According to Sammy Hagar, Van Halen’s management actually contacted Michael Anthony about a reunion six months ago. Despite this, the singer says the bassist hasn’t heard anything else since.
Hagar told Eddie Trunk the following:
“He got a call six months ago from [Van Halen’s] management saying, ‘Are you interested?’ And he said, ‘Yeah. I’m doing a record with Sammy right now. We’re booking shows, so you’d have to work around it.’ And they said, ‘Okay. We’ll get back to you.’ And that was it. I can tell you that much.”
Hagar and Anthony are currently performing together in The Circle, but Hagar says the bassist has his blessing to go back to Van Halen if it happens:
“I told Mike, ‘If this happens, you freakin’ have my blessings. You go do this. You’re a founding member in that band.’ And for the fans, he needs to do it. He is the missing element right now. If you want my opinion, without Mike, it just doesn’t seem quite the same. Mikey, he’s the flag bearer — he walks out there with the flag, the VH flag. He holds it high, like the guy in the cavalry. And he’s a special guy and he has my blessings.”
Hagar seemingly addressed the rumor of Anthony splitting duties with Wolfgang Van Halen as well:
“The things I’ve been reading, it aint gonna happen. They think Mikey’s gonna come out and do his bass solo with the Jack Daniel’s bass and say goodbye and stand on the side of the stage and watch Wolfie play his songs all night. I mean, I don’t think the fans are gonna go for that either. That’d be real hard on little Wolf — he don’t deserve that. So I don’t know what to think. Maybe it’s just a rumor. Who knows? Those guys, they don’t tell me nothing, ’cause I don’t wanna know. But you’d think they’d at least tell Mike. [Laughs]