Published on April 19th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Michael Anthony On The Growth Of Mad Anthony’s Cafe, Hot Sauces, Van Halen, Future Plans With Sammy Hagar & More

As one-fourth of Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Van Halen, Michael Anthony is in rare company when it comes to influential and successful rock bassists. Yet Van Halen is only one facet of Anthony’s career, as he has also found success as a member of Chickenfoot and Sammy Hagar & The Circle. As if that were not enough, Anthony has also earned accolades via his Mad Anthony line of hot sauces.

2022 is yet another busy year for Michael Anthony as he — with Sammy Hagar & The Circle — has been part of an on-going residency in Las Vegas, beyond having upcoming Summer 2022 tour dates alongside George Thorogood & The Destroyers. Meanwhile, The Circle has a new studio album slated for release this year, and the aforementioned Mad Anthony recently relaunched one of its popular products. All the while, rumors are swirling of future Van Halen-related activity and whether or not that involves Anthony; Van Halen recently announced the re-release of the band’s first 6 albums.

On April 14, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Anthony via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond the past, present and future of Mad Anthony’s Cafe, we spoke about Van Halen’s early days, his future plans with and without Sammy Hagar, and whether or not he will ever write a book. More on all things Michael and Mad Anthony can be found online by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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