Update: Sammy Hagar Confirms Big News Surrounding Van Halen And Michael Anthony
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Former Van Halen Singer Reveals New Twist
In recent weeks, David Lee Roth has been fanning the flames of a possible Van Halen reunion, complete with a stop at Yankee Stadium. “When we come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin’, maybe with somebody famous,” he told Vulture. “…my rock band will be playing the same place that the Yankees play.”
Now, it’s rumored that if Van Halen’s plans for a stadium tour turn out to be true, they’ll be missing a familiar face…Wolfgang Van Halen, who would be stepping aside to allow for the moment fans have waited too many long years to see: the return of bassist Michael Anthony.
Radio personality Eddie Trunk revealed via Ultimate-Guitar that rumblings in the music industry surrounding Anthony’s return to Van Halen are getting stronger and louder, and while unconfirmed at this time and merely rumors until someone in Van Halen’s camp says otherwise, Trunk might be onto something here.
“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,” he revealed. “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.”
Though he regrettably can’t reveal his sources, Trunk assured fans that he’s hearing rumblings of a classic Van Halen reunion from folks pretty high up – and where there’s smoke, there’s fire…right?
“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’.’
Now, it looks like there might be some fire, after all.
Despite rumors that no one from Van Halen’s camp has attempted to contact Michael Anthony regarding the possibility of a reunion, former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar calls shenanigans. While speaking with Eddie Trunk yesterday, Hagar revealed that Van Halen’s camp has, in fact, contacted Michael as recently as 6 months ago.
“…got the call six months ago from management, saying, ‘Are you interested?’ He said, ‘Yeah, you know, I’m doing a record with Sammy right now, it depends. We’re booking shows, so you know you’d have to work around it.’ And they said, ‘Okay, we’ll get back to you,’ and that was it.”
Unfortunately, that’s kind of where it ends – for now, at least. Sammy also shared that as far as he knows, nothing more has come of that conversation since it took place 6 months ago, and swears that neither he or Michael know anything other than what was just revealed. Sure, it makes sense that they’d be left in the dark – but there’s also the distinct possibility that much like Guns N’ Roses’ reunion in 2016, everyone involved is sworn to secrecy until it comes time to make an official announcement.
“I’m not trying to hide anything, like I know something but don’t know something,” swears Hagar. “Michael and I have had the conversation. I’m telling you, Mike don’t know s–t. Eventually, somebody’s going to have to give the guy a call.” But, if the opportunity to rejoin Van Halen for a bit does arise for Michael Anthony, he’s got Sammy’s blessing – 100%.
“Mike totally has my blessing. … 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.”