Van Halen songs in the movies

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The following is a list of all the Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and Sammy Hagar songs that were featured in movies throughout the years.  A “*” indicates that the song was released on the official soundtrack for the film. Thanks to Dave Vincent and to the Van Halen Encyclopedia for this list. This is […]

Michael Anthony interview with Ultimate Guitar

UltimateGuitar.com conducted a new interview with Michael Anthony that’s mainly about Chickenfoot. Here’s the Van Halen segment:

Michael Anthony: ‘It Is An Unusual Mix Of Characters That Make Up This Band’

Michael Anthony: 'It Is An Unusual Mix Of Characters That Make Up This Band'

Ultimate Guitar: With all your years with Van Halen, what do you consider one of your most treasured memories of your time with the band?

Michael Anthony: It is probably when we walked out on stage in Southern California at the US festival in 1983. There was like 300,000 to 400,000 people there as we walked out on to that stage. I mean my mouth just dropped wide open. It was Woodstock times ten to me.

Ultimate Guitar: My personal favorite Van Halen album of all time is the Fair Warning album.

Michael Anthony: Cool, Fair Warning is my favorite Roth era album.

Ultimate Guitar: I really think that album has been highly under rated over the years. Looking back now, what do you remember about the making of that album?

Michael Anthony: After having had made a few Van Halen records, we were obviously becoming a lot more comfortable in the studio. I think at that stage, as players, we were really becoming more accomplished as far as playing better than we have ever had as a unit and as a band. I just remember it was all good times. One great thing about a lot of that early stuff too is that we never, or used very, very few, overdubs, guitar overdubs. We always wanted to play it live, like we did on stage because that was how we would ultimately end up playing it to the people anyway. At that stage we were also learning a lot of the technical stuff, all the magic and all the stuff, the fairy dust that you can spread on stuff in the studio, but we always wanted to maintain that raw type sound. I think at that point we were probably rocking as a band.

Ultimate Guitar: Finally having been in this industry for many, many years now, what advice would you offer on the business side of things to up and coming musicians?

Michael Anthony: To probably go with what you feel in your heart to do. Like we [Van Halen] had management and record companies try and sway us one way or the other, but Van Halen, we always stuck to our guns and recorded the kind of music that we wanted to play. We never sold out to doing what was happening in the industry at the time or what everybody else was buying. Sometimes you may suffer or starve a little bit, but it is always more satisfying to play what you feel in your heart and what you love to play rather than trying to second guess and please anybody.

Click “Read the rest” for the full interview.

Official Chickenfoot Tour Merchandise

All the Official Tour Merchandise from everyone’s favorite NEW rock ‘n’ roll band is now available at Van Halen Store! All items are in stock and shipping now. Chickenfoot Hoodie $39.95 SOLD OUT! Chickenfoot Longsleeve Shoulder Logo $24.95 M, L, XL, 2XL Chickenfoot Jammin’ Tee $19.95 M, L, 2XL Chickenfoot White Logo Tour Tee $19.95 […]

Gibson article about the early years of Van Halen

"The Inside" - the Official Van Halen Magazine!

From Gibson.com. [The PHOTO of young Alex and Eddie Van Halen is from the (out of print) Official Van Halen magazine, The Inside.] The Early Years of Van Halen: A Paper Route, a High School Essay, and a Couple of Lucky Breaks Jerry McCulley | 01.23.2008 It took a decade of false starts, misfires, and […]

Miniature Chickenfoot Bass Replicas

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These Miniature Chickenfoot Bass Replicas are officially licensed reproductions of the two bass guitars that Michael Anthony currently plays on stage with Chickenfoot. Available at Van Halen Store. Scale: 1:4 Height: 10.5″ tall Color: White with Black Chickenfoot logo Includes: Adjustable Display Stand The replicas were created exclusively for Mad Anthony by Axe Heaven Miniature […]

Michael Anthony Talks Chickenfoot and Van Halen

Michael AnthonyFrom Undercover.com.au.

INTERVIEW: Michael Anthony Talks Chickenfoot and Van Halen

by Paul Cashmere – November 14 2009

In 1974, Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth became known as Van Halen. That decision took up the next 30 years of Anthony`s life.

However things changed in 2004. What started as a reunion tour with Sammy Hagar that should have taken the band around the world disintegrated after 80 shows on the North American tour. When the band once again reunited in 2007 for a tour with David Lee Roth, Anthony discovered via the press that he was no longer in the band.

Anthony had no intention of retiring but the next phase of his career would be for the fun and music, not the money or the fame. Chickenfoot had played a few casual gigs at Sammy Hagar’s club in Mexico but this year they took it one step further.

The first performance was in February 2008 in Las Vegas. Anthony, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s drummer Chad Smith joined Sammy Hagar on stage at his gig and played three songs. That night is now documented as the first Chickenfoot performance.

In June 2009, Chickenfoot released their debut album.

To find out the Chickenfoot story and the truth behind the implosion of Van Halen, I talked to Michael Anthony.

Click “Read the rest,” below, for the full interview.

Harp Karaoke: Van Halen!

Here’s a chick named Mylle who loves the harp & ’80s rock. “I wore my spandex-ish leopard print leggings for the occasion…” And here is her doing “Right Now.”

Lowest prices on Van Halen & David Lee Roth CDs

Van Halen Store has new, lower prices on all official Van Halen & David Lee Roth CDs. Each is priced up to several dollars off the list price! Van Halen & David Lee Roth CDs from as low as just $6.95! With Christmas just around the corner, these would make great stocking stuffers for VH […]

‘Chickenfoot Live’ Movie Trailer

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“CHICKENFOOT LIVE” World Premiere Theatrical Event on Tuesday December 1st, 2009 On DEC 1st for ONE NIGHT ONLY, you can check out a world premiere of CHICKENFOOT LIVE theater show in participating theaters. In theaters Dec. 1st – Come experience the very first filmed live show of the new rock collaboration Chickenfoot! CHICKENFOOT LIVE the […]

Chickenfoot on That Metal Show

VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show caught up with Chickenfoot before their concert at New York’s Irving Plaza in May. The first half of the video clip below contains the entire 5-minute Chickenfoot segment, which originally aired on Nov. 7th.

RARE “Cradle Will Rock” TV lip-sync performance

Here is a rare treat. A little-known clip of Van Halen lip-syncing for TV in Europe in 1980. Keep in mind that seeing Van Halen on TV was something that almost never happened back in 1980. And when you did actually get to see a great rock band on TV, it was often a lip-sync […]

Music Review: Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot (Deluxe Limited-Edition)

BlogCritics.org posted a second review of the Deluxe Chickenfoot CD/DVD. Author: Greg Barbrick — Published: Nov 15, 2009 The sound of “classic rock” is alive and well on Chickenfoot. Actually, the term classic rock is a little ridiculous, as it is used to describe anything from about four decades of music. Let’s just say that […]