Eddie Van Halen denies firing Michael

When Van Halen made the decision to reunite with David Lee Roth and take Eddie's son Wolfgang on tour over the original bassist Michael Anthony, it started up all the old rumblings again about the in-fighting in the group. But Eddie continues to claim that Michael quit the group of his own accord rather than being fired.

In a Rolling Stone interview, Eddie wound up discussing Chickenfoot - the new Rock 'Supergroup' featuring Michael and Sammy Hagar. He says he wishes them well, but also seemed a little pissed about always getting painted as the 'bad guy'. Van Halen said, "I wish them well. The funny thing is that everyone who quits always claims they got fired by me. Hey, I'm not the bad guy here. When Hagar left the band, Mike went with him. Then when we get back together with Dave, all of a sudden he wants back in. It's like, 'No, dude, you quit the band'. So my son because the bass player. But we didn't give Mike the boot to have my son play. He was around. We didn't have a bass player.

There's some good news too for Van Halen fans - Eddie also told Rolling Stone their reunion is here to stay. Apparently they have heaps of music and are holed up writing new material. 

The controversial frontman protests his innocence over Michael Anthony's departure from the band.

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