More Van Halen Rumors 2/1/19

Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has once again left the door open to a possible reunion with Van Halen, which is certain to only fuel the recent rumors that the band’s original lineup will reunite for a stadium tour next summer.

Asked about the Van Halen rumors during an interview with Vegas Rocks! magazine last week, Anthony answered, “I’m always a ‘never say never’ guy. But at this point, I’m very happy with what I’m doing. I’m having a great time. And if something happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t, at this point.”

A recent rumor, backed up by vague remarks from lead singer David Lee Roth, suggested that the original Van Halen lineup — including Anthony — will reunite this year. This would be the first time that the four founding members of the band, including Roth, Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen, perform together since 1984.

In a separate interview, however, Anthony said that he “personally” hasn’t been contacted by anyone in Van Halen about returning to the group. In recent years, Anthony has participated in a series of collaborations with one-time Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar, including The Circle and Chickenfoot.

Story source: Blabbermouth

FAST FACTS:

  • Anthony joined Van Halen in 1974 and appeared on the band’s albums and tours through 2004, when he was removed from the lineup by Eddie Van Halen because he remained friendly with Sammy Hagar after the singer’s second stint in the band.
  • The bassist joined the group’s ill-fated 2004 reunion trek with Hagar only after taking a pay cut and signing away his rights to any future use of the Van Halen name.
  • When Van Halen reunited with original vocalist David Lee Roth in 2007, Anthony was replaced on bass by Eddie’s then-16-year-old son Wolfgang.