Michael Anthony Out For Potential Van Halen Tour
Original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony was rumored to be taking part in a potential reunion with the band. Anthony recently posted the photo above to Instagram and when asked about the status of the tour replied, “VH tour not gonna happen.” Ultimate Classic Rock picked up on the story after which the bassist clarified, “no VH reunion that I’m involved with!”
The rumors started in December when Van Halen frontman told Vulture employees in New York City, “When we come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin’, maybe with somebody famous. I’ll make sure we get you all tickets so you can see what we do for gainful employment. My mom still wonders.” He told the interviewer, “My rock band will be playing the same place that the Yankees play” alluding to a show at Yankees Stadium.
Then, later in December, radio host and longtime Michael Anthony friend Eddie Trunk told Ultimate Guitar, “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. 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.”
Sammy Hagar confirmed Anthony had been contacted by Van Halen’s team during an appearance on Trunk’s SiriusXM radio show earlier this year, though the bassist played coy about the situation. Van Halen last toured in 2015 and last performed with Michael Anthony in 2004.
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