Michael Anthony gave an interview last week to the “Lamont And Tonelli Show,” which airs on the Bay Area rock station 107.7 The Bone.
The radio host steered the conversation into vocals, and went on to compliment Michael…
Host: I’ve got to give you credit. A lot of people don’t give you enough credit, because you’re a great singer in your own right. You could front your own band if you wanted to.
Michael: Well, [Laughs] yeah, you know, but I don’t need that kind of pressure on me, you know. [Laughs] Lead singers, they’re their own breed. [Laughs]” 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.”
Host: If you could sing lead on any of the old Van Halen tunes, which one would you pick?
Michael: Ahh…. oh my God… I sang “Somebody Get Me A Doctor.” [On the 1998 & 2004 tours] 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. [Laughs] C’mon! I can sing it all. [Laughs]
You can listen to the interview in the YouTube clip below.
Watch Michael sing lead on “Somebody Get Me A Doctor” in 1998: