Sadly, a true Van Halen reunion can never happen with the recent death of the great Eddie Van Halen  — but bassist Michael Anthony is open to jam with David Lee Roth. Blabbermouth transcribed some of Anthony’s recent chat on The Jeremy White Podcast, where he spoke about the possibility, explaining, “When he did his residency stuff in Las Vegas out here — ’cause it turned out I couldn’t it anyway; I think we had something going on with the Circle — but I was actually going to show up and see about going up on stage and jamming with Dave.”

Michael Anthony, who was forced out of Van Halen and replaced by Eddie’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen for the band’s reunion tours and sessions said, “I’ve got no beef with any of the guys about any of that stuff. At this point in the career and my life, it’s, like, hey, I’ll play it all. I’m sure if it came up, if it was the right situation, let it happen.”

IN OTHER VAN HALEN-RELATED NEWS

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have just unveiled their latest “lockdown” collaboration, a cover of the Robert Palmer favorite, “Bad Case Of Loving You.”

The “Red Rocker” posted on social media: “I always loved this song written and recorded by Moon Martin, and taken to the top by the one and only Mr. Robert Palmer. As we continue our @ Home Sessions, we hope be able to bring it to you live in 2021 #FingersCrossed #DoctorOrders #TheCure #LiveRockAndRoll.”

FAST FACTS

  • Michael Anthony had been estranged from Van Halen since the band’s 2004 summer tour featuring him, singer Sammy Hagar, and Alex and Eddie Van Halen. 
  • The band recruited Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass starting in 2007, when it reunited with original frontman David Lee Roth for a world tour and later an album.
  • Anthony has played primarily with Hagar in the 16 years since he last performed with Van Halen, in such groups as Chickenfoot and the Circle.

SIDE NOTES

The tracklisting to Sammy Hagar & The Circle’s ‘Lockdown 2020’ album is:

“Funky Feng Shui” (The Circle)
“Won’t Get Fooled Again” (The Who)
“Good Enough” (Van Halen)
“Three Little Birds” (Bob Marley & The Wailers)
“Whole Lotta Rosie” (AC/DC)
“For What It’s Worth” (Buffalo Springfield)
“Keep A-Knockin'” (Little Richard)
“Right Now” (Van Halen)
“Don’t Tell Me What Love Can Do” (Van Halen)
“Sympathy For The Human” (Sammy Hagar & The Wabos)
“‘Heroes'” (David Bowie)

CHECK IT OUT: Sammy Hagar & The Circle’s 2021 version of “Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)”: