Former Van Halen icon and known as the best friend of Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony was recently interviewed by Gear Gods and revealed a really rare and untold story about Eddie Van Halen.
Michael Anthony stated that Eddie Van Halen’s sound was a complete nightmare for the sound mixers in the ’60s and ’70s.
Check out his statements right below, his comments transcribed by Alternative Nation:
“I guess that kind of stems from me being old school. Growing up with the bands of the 60’s, and obviously we came out in the 70’s.
We were kind of an upfront sound mixer’s nightmare, because there were times where we were so loud where we had out front guys just pull all the faders down and throw their arms up and go, ‘I don’t even need you guys at the PA because you’re so freaking loud.’
Michael Anthony continued to the story and revealed how he has been wetting a little cotton to protect his ears.
Here is what he said:
“But as years go on you kind of figure out how to work around that. But yeah, I’ve got to have sound onstage. I’ve used in ears before, but they’re very kind of unnatural. When I sing, especially if I’m singing a high part or I’m screaming, it somehow breaks the seal.
I feel kind of disjointed, so I’ve been wetting a little cotton and putting it in my ears, just to take some of the top end of sizzle off cymbals or whatever. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life, and it works great. Just to feel the sound coming from behind you, that’s what it’s all about.”
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