Ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has shot down rumors that he will rejoin the band for a reunion tour next summer. As word spread on Wednesday (December 26th) that the original Van Halen lineup, including Anthony, would hit the road next year for the first time since 1984, Premiere Radio Networks got in touch with Anthony for comment.
The bassist said, “The only comment I have is that I haven’t spoken to any of the guys since we last played together back in 2004,” adding that while he did speak to drummer Alex Van Halenon the phone “a few years back,” the conversation was just small talk.
The rumors stem from a recent interview that Van Halen singer David Lee Roth did, as well as a report from radio personality Eddie Trunk. Roth hinted to Vulture that the band would “come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin’, maybe with somebody famous…. next time my rock band will be playing the same place that the Yankees play.”
Meanwhile, Trunk said he heard that the band would tour in 2019 with Anthony back in the fold. He explained, “The rumors from reliable sources — but still rumors that are unconfirmed — is that the band will tour in 2019 with the original band, which would mean the return of Michael, and that it’s gonna be some sort of stadium package.”
Anthony was not invited to join the reunion with Roth that began in 2007. The subsequent two tours and studio album, A Different Kind Of Truth, featured Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang on bass. Anthony took a pay cut and signed away his rights to the band name and logo to participate in the 2004 tour, which f