and replaced with Eddie’s son Wolfgang. There are some recent videos that make a case for the fact that Anthony is still a solid bassist and great backup singer. Just take a listen to the clips below. The first one features him in Hagar’s group The Circle during a performance on the Howard Stern Show of a Van Halen tune made popular on the OU812 album. The next two clips are spontaneous live performances featuring guitarist John 5, Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor, Cinderella drummer Fred Coury, and Anthony himself. They played a number of different covers live at a recent John 5 show at the Whisky a Go Go in L.A., including a classic Van Halen song and a Kinks cover that VH brought to a new audience back in the day.
These clips are proof positive that Anthony should be reinstated back into the group. Van Halen: Bring back Michael Anthony! Not only is he important to the band, but your fans will love seeing him back on stage with you.