Former Van Halen Members Sammy Hagar And Michael Anthony Launch Van Hagar Social Media Accounts

Ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have launched official Van Hagar accounts on Facebook and Instagram. The pages, which are called “Van Hagar / Other Half,” were created to celebrate the Hagar-era of the band. Hagar commented:

“Hey everybody, I’ve got some fresh news for you. Mikey and I have been checking out our old vintage footage of stuff we’ve been doing over the years with Van Hagar years and all that, and we found some of the coolest stuff. And we’re digging and we’re digging — we’re finding nuggets every day and we’re gonna share ’em with you.”

Anthony added:

“Hey, everyone keeps asking us, ‘Why don’t you post more of the Van Hagar years stuff?’ Well, guess what. You’ve got it. We’re gonna go through, dig through some of the archived stuff, try to find stuff you haven’t seen before — maybe some stuff that we haven’t seen in decades — and throw it up, and maybe post a couple of comments to go along with it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Michael Anthony: “I Definitely Think That Chickenfoot Will Do Something Else”

It looks like we may be getting more music or shows from Chickenfoot at some point in the future. During a recent interview with Terrie Carr of 105.5 WDHA, Michael Anthony was asked about the group and he said that he believes they will “do something else” someday.

Anthony said the following:

“I think there’ll definitely be some kind of CHICKENFOOT [activity] in the future. Sammy [Hagar] and I, we talk about it all the time, and I text with Joe [Satriani] and Chad [Smith] all the time, if we’re not speaking. And I know Joe really wants to do it.”

“It’s kind of funny, ’cause we start doing THE CIRCLE thing, and Sammy gets all enamored with THE CIRCLE. He’s all, ‘Oh, yeah. It’s THE CIRCLE this and that.’ But you never know. He might wake up tomorrow and go, ‘Oh my God. CHICKENFOOT — let’s do a CHICKENFOOT gig.'”

“I definitely think that CHICKENFOOT will do something else. Whether we’ll record another album, which would be great — I’d love to do that. But I’d love to just together and even just do some shows — do a bunch of shows with those guys. ‘Cause that’s actually some of the best times I’ve ever had on the road. Believe me — touring with Chad Smith is like touring with no other… Even hanging out with Chad since he’s been sober, he’s still crazier than some of the most crazy people I know.”

“But we definitely have a great time. And I definitely feel that we’ll [get together], if not to record some new stuff, hopefully in the near future to at least get together and play some shows together.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Michael Anthony On The Possibility Of An Eddie Van Halen Tribute Show: “There Has To Be One”

During a recent interview with Matt Pinfield on the KLOS series “New & Approved,” former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony was asked about the possibility of a tribute show for the band’s late guitarist Eddie Van Halen. He responded with the following:

“There has to be one. Obviously, we all loved Eddie, and the music was all great, whether you’re a Dave [Lee Roth] fan, a Sammy [Hagar] fan, a Gary [Cherone] fan, or whatever. And it’s gotta be celebrated at some point. But, obviously, now is not the time, because his family’s grieving, his son’s grieving, [and] I’m still trying to wrap my head around it actually having happened. But I’m sure it will happen some time here in the hopefully not-too-distant future. And I’m definitely in when it does happen. It’ll be a great celebration, I think.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sammy Hagar On The Possibility Of An Eddie Van Halen Tribute Show: “It’s Gotta Happen”

During a recent interview with New York’s Q104.3 radio station, former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony were asked about the possibility of a tribute show for the band’s late guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Hagar responded with the following:

“It’s gotta happen. Of course it’s gonna happen. No one’s really connected all the dots with everyone involved, but I have been told, and I have read interviews with various people involved — with Wolfie [Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen] and Valerie [Bertinelli, Eddie’s ex-wife] and Eddie’s wife [Janie] that he was married to at the time — they all said as soon as this is over, we’re gonna get everybody together and do a tribute or whatever; just a ‘thank you,’ a goodbye, a send-off. And that’s an absolute must. I don’t care if it takes 10 years — that will happen. And if we’re available to do it, we’ll do it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Michael Anthony Says He Never Got To Reconcile With Eddie Van Halen Before His Death

During a recent interview on the “Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown” podcast, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony opened up about Eddie Van Halen’s death. Sadly, he revealed that the two never got a chance to reconcile before the legendary guitarist passed away. Anthony said the following:

“We actually hadn’t spoken [for many years], and unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to. And, you know, it kind of bothers me, because we had some issues that were never resolved. But, I mean, what can you do? We were on track [for] a reunion, which I’m really sad that it never happened. But, you know, life and the show goes on.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Sammy Hagar And Michael Anthony Perform “Right Now” In Honor Of Eddie Van Halen

Former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen with a moment of silence and a performance of Van Halen’s “Right Now” during Hagar’s recent birthday bash. That event was held at Catalina Island on October 8 and it will be available to stream on October 17.

[via Blabbermouth]

Van Halen’s Manager Confirms The Band Were Close To Reuniting With Michael Anthony For A 2019 Stadium Tour

In late 2018, there were rumors circulating that seemed to suggest that Van Halen were planning to reunite with bassist Michael Anthony for a 2019 summer stadium tour. Now, during an interview with Pollstar, the band’s manager Irving Azoff confirmed that the trek came close to happening and that Metallica and Foo Fighters were tentatively set to join the group on select dates. However, the massive tour never materialized due to the late Eddie Van Halen’s health issues. Azoff said the following:

“We had lots of stops and starts, but there was every intention of doing a summer stadium tour [in 2019], and as the cancer moved around, [Van Halen] was physically unable to do it. There is no doubt in my mind that it would have been massive”

Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen In New Video

Former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have shared a new video tribute for the late Eddie Van Halen. The clip was recorded after the recent rehearsals for “Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash 2020.” That event is being filmed at Catalina Island today (October 8) and it will stream on October 17.

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Michael Anthony Further Discusses Failed Van Halen Reunion

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]