I'm listening to Michael Anthony live right now...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by terribilino, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. terribilino


    Nov 22, 2008
    ... from my parents' balcony here in Halifax, N.S. Chickenfoot is kicking off their North American tour here, of all places. Couldn't beliveve it. Listening to it I feel transported back to high school in the 80s.

    Satriani is off the hook, of course.

    Sammy is quite the showman, I'm pleasantly surprised.

    Anthony's mix is mud from where I am sitting - it's got to go through some trees and over the CBC building to get to me. Seems to be holding down his end, though. Is he a respected bassist? I never paid that much attention to him.

    Chad Smith - fine, he just has to keep time for Satriani's solos, I guess.

    Anyway, fun sounding band. Why the hell not?
  2. Mike has a lot of fans, yes. Glad you're able to hear them. :D
  3. terribilino


    Nov 22, 2008
    Wicked encore number, holy crap!

    Small crowd. Don't think they'll be back anytime soon.

    Good fun. Night all.
  4. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    I've heard some of the Chickenfoot stuff on the Radio (Planet Rock) and MA definitely seems to be stepping out more than with VH. The last track I heard had MA playing some unison stuff with JS, nice. He is a somewhat under rated bassist as with VH he did just what the bass is required to do in a rock setting (no doubt directed by EVH) hopefully with Chickenfoot he will be able to stretch a little more. Great backing singer too.
  5. hesham8


    Mar 21, 2008
    I get to see them live in five days in Detroit. Can't wait.
  6. TripleDouble

    TripleDouble Guest

    Aug 5, 2008
    Thanks for the live blog, and as a native Haligonian you made me homesick as all heck. Wish I was listening to satch and then ambling down springgarden towards pizza corner.
  7. matrok


    Jan 10, 2005
    Ferndale, Michigan
    I wish I was going to the show
  8. Allmanfan456


    Jan 23, 2009
    Mike Anthony no doubt a phenomenal player, Ive always looked up to him. I watched him constantly on a Van Halen tape I have when I was growing up I was always blown away by his presence, singing and playing.
  9. PatrickEdmonds


    Jan 3, 2006
    Woo Halifax!
  10. Lulz


    Jun 5, 2009
    Mike's a great bass player, and he should be the benchmark for most rock players.
  11. I never thought of Mike as a super star bass player before, but I thought he was a solid player and singer. But, if he can double what Steve Vai does note for note, then it shows he either held back on us or was told to. I wish him continued success with Chickenfoot. Way to go!

  12. Hamrhed


    Dec 26, 2007
    I agree- but I think you mean Joe Satriani :) Besides- Eddie is no slouch, either... I would put him right there w/ Joe. I think anyone who really knows Van Halen's complete body of work gives Mad Anthony credit for being an excellent player. No one can boogie better than Mike!
  13. Humbucked


    Mar 17, 2009
    I have always liked Mike, been a fan from VH's first record... he isn't a Billy Sheehan type guy, but he never pretended to be, he was playing a more 'classic' role on bass, in line with his influences (Jack Bruce, etc)... and that was fine, Eddie supplied the fretboard pyrotechnics and Mike did his boogie thing.

    That said, VH have talked about how during their audition of Mike to join, they threw every weird time signature and change they could think of at him, but he handled it.

    You can hear his ability to groove, despite the maelstrom going on around him, on tracks like 'Outta Love', 'Light Up The Sky' (Van Halen II), 'Loss Of Control' (Women And Children First)... there's some really cool playing on Fair Warning ('Dirty Movies', 'Sinner's Swing'), but I think that may be Eddie playing bass (?)
  14. PeaceSells775

    PeaceSells775 Guest

    Sep 17, 2007
    I like him. I'm more familiar with his work in Van Halen, I haven't heard much of Chickenfoot but I really like Satch and Chad is cool too. I've always really loved Van Halen and Michael Anthony's background vocals topped it all of for me.
  15. They're playing here in Toronto tonight... unfortunately, I will not be attending!:bawl:
  16. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    Just saw them this past Sunday night. AMAZING concert...They ALL sounded good!
  17. I wish I could of saw Mikey with VH because Wolfgang sucked.
  18. Kevinmach


    Dec 7, 2008
    For some reason, even with their early work with producer Ted Templeman, he was always deep in the mix and hard to hear.

    I think as far as VH was concerned, he was a great fit. Agree 100% on the vocals, and I don't think VH needed yet another giant ego in the band along with DLR, EVH, and to a lesser extent, Alex. He seems to be the only guy who was never kicked out of the band or that someone wasn't ticked off at. Nor do I think an all over the place bassist would have worked with their very commercial sound. I give Mike props in that context.

    As far as being a respect bassist, reviews are pretty mixed. We were just discussing this in another thread not two days ago. I saw him do two solos live, and they were really a joke. I am pretty confident half the players in TB could have done a more meaningful solo. I've never been impressed with him from a technical perspective, but clearly his philosophy on bass as a supporting role helped shaped the VH sound, and how can you criticize his choices with all the success he's enjoyed?