Michael Anthony Weighs in on Van Halen 2019 Reunion Rumors
The internet is on fire with rumors about the classic lineup of Van Halen reuniting for a 2019 tour. The band, which last toured in 2015, is only missing one piece to complete that puzzle: bassist Michael Anthony.
Speculation began after vocalist David Lee Roth’s comments on playing Yankee Stadium in 2019. Rock TV and radio host Eddie Trunk added fuel to the fire when he relayed the rumor that Alex and Eddie Van Halen were interested in bringing Anthony back into the fold, per an industry insider. Anthony last performed with the band nearly 15 years ago and was subsequently replaced by Eddie’s son, Wolfgang.
“The [rumor is] 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, and that there is gonna be some sort of stadium package,” Trunk said.
Whether the idea that Alex and Eddie want Anthony back in the band or not is true, it doesn’t seem like the bassist is in on the scheme. Premiere Radio Networks reached out to Anthony for comment on Wednesday to which he replied, “The only comment I have is that I haven’t spoken to any of the guys since we last played together back in 2004.”
Anthony has been working with fellow Van Halen alum Sammy Hagar in several projects including Chickenfoot and The Circle, which will release its debut album in January. We’ll share more details as they become available.