Michael Anthony On The Possibility Of A Van Halen Tribute Show: “It All Really Hinges Upon Alex Van Halen”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Michael Anthony discussed the possibility of a Van Halen tribute show. According to him, the idea “all really hinges upon Alex [Van Halen].”

Anthony said the following:

“I haven’t spoken to him in a little while, but I have spoken with Alex on occasion. And for the most part, we don’t even speak that much about music — more about just family, how we’re doing and stuff like that. I know it still pains him a lot as far as Eddie [Van Halen; late VAN HALEN guitarist and Alex’s brother] goes and will probably for the rest of his life. But I spoke with him and Dave last year about a possible something, but Dave just starts going [talking really fast] And I’m, like, ‘Okay.’ And we basically just had kind of a conference call about having a conference call to discuss it, and then that other call didn’t happen for whatever reason on their end. I told them that I’d obviously be interested. And it would be more like a celebration of the music rather than putting together something and calling it VAN HALEN because that just wouldn’t be right at this point.”

He continued when asked about ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted making headlines for saying he was approached about taking part in a Van Halen tribute tour with Alex Van Halen and Joe Satriani:

“That’s the first that I’d even heard about anything like that. And it was kind of interesting because he said he spoke to [Dave and Alex] about a year ago, and that’s about the time I was speaking with them. So I don’t know. I’m gonna have to call Jason and ask him. [Laughs]”

He also added the following when asked about David Lee Roth saying that two musicians would be required “for every position”:

“I was kind of thinking along those lines also, but then one thing made me kind of change my mind and make me think, ‘Well, Dave’s just kind of being Dave,’ and maybe he’s just saying that it would take at least two people to be able to duplicate what one person in this band did, and the reason I thought of that was all of a sudden he brought up the name Pink. He was saying that Pink would have to be one of the David Lee Roth characters, or singers, and I’m, like, ‘Huh.’ That just sounded a little too ‘Dave’ to me.

But I don’t know. At this point, I’ve gotta tell you, I don’t know if anything will ever happen. ‘Cause Alex is — he’s really hurting. Him and Edward were so close on all levels — musical levels and personally and whatever. It just seems to me like it might be really hard for Alex to even enter into something to bring back all those memories. I don’t know. I could be wrong. I’m the guy that always says, ‘Never say never.'”

Anthony went on to say a single show would be more likely than a tour:

“What was being talked about was not actually doing a tour. You take something like this on tour and people are gonna think it’s a cashgrab. I’d rather have something, like a memorial-type thing, done at a venue. And there were actually a couple of venues discussed. But do it that way instead of taking it on the road. And make it just a real celebration of the music…

I actually would not be up for doing a tour right off the bat. I think holding a celebration of Eddie and the music and the whole VAN HALEN legacy is great. And let’s face it — none of us need the money. I don’t need the money. I’d rather take the money and throw it in a charity.”

“I think it all really hinges upon Alex. And he’s gotta be the person, really, that wants to do this and give his blessing to the whole thing for it to move forward. And like I said, when we speak, we really don’t even speak about doing anything like that at this point. He’s still healing. And if it gets to that point, I’m sure Alex will be the first one that’ll wanna do something like that.”

Anthony also confirmed that there has been no bad blood between him and Alex and Dave:

“Not at all. I only spoke to Dave that one conversation we had last year and I couldn’t hardly get a word in edgewise, which is… that’s typical Dave. But I have spoken to Alex on occasion, and it’s great. We’ll speak for, like, 45 minutes, an hour. And probably about the first 20 minutes is Alex, sometimes he’ll vent to me a bit about all the circumstances around how everything happened with Eddie. But we basically just talk about family and we actually bring up some of the old times on the road, to lighten things up a bit.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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