Former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has posted the following message on his official blog:

"Last Friday [Feb. 23] one of my dreams came true as I got to jam with three fantastic guitar players, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Vaughn! It was for an event here in L.A. at the Peterson Automotive Museum, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the '32 Ford. I'll have pictures and a writeup all about the event on my site hopefully this week. In the meantime you can also see a couple of shots on Jeff's web site: www.jeffbeck.com.

"On Sunday [Feb. 25] I surprised Sammy [Hagar] at the NASCAR race, where he played a few songs before the race. I jumped up to sing a little on 'I Can't Drive 55', which was televised before the start of the race. Next I'm looking forward to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on Mar. 12, then I will fly down to Puerto Vallerto to meet the cruise ship to jam with Sam's band (THE WABOS). We are working on a few older VH songs, and I'll be handling all the lead vocals..WATCH OUT, HAGAR!! I'm looking forward to bashing it up a bit with all of you on the cruise!"

Anthony isn't letting his dismissal from VAN HALEN get in the way of his feelings about being elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On his web site, the bassist previously wrote, "I was very excited and honored to learn that VAN HALEN would be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this March. I want to thank Eddie, Alex, Sammy, and Dave. It has been an amazing experience and I am very proud of what we have accomplished. I'm not sure yet how the induction ceremony will work, but I'll keep everyone posted as I find out the details. A Big MA Toast to all our fans for their tremendous support over the years! Love you all and bottoms up!!"

Last year, Eddie Van Halen announced that his 15-year-old son Wolfgang had replaced Anthony in the band. No announcement has been made about the reason for the lineup change.

The band will be inducted March 12 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.


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