I was really devoted to the sound of Van Halen in high school. And then I developed an appreciation for Michael Anthony in the band. His backup vocals were crucial to the band's sound but also his bass playing. He held down the songs with Alex while Eddie and Dave did their bits. Now, I'm not commenting on his live bass solos I'm referring to his ability to not only keep up with Ed and sing at the same time but make the songs cooler sounding. For example, in the early days of their live shows around 1981-1982 Mike's playing was quite melodic throughout the songs. Mike had a formulated role for his bass lines on the albums because it was meat and potatoes bass playing. Yet, that must have required quite a bit of discipline on his part. Well, there is so much to say about that band. I admire their music as a whole. It would have been extremely fun to be the bass player under Eddie Van Halen.