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Sammy thought it was pretty shitty for Van Halen to get rid of a founding member that way, but Van Halen's loss is Hagar's gain, as Michael is now in Sammy's band, Chickenfoot, and Sammy called Michael his favorite musician.
Michael and Sammy were the only guys who showed up to accept Van Halen's induction into the rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eddie was supposedly in rehab, and his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, was "probably holding him back from coming" to the event.
Add to that the fact that Michael Anthony was just kicked out of the band and Eddie was planning a reunion tour with David Lee Roth - so essentially no current member of Van Halen was there at the Hall of Fame.
Instead of Van Halen closing out the show like they were supposed to, Michael and Sammy joined Patti Smith onstage to sing one of her songs. Not the best celebration for one of the biggest bands of all time.
In a weird move that fascinated Howard, Van Halen not only fired Michael Anthony, but tried to erase him from history, photo shopping him out of their album artwork on the website. Nobody could believe that stunt. Michael said that was the one thing that shocked him the most.
But these two are still together, and they still play Van Halen songs, though they're quick to point out that they are no Van Halen cover band.