B Rock Note: Michael Anthony Would Welcome Classic Van Halen Lineup Tour
Like Sammy Hagar, bassist and fan favorite Anthony, wants a five-man "Roth & Hagar" reunion to take place. Anthony is on tour with Sammy Hagar & The Circle.
During a chat with Ohio's News-Herald. Anthony was asked why he's pushing for a reunion, and admitted:
"Well, I mean, partly because you obviously see all of these other bands doing it these days. And also for Van Halen’s fans. Maybe some kind of proper closure or something. I’m not sure. Everybody in the band is still relatively healthy and alive. So there’s one thing right there. And Sammy has brought it up quite a few times in interviews he’s done. He’d be open to doing a tour with him and Dave singing."
Meanwhile, drummer Alex Van Halen shed light on how they met Michael Anthony and how he ultimately became the fourth and final member of the classic Van Halen lineup back in 1974:
We were playing the same bill -- playing a high school auditorium. And our P.A. had broken down and Mike just let us use his. And we befriended him and he came around -- and before you know it, he was in the band. In the beginning, that's when you really. . . it's the friendship and the camaraderie and the love for music that makes it happen. But, yeah, it was Mike's vibe that was the. . . first got us going."
Should the classic lineup reunion ever take place, it would rank as one of the biggest classic rock stories of the year- followed by a stadium caliber style tour.