Michael Anthony Says Time is Right for Van Halen to Tour With Both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar
“I think now’s the time, especially if you listen to some of the interviews [Hagar has been] doing or whatever now,” the bassist said in an appearance earlier this week on “Trunk Nation,” a SiriusXM Volume show. “Right now, he’s saying the proper way to do a Van Halen tour, he’s saying, ‘Let’s do it with Dave and myself.'”
Sammy Hagar made a similar suggestion back in March, adding that the competition between the two frontmen would make fans “die and go to heaven.” Listen to the entire interview with Michael Anthony below.
Anthony also answered the much-discussed question of whether Roth had donated a cool $10,000 to the fundraising team honoring his infant grandson who passed away.
Shortly after his grandson Rex died of heart disease at just 15 days old, Anthony posted to his Facebook page that he was joining this year’s Walk L.A. team, Rex and the Heart Beaters, to benefit Children’s Hospital L.A. He set the fundraising goal of $3,450, which was quickly surpassed by the $10,000 donation listed as being from “Dave Roth.”
A very appreciative Anthony says he emailed the donor and asked whether it was really his old bandmate, and received the response, “Hi, Michael. It’s David. Sorry about your loss. I’ll be in touch.”
A co-founding member of Van Halen, Anthony last played with Hagar, and Alex and Eddie Van Halen in 2004, when he reportedly took a pay cut and signed away his rights to the band name and logo. In 2007, Roth returned to Van Halen for a tour with Alex, Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen. Anthony has more recently played with Hagar in Chickenfoot and the Circle.
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