Michael Anthony previously revealed that he was contacted about possibly reuniting with Van Halen for a summer tour, but nothing ever came of it. Now, during an interview on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation,” the bassist discussed the situation further saying he “would have been in pre-production rehearsals with Van Halen right now” if everything would have worked out.
Here’s what Anthony had to say:
“The reason THE CIRCLE is taking a break right now is that if things would have worked out as they were starting to go and was planned, we would have been in pre-production rehearsals with VAN HALEN right now.
“I’m sure you know Sammy [Hagar] had made a statement [earlier in the year] saying I was offered [to do a tour with VAN HALEN]. And I can tell you, I spoke with [VAN HALEN’s manager] Irving Azoff last October — that’s when I first heard from him — and he asked if I would be interested in any kind of a reunion, and I told him, I said, ‘Yeah.’ I was finishing up a couple of shows with Sammy and I said, ‘Yeah, I’d be interested to hear what you guys have going on. I’ve got these few dates left, and give me a call.’ And I never heard a call back. And then, right after the first of the year, I got… [VAN HALEN singer] David Lee Roth’s, Dave’s business manager or lawyer, or something, got ahold of me about a meeting or something. And so at that point, I gave it over to our manager, because I didn’t wanna start getting in this whole thing — I wanted to do it the correct way, especially after the way things went for me in 2004.”
“From what I’ve heard, and I haven’t spoken to any of the guys, they were gonna try to plan a thing for this summer. And for whatever reason… I was never… My people were never… They never got in touch with us about any kind of a contract or any kind of a meeting to discuss or whatever. And the next thing I knew, the plug got pulled on it.”
Michael Anthony recently shot down the rumors suggesting that he would be reuniting with Van Halen for a stadium tour. However, the bassist has since confirmed that he was contacted about a reunion in October. He said the following on “The Howard Stern Show”:
“I was actually contacted by their management last October, to see if I would be interested in something. And that’s basically as far as it went. I think they were trying to put something together on their end, management was, and something broke down on their end and the plug got pulled.”
Michael Anthony has confirmed that he will not be reuniting with Van Halen for a 2019 stadium tour. A fan asked the bassist the following in the comment section of the below Instagram post: “Thought the circle was on hold because of VH tour??”. Anthony then responded with: “VH tour not gonna happen.”
Eddie Van Halen has released a new “1978 high top” sneaker. You can purchase a pair and other merch at eddievanhalenstore.com. Here’s an official description:
“This commemorative shoe, the 1978 High Top, honoring the occasion of Eddie’s groundbreaking debut to the world stage with the release of the first Van Halen album, some 40 years ago. Adding to the growing collection of footwear offered by the EVH™ brand, the 1978 High Tops are a black and white classic high-top sneaker. The outer side features a live photo of Eddie Van Halen playing guitar on the first world tour, and the inner side of the shoe has 1978 prominently displayed in a circular badge. The Eddie Van Halen logo appears on both the tongue of the shoe and on the back sole, and the back panel features his signature white with black striped pattern.”
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]
Michael Anthony has once again shot down the rumors suggesting that he would be reuniting with Van Halen for a 2019 stadium tour. The bassist told Music Radar the following:
“I’m a ‘never say never’ guy. At this point… I don’t know what kind of rumors are floating around or whatever, but I personally haven’t been contacted by them yet or anything. So, at this point, nothing is happening. But you never know.”
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.