MICHAEL ANTHONY On Why ALEX VAN HALEN Quit Music: “He Continues To Grieve Today Over EDDIE’s Passing”

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In a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony offered insights into why Alex Van Halen might have decided to retire from music, following Eddie Van Halen‘s tragic death in 2020.

Michael Anthony noted that while he’s not entirely certain about Alex‘s reasons, he suspects Eddie’s passing played a significant role. “I haven’t spoken to Alex in a while, probably about a year. And I actually texted him on his birthday this month [May 2024], and I didn’t hear anything back from him.”

Anthony was taken aback by the news of Alex‘s upcoming auction, where he’s reportedly selling all his musical equipment. “I was pretty surprised when I heard about this auction that he’s going to be holding in the beginning of June. Somebody had sent me the link to it, and it appears like he’s selling everything right down to his last drumstick. So, I don’t know. I really couldn’t tell you.”

Reflecting on Alex‘s deep connection with his brother, Anthony mentioned, “I know that he continues to grieve today over Eddie‘s passing. And basically, Eddie was the only person that he actually ever played music with.” He added, “I never really knew Alex to be a person to go out and jam with other people or other bands. Unless Eddie was a part of it. Maybe he feels that… Since his brother’s gone, he doesn’t feel the desire to go out and play anymore. But I can only speculate. When I found out about this auction and started checking it out, it is pretty sad, because it truly means that it’s the end of anything that that could have been as far as tribute-wise, you know?”

In addition to the auction, Alex Van Halen has another surprise for fans—a book titled “Brothers,” set to release later this year. Michael Anthony expressed his anticipation for the memoir, “Yeah, I actually am. I heard that the title is ‘Brothers.’ And knowing Alex, he’ll probably speak about the band and everything. But I think that he might be focusing more on just his and Eddie’s relationship growing up and moving here with their family to the States. And just the relationship that he had with his brother.”


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