February 14, 2019
Sammy Hagar

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Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has confirmed that ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony was contacted by the band's management six months ago about reuniting with the group for a tour.

A recent rumor has suggested that the original Van Halen lineup -- including Anthony, who has not played with the band since 2004 -- will reunite in 2019 for a run of stadium shows. This would be the first time that the four founding members of the band, including singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen, perform together since 1984.

On Wednesday (February 13th), Hagar said on SiriusXM, "As usual, Mike's hearing about it through the news, just like the way he heard about when Wolfie (Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang) replaced him (back in 2007). It was, like, 'Oh, I guess I'm not in Van Halen anymore.' He read about it instead of these knuckleheads giving him a call and just being straight upfront with him."

Hagar continued, "I'm telling you, Mike don't know s**t . . . he got a call six months ago from 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."

Anthony, who plays with Hagar in The Circle, said at last month's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, that he wasn't opposed to reuniting with Van Halen, adding, "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."

Story source: Blabbermouth


The rumors originally started with Roth, who hinted to Vulture that Van Halen would be playing stadiums this summer with Anthony back in the lineup.

Van Halen and Anthony have not been on good terms for more than a decade, with Anthony not invited to join the reunion with Roth that began in 2007. The subsequent two tours and studio album, A Different Kind Of Truth, featured Wolfgang on bass.

Anthony took a pay cut and signed away all of his rights to the band name and logo in order to participate in the 2004 tour, which featured Hagar.

Here's a few questions though..

Do you think Sammy Hagar is a reliable source on all this? Does he have any reason to lie?

If you were Michael Anthony, would you do the tour after all the bad blood that's gone on?

Is all the secrecy and innuendo about all this just kind of silly?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

Ross O'Ross wrote: "It's fun watching the drama unfold, but the band are pretty much done. Michael is a decent bassist, but not legendary. The key is his backing vocals, more than his bass skills."

Eric Gerber wrote: "DLR can't sing very well as we all know, but i'd still go to see this because it's been a long time coming and this would be the last chance to see the four originals back together."

Ken Barrier wrote: "I think it will happen, the shows will be limited (hence stadium tour) in my opinion because VH doesn't like to be on the road for long periods of time."

Kevin Werrun wrote: "Hagar just may be the problem. Doesn't know when to stop running his mouth & let s**t play out on its own."