Michael Anthony (musician)
Michael Anthony Sobolewski is an American musician. He is currently the bassist and backing vocalist for the rock supergroups Chickenfoot and the Circle. Anthony was previously the basser and backing vocals for Van Halen from 1974 to 2006.
About Michael Anthony (musician) in brief
Michael Anthony Sobolewski is an American musician. He is currently the bassist and backing vocalist for the rock supergroups Chickenfoot and the Circle. Anthony was previously the basser and backing vocals for Van Halen from 1974 to 2006. In addition to his musical career, Anthony markets a line of hot sauces and related products named Mad Anthony. Anthony got his interest in music from his father, who played trumpet. His first band was called Poverty’s Children. Other bands he played in included Black Opal, Balls, and Snake. Snake, a three-piece group featuring Anthony on lead vocals and bass guitar, was the last band in which Anthony played before joining VanHalen. Anthony mostly modelled his bass playing after Jack Bruce of Cream, but also admired Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Harvey Brooks of Electric Flag. Although Anthony is naturally left-handed, he plays right-handed. Anthony had planned to attend college in Santa Barbara after he graduated from Pasadena City College, majoring in music, but instead he dropped out of PCC just before he earned enough credits for a degree so that he could devote all his time to Van Halens.
Anthony’s involvement with the band in 1998 was dramatically less than his previous bass involvement. Anthony played on three albums on Van HalEN III, although claims to the contrary continued until his actual departure following the reunion with Hagar in 2004. He also produced a demo for his brother Bobby Leigh’s Asylum Suite which was formed in 1984 and featured singer Thomas Fiore as early as 1996, as well as two greatest hits compilations. The band released a total of ten studio albums from 1978 – 1995, a live album in 1993, a greatest hits album in 1995, and a live compilation album in 1996. The albums were amended to a 1985 deal when a deal was amended to release a 1985 album in 1985. Anthony is a member of the board of directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which he helped set up in 1998. He has a son, Michael, who is also a professional musician and has been in several bands, including ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Foghat. The family moved to California twice in Anthony’s early years, settling in 1966 in Arcadia, California.