He never played like this in Van Halen. Eddie [Van Halen] doesn’t even realize what a great bass player he had. I think he never realized it, and that is his complete loss. I remember recording in Van Halen, Eddie was always saying, “Just play eighth notes.” And he would play all this stuff, and Mike’s just going, “boom, boom, boom, boom.” Boy, Mike’s really capable of playing more than that, and he never found out.
Well, I owe Mike Anthony an apology.
If you ever read this Mike, I’m sorry I nicknamed you the “One Thump Wonder”.