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Former VAN HALEN Bassist Michael Anthony feels surprised by drummer Alex Van Halen’s upcoming auction of all his musical gear

In a recent interview with Greg Prato of Ultimate Guitar, former VAN HALEN bass legend Michael Anthony discussed his current relationship with drummer Alex Van Halen. The conversation inevitably turned to the elephant in the room: Alex‘s apparent disinterest in touring or performing. Let’s just say Anthony‘s response offered some insights, but maybe not all the answers.

“I haven’t spoken to Alex in a while, probably about a year.” he said. “And I actually texted him on his birthday this month [May 2024], and I didn’t hear anything back from him. But yeah, I was pretty surprised when I heard about this auction [via Backstage Auctions] 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. I know that he continues to grieve today over Eddie‘s [Van HalenVAN HALEN guitarist] passing. And basically, Eddie was the only person that he actually ever played music with.”

Michael continued: “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?”

Michael was also asked if he was planning to read Alex‘s upcoming book, to which he replied: “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.”

Brothers” will be released on October 22nd, 2024, via HarperCollins Publishers. This 384-page biography, co-written with acclaimed New Yorker writer Ariel Levy, serves as a love letter to Alex‘s late brother, Eddie Van Halen, the band’s virtuosic guitarist.

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Brothers” is a poignant exploration of their lifelong bond, penned while Alex grapples with the loss of his younger brother. The book delves into their shared childhood experiences, their musical journey from their early band MAMMOTH to the global phenomenon of VAN HALEN, and the unwavering support they offered each other throughout their careers.

The memoir promises a treasure trove of unseen personal photos from Alex‘s archive, offering a glimpse into the private life of one of rock’s most influential drummers. For those seeking the story on the go, “Brothers” will also be available as a 720-minute audiobook and an eBook.

Formed in Pasadena, California in 1972, VAN HALEN quickly rose to superstardom with iconic hits like “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Jump,” and “Panama.” Fronted by the flamboyant David Lee Roth and later, Sammy Hagar, the band revolutionized rock music with their innovative sound and electrifying live shows. Their impact is undeniable, securing their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Alex, known for his powerful and innovative drumming style, was a driving force behind VAN HALEN‘s success. His technical skills and signature double-bass pedal work on tracks like “Hot For Teacher” cemented his reputation as a drumming legend.

The forthcoming book also touches on the tragic passing of Eddie Van Halen in October 2020. While Sammy Hagar has spoken about attempting to reach out to Alex after Eddie‘s death, details surrounding their current relationship remain private.

Brothers” promises to be a powerful and emotional journey, offering fans a deeper understanding of the complex and enduring bond between Alex and Eddie Van Halen. Mark your calendars and prepare to be immersed in the world of VAN HALEN through the eyes of the drummer who held the beat for one of rock’s greatest bands.

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