Michael Anthony Sings Lead Vocals On Van Halen’s Classic Track
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Michael Anthony sang his rendition of Van Halen‘s classic “Somebody Get Me a Doctor” during a benefit show for Save the Heartbeat in Costa Mesa, California, alongside special guests including Sammy Hagar.
The song was originally sung by David Lee Roth on the 1979 studio recording and was released as part of the Van Halen II album. However, the former Van Halen bassist had already taken over lead vocals on “Somebody Get Me a Doctor” in live performances with the band as far back as the ’90s.
According to Blabbermouth, other guests who joined Anthony onstage at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa on March 25 included Phil X (Bon Jovi), John 5 (Motley Crue), and Bumblefoot, among other musicians.
Besides playing the Van Halen track, Anthony and Hagar also teamed up on performances of “I Can’t Drive 55” and the Montrose number “Rock Candy,” and played a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.”
In 2006, Anthony was replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen in Van Halen and performed alongside his father, Eddie, until the passing of the lead guitarist in 2020. Later on, Van Halen disbanded. While, Hagar, who took Roth’s role as lead singer in Van Halen, now plays with Anthony in Sammy Hagar & The Circle.
Save the Heartbeat is a nonprofit that aims to improve the lives of those affected by congenital heart disease (CHD) by helping to raise funds for CHD research and advocates early detection while engaging in outreach.
Watch their performance in the video below.