Legendary Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony feels there absolutely needs to be a proper Eddie Van Halen tribute concert. Blabbermouth reported Anthony spoke about the prospects on KLOS and was all for a live bash celebrating the life and music of his departed former bandmate: “There has to be one. Obviously, we all loved Eddie, and the music was all great, whether you’re a Dave (Lee Roth) fan, a Sammy (Hagar) fan, a Gary (Cherone) fan, or whatever. And it’s gotta be celebrated at some point.” He went on to say, “Obviously, now is not the time, because his family’s grieving, his son’s grieving, (and) I’m still trying to wrap my head around it actually having happened. But I’m sure it will happen some time here in the hopefully not-too-distant future. And I’m definitely in when it does happen. It’ll be a great celebration, I think.”
Sadly, although there were early plans in the works for Anthony to re-join Van Halen on the road, the guitarist’s illness precluded a reconnection between the bandmates on any level: “I actually did not have the chance to do that, and I really feel bad about that. We all, kind of, in the inner circle that were kind of close to him, knew that he was ill, but I didn’t know to what extent. And he was very private about his illness, and so we all kind of respected that. So we really weren’t that much in touch before I found out, with everybody else, that he had passed.”
- 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.
CHECK IT OUT: Van Halen on May 29th, 1983 performing “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” live at the US Festival: