Things in Van Halen camp have been quite silent with fans anticipating reunion tour.
In a new interview with Gear Gods, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony revealed an untold story on Eddie Van Halen’s sound.
Michael admitted the sound was a total nightmare for the sound mixers.
“I guess that kind of stems from me being old school. Growing up with the bands of the ’60s, and obviously we came out in the ’70s.
“It was 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.’
He further continued:
“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 ends 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.”
Van Halen, a legendary band that’s credited with restoring hard rock music to the forefront of the scene have been inactive for a while now. The last Van Halen album titled A Different Kind Of Truth was released back in 2012 and was hugely successful. The band toured for few years and eventually stopped touring once the album cycle ended. In the last few years, there has been a discussion on the possibility of Van Halen reuniting with classic lineup. Although this rumor has been active since 2017, it hasn’t materialized to date. The last update we had was when Sammy Hagar, who fronted the band for more than a decade, hinted about the possibility of a world tour with classic Van Halen lineup.