Michael Anthony Shoots Down Van Halen Reunion Rumors

Michael Anthony has shot down the recent rumors suggesting that he would be reuniting with Van Halen for a 2019 stadium tour. The bassist told Premiere Radio Networks the following: “The only comment I have is that I haven’t spoken to any of the guys since we last played together back in 2004.” He went on to say that he did speak to drummer Alex Van Halen on the phone “a few years back,” but they didn’t get into anything more than small talk.

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Rumor: Van Halen Reportedly Planning 2019 Stadium Tour With Michael Anthony

UPDATE: Michael Anthony has now shot down the rumors.

Original Story:

Here’s a big rumor for you all. Van Halen are reportedly planning a stadium tour with original bassist Michael Anthony. It is still unconfirmed, but radio personality Eddie Trunk says industry sources have claimed that the band will be hitting the road with their original lineup. This news comes after frontman David Lee Roth seemed to hint to Vulture that a Yankee Stadium show was being planned.

Trunk said the following [transcribed by Ultimate Guitar]:

“I hesitate to even talk about this because every year there’s some rumor about Van Halen about to do something or announce something, and ultimately it just doesn’t happen.

“But, a little more so than normal as we close out 2018, I’m starting to hear some rumblings. I have sources and people I hear from and stuff that – as I was saying the other day, has to remain off the record.

“So I cannot cite my source, but I did hear from somebody who is in the music industry, who told me that he has spoken to some people and he’s hearing from some people that there indeed will be some Van Halen activity in 2019 in terms of live shows.

“And the rumors are – and it’s again, I stress rumors, rumors, rumors. Did you hear me say rumors?

“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 there it’s gonna be some sort of stadium package

“So again I cannot stress enough that is not confirmed in any way shape or form but there are starting to be some real substantial rumors about that as we close out 2018.

“And somebody who will remain anonymous, who contacted me because he was listening to this show yesterday, said that he also has heard that – and he is actively in the industry.

“And that would tie into what David Lee Roth said when he’s running around selling his skin cream or whatever it is that he’s doing – that Van Halen would play Yankee Stadium [in New York City].

“I don’t think that Van Halen – even with the original band, I think Van Halen would need to have to do a full stadium tour of America.

“Even bringing Michael back, hypothetically, I still think they probably want a little more meat on the bone to sell it – meaning I don’t think they would do it just then.

“I’m thinking if it were to happen, it would be more of a – sort of like Def Leppard and Journey did some stadiums. Maybe not that much of a pure co-headline, but Van Halen with one or two real-name acts on as support.

“And that would also tie into one of the things that Roth said because he mentioned some other bands that they might be playing with.

“It’s something to hope for but I can tell you there are people that are actively in the music industry that listen to this show and I got an email from one yesterday saying, ‘Yeah I’m hearing it too. I’m hearing stadiums and I’m hearing, ‘original band’.”

Eddie Van Halen Suing Videographer Over Unreleased Van Halen Rehearsal Footage

According to TMZ, Eddie Van Halen has filed a lawsuit against videographer Andrew Bennett, to prevent the release of 2006 Van Halen rehearsal footage featuring him, his brother Alex Van Halen, and his son, Wolfgang Van Halen. Bennett was hired to film for a DVD/video project, but plans were scrapped when Eddie didn’t like the footage. Bennett tried to release it years later after claiming he was never paid, but Eddie says everything was settled in 2015, and that he owns the rights to the footage. Now, Bennett is trying to sell the footage again and even shared a trailer for it on his website. The site was “suspended for copyright infringement”, but Bennett just switched to another site with a similar name. Eddie is now trying to get a judge to remove the video, and to stop Bennett from releasing or selling it.

Van Halen Announce 2015 North American Tour

Van Halen have announced a 2015 North American tour. The band will also be joined by special guest, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, on all dates.

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Tour Dates:

07/05 – Seattle, Wash. @ White River Amphitheatre
07/07 – Portland, Ore. @ Amphitheater Northwest
07/09 – Concord, Calif. @ Concord Pavilion
07/11 – San Bernardino, Calif. @ San Manuel Amphitheater
07/14 – Irvine, Calif. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/16 – Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amphitheatre
07/20 – Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/22 – Bonner Springs, Mo. @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
07/24 – Chicago, Ill. @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/26 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/28 – Burgettstown, Pa. @ First Niagara Pavilion
07/30 – Bangor, Maine @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
08/01 – Mansfield, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
08/03 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio @ Blossom Music Center
08/05 – London, Ontario @ Western Fair District
08/07 – Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/09 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/11 – Hartford, Ct. @ Xfinity Center
08/13 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
08/23 – Hershey, Pa. @ Hershey Park
08/25 – Darien Center, N.Y. @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/27 – Camden, N.J. @ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/29 – Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live
08/31 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
09/02 – Noblesville, Ind @ Klipsch Music Center
09/04 – Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/06 – Bethel, N.Y. @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
09/09 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
09/11 – Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
09/13 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/15 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
09/17 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
09/21 – Austin, Texas @ Austin360 Amphitheater
09/23 – Dallas, Texas @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
09/25 – Houston, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/28 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/30 – Chula Vista, Calif. @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/02 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl

Van Halen Stream Live Version Of “Unchained” From Tokyo Dome Live In Concert

Van Halen are streaming a live version of their song “Unchained” from their new live CD, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert. The disc was recorded at the Tokyo Dome, in Tokyo, Japan, on June 21, 2013 and it will be released on March 31.

Van Halen Stream Live Versions Of “Panama” & “Runnin’ With The Devil” From Tokyo Dome Live In Concert

Van Halen are streaming live versions of “Panama” and “Runnin’ With The Devil” from their new live CD, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert. The disc was recorded at the Tokyo Dome, in Tokyo, Japan, on June 21, 2013 and it will be released on March 31.

Van Halen To Release “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert” Live Album In March

Van Halen have announced that they will be releasing a new live album, titled Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, on March 31. The album was recorded at the Tokyo Dome, in Tokyo, Japan on June 21, 2013 and will be the band’s first live album with David Lee Roth.

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Tokyo Dome Live In Concert Track Listing:

01. “Unchained”
02. “Runnin’ With The Devil”
03. “She’s The Woman”
04. “I’m The One”
05. “Tattoo”
06. “Everybody Wants Some!!”
07. “Somebody Get Me A Doctor”
08. “China Town”
09. “Hear About It Later”
10. “(Oh) Pretty Woman”
11. “Me & You” (Drum Solo)
12. “You Really Got Me”
13. “Dance The Night Away”
14. “I’ll Wait”
15. “Cradle Will Rock”
16. “Hot For Teacher”
17. “Women In Love”
18. “Romeo Delight”
19. “Mean Street”
20. “Beautiful Girls”
21. “Ice Cream Man”
22. “Panama”
23. “Eruption” (Guitar Solo)
24. “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”
25. “Jump”

In other news, the band plan to release six remastered albums, as well. The first two will be Van Halen and 1984, which will also be released on March 31.