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Watch Michael Anthony sing two David Lee Roth-era Van Halen classics with Sammy Hagar & the Circle

The former VH bassist takes on 'Runnin’ With the Devil' and 'Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love'

Sammy Hagar is currently in the midst of his Sammy Hagar & Friends residency at the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & SkyPod in Las Vegas, and at the February 12 show he performed several David Lee Roth-era Van Halen songs with his band the Circle – with his Circle band mate and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony handling lead vocals.

With Anthony at the helm, the band took on VH classics “Runnin’ With the Devil” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.” And while Anthony took a loose and lighthearted approach to the role (we also dig him playing the “Devil” opening bass thumps with his teeth), the trademark high-tenor backup singing that he provided on the originals is also in evidence.

Several years ago, Roth himself testified as to the significance of Anthony as a singer, telling Rolling Stone, “What we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever — that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys. Van Halen is an indelicate house blend of both — that's intentionally.

This isn’t the first time Anthony has taken on the task of singing Van Halen. On the band’s tour in support of 1998’s Van Halen III, he would give then-front man Gary Cherone a break to handle “Somebody Get Me a Doctor,” which you can check out here.