The Michael Anthony bass solo

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by powderfinger, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. powderfinger


    Feb 24, 2009
    I know the guy isn't Victor Wooten or anything, but why does Michael Anthony's bass solos getting ripped on so bad? I think it's mildly amusing at worst...

    I actually think this particular bass solo is pretty darn cool. Just my opinion.

    Michael Anthony Bass Solo - YouTube

    But here are a sampling of some of the comments (and these are the type comments you will find on ALL of Mike's bass solo videos).

    -Jesus, this is some weak-#ss s#it. Eddie must have been climb
    ing the walls backstage waiting for this amateurish noodling to end.

    -Oh god,i just remembered how terrible he was.

    -This was the part of the show where you ran to the john...loved Mikey, but his bass solo was just painful to watch and hear.
  2. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
  3. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I first saw Van Halen during the Monster of Rock Tour in the late 80's. In the middle of the show, Mike came out with a different bass, and went into his solo-shtick, which was pretty bad. The solo was all overdrive & delay-based noodling, which ended with Mike breaking what was probably a balsa-wood bass over his head. Silly.

    To his credit, I did see Van Halen again in the early 90's, and Mike's soloing had improved immensely.

    I like Mike, but soloing was not his thing.
  4. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    :cool:Having seen them live (Philia,1995), it was great to watch and hear MA..again. That youTube was 1982, when they were really On Top of the World......The whole group was so loud, my ears were ringing for three days......Coming up with VanHalen, how can you knock him ? soloing against both eddie and his brother....come on !! Back then bass solo's weren't as common place as they are today and esp. with HeavyRock you had to be great to pull off a bass solo.
  5. jnumme

    jnumme Low End To No End

    Sep 19, 2010
    West Michigan
    I thought it was cool :rolleyes:
  6. You know, it's funny....I don't get all the vitriol towards Anthony. Never have.

    I don't give a hoot in hell about his "soloing" ability (or rather, the lack of). What I care about is that he is an anchor for whatever band he is in and he always has been.

    When I first heard Van Halen back in '77 I was impressed by his vocals and his pocket playing. Van Halen is NOT Van Halen without his vocals. Period. End of story.

    I absolutely LOVE Chickenfoot. Not because they are the re-incarnate of Van Halen (HELL NO), but because they are rockers. Much like Cliff Williams, Anthony provides what is needed and doesn't clutter anything up.

    If I want to hear soloing (which I seldom ever do) I listen to the usual artists and enjoy what they do. However, we all know that Anthony is a bass player who sings.

    Good enough for me! :D
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    I would want my bass solos to be better than that.

    And I don't do it for a living.
  8. powderfinger


    Feb 24, 2009
    I thought Michael Anthony incorporating the Bonanza Theme song in his solo was cool as hell.

    Mike seems like such a cool, laid back guy with no pretentions and without some weird "rock star complex" (unlike DLR and Eddie). Sammy seems like a pretty cool dude too. And I too love Chickenfoot, moreso than the new VH album.

    Mike plays well IMO. Sure, solos might not be his forte', but his solos are better than what a lot of guys could do if they had to solo (many bassists never solo). But his strong points are solid playing (nothing pretentious, no over playing), great harmonies, and just a fun stage presence.
  9. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    His solos are meant to be more entertaining than astounding musical experiences. That being said, I'd be pretty bored sitting/standing through that during a concert.
  10. CrashCarlisle

    CrashCarlisle Guest

    Sep 13, 2011
    I'm very bad at my introductory bass solo, but that video made me feel a bit better about myself.

    (If I wanted to play solos or be out front, I wouldn't be playing bass. I get my rocks off watching chicks dance to my beat....even when that sad moment comes that I have to reach for my glasses to get a good look at the hot ones.)
  11. His solo's were never for bassophiles.

    They were meant to be for the masses. There are interviews out there where he talks about this...
  12. MtJam


    Jan 14, 2009
    Mike's solo can only be outdone by this:

    Gene Simmons Bass Solo - YouTube

    And just for the record, I am a big fan of both Michael Anthony and Gene Simmons! I take them for what they are: fun-loving rockers! I do have to say that I prefer Gene's bass/noise solo of the makeup era to this, although he seems to play more notes in this one. Enjoy!
  13. powderfinger


    Feb 24, 2009
    I've been playing almost 20 years, gigging/recording.... I consider myself a pretty solid bassist, but I've never even attempted a solo. My interests are writing/composing, and playing what's right for the song. I've never had the desire to become a virtusoso or musical genuis at bass.
  14. CrashCarlisle

    CrashCarlisle Guest

    Sep 13, 2011
    All I need is about ten seconds of 'overplaying' for when I'm introduced. I've never been able to figure that out!
  15. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    I saw VH in 1986. I thought MA did a good solo. I really don't think he deserves to be ripped apart the way he is.
  16. bassguppy


    Jan 8, 2003
    bass solo....

    time to head to the bar & get a refill.