Michael Anthony of Van Halen
Michael Anthony was born on June 20, 1954 at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL. The second of five children, (Nancy, Michael, Steve, Robert and Dennis), Mike was raised in Chicago, and later moved to California where he attended Arcadia High School in Arcadia, graduating in 1972.
After high school, Michael attended Pasadena City College where he was pursuing a degree in music and would often pass Alex on campus whlie going to and from his jazz improv class.
During this time, Mark Stone was kicked out of Mammoth and Michael was suggested to Edward and Alex as a replacement by a mutual friend. They jammed in a small garage in Pasadena and even though he had seen them perform many times before, the mighty bassist was still blown away. After the jam session, Alex asked Mike if he'd like to join the band, to which he replied, "Uh, yeah!"
Michael planned on attending college in Santa Barbara, CA after his stint at Pasadena City College, but dropped out a few credits shy of his degree at PCC to devote all of his time to Van Halen, who had changed their name from Mammoth a short time earlier, due to the fact that another band was already using the Mammoth moniker. Van Halen assaulted the Southern California club scene over the course of the next few years and established themselves as one of the premiere rock and roll bands in the area. By 1978 they'd released their first album on the Warner Bros. label and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael Anthony