Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has confirmed that ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony was contacted by the band's management six months ago about reuniting with the group for a tour.
A recent rumor has suggested that the original Van Halen lineup — including Anthony, who has not played with the band since 2004 — will reunite in 2019 for a run of stadium shows. This would be the first time that the four founding members of the band, including singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen, perform together since 1984.
On Wednesday (February 13th), Hagar said on SiriusXM, "As usual, Mike's hearing about it through the news, just like the way he heard about when Wolfie (Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang) replaced him (back in 2007). It was, like, 'Oh, I guess I'm not in Van Halen anymore.' He read about it instead of these knuckleheads giving him a call and just being straight upfront with him."
Hagar continued, "I'm telling you, Mike don't know s**t . . . he got a call six months ago from management saying, 'Are you interested?' And he said, 'Yeah. I'm doing a record with Sammy right now. We're booking shows, so you'd have to work around it.' And they said, 'Okay. We'll get back to you.' And that was it. I can tell you that much."
Anthony, who plays with Hagar in The Circle, said at last month's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, that he wasn't opposed to reuniting with Van Halen, adding, "I don't know what kind of rumors are floating around or whatever, but I personally haven't been contacted by them yet or anything. So, at this point, nothing is happening. But you never know."
Source: Pulse of Radio