Condolences are in order for former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony on the death of his infant grandson Rex. The boy was born two weeks ago with a fatal heart problem.
Anthony, who has two daughters, writes on Facebook: “We are tremendously proud of Rex. In the short time on Earth, he left a lasting impression that our family will cherish.
“I am doing the ‘Walk L.A.’ in June for Children’s Hospital L.A. with our families to give back a little to the hospital that did so much for my grandson and other children that come here. Our team is called ‘Rex and the Heart Beaters.’
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any donation to support my walk for Children’s Hospital L.A.!”
Anthony revealed in a 2016 interview that he reconnected with VAN HALEN drummer Alex Van Halen less than a year ago after more than a decade of not speaking to each other.
Anthony, singer Sammy Hagar, Alex and Eddie Van Halen last teamed up in 2004 for a VAN HALEN U.S. summer tour. In exchange for taking part in the tour, Anthony reportedly had to agree to take a pay cut and sign away his rights to the band name and logo.
In 2007, the Van Halen brothers, Wolfgang Van Halen and singer David Lee Roth announced they would be hitting the road for a reunion tour. Anthony later told Music Radar that he “found out about that tour like everybody else did — in the press.”
Anthony has played primarily with Hagar in the thirteen years since he last performed with VAN HALEN, in groups like CHICKENFOOT and THE CIRCLE.
I recently lost my grandson Rex after turning just two weeks and one day old. We are tremendously proud of Rex. In the…
Posted by Mad Anthony's Cafe on Saturday, April 15, 2017