Van Halen reunion talk flatters Anthony
Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony says he’s “flattered” that frontman David Lee Roth wants him back in the band.
An original lineup reunion remains unlikely as Eddie Van Halen continues to move forward with his son Wolfgang playing bass.
But Roth recently said he’d love to see Anthony back in the fold – not lease because his voice adds a great deal to the band’s sound.
Now Anthony tells Howard Stern, via Blabbermouth: “It was flattering to hear Dave talk like that. He never used to talk like that when we were all playing together!
“But hey – I really don’t know what to say to that. It was flattering that he said that. And, obviously, I’m the kind of guy that… water under the bridge. I don’t hold any kind of grudges for anything, and you never know what will happen at any time.”
The bassist fell foul of the guitarist’s temper in the mid-2000s and was replaced by Wolfgang for the reunion with Roth. It’s thought the disagreement stemmed from Anthony remaining in touch with ex singer Sammy Hagar, with whom he later formed Chickenfoot.
But although the supergroup is taking a year off while drummer Chad Smith focuses on the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony isn’t necessarily looking for more work.
He says: “At this point in your life and career and whatever, it’s more about the friendship, and just people. And if the music side of it happens, if that comes about, all the better – but that’s not what it’s really about at this point.”
Hagar also recently said he’d like to rekindle his friendship with Van Halen, and exchange phone numbers – although he’d pass on Anthony’s at the same time.
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