I know, which is the most ridiculous, egotistical move ever. Van Halen does nothing for years and years and years on end and Mike is supposed to just sit on his ass and wait for something to happen? Please. Playing with Sammy’s little band is the most harmless side project imagineable. There was no threat there.
It’s not like Mike when off and joined Metallica or something. It was a fun, time-filling thing on the side during a period when NOTHING was going on on the VH front.
For a while back in the mid- to late nineties he was seeing a therapist who he said helped him tremendously, whereas AA and rehab clinics had never worked for him. He was completely sober for a few years in there, including during their '98 tour, and his playing was off the fucking hook.
He also wrote some pretty rock-ass tunes during his sober period (Humans Being, Me Wise Magic). When he’s sober the guy’s fantastic. When he’s not . . . his playing (and writing) can be hit-or-miss.
As for animosity, trust me – both Sam and Dave have done exactly the same thing in their own seperate interviews, constantly. Bringing up Ed out of the blue and taking shots at him, whether it be for his drinking, band-related issues, whatever. They all do it equally. (Sammy maybe even the most, though he seems to be the most level-headed of those three).
I’m still just very surprised that Dave (knowing what a marketing-savy guy he is) would agree to a reunion with Ed’s freaking 15-year-old son on bass, as opposed to keeping the original lineup intact. It’s not even so much about the quality of the bass-playing or the backing vocals, but just about the fact that people have waited over 2 decades now to see the ORIGINAL fucking lineup. Keep it together for fuck’s sake!
Thanks for your take. All I rememeber are about 3 or 4 different interviews throughout the 90s saying “I’m qutting for good” or “I drank my bottle and I’m done”. Then I saw him on the reunion tour in 2005 and he was obviously f’d up again.
I’m surprised about the tour decision too, unless someone’s mad about Mike playing with Sammy on his tour last year.
Eddie kicked Mike out of VH because of him teaming up with Sammy, in an interview Eddie stated, “You cant be in two bands”