Van Halen reunion talk with Michael Anthony heats up
Valen Halen and Michael Anthony back together again? It appears to be closer than ever to happening. Frontman David Lee Roth recently told Rolling Stone he'd welcome Anthony back into the band.
"Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo ... and what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever – that was in Michael Anthony," Roth said. "So I would always look forward to that reunion, and I would always look forward to writing a whole variety of material."
Anthony, who left Van Halen in the mid-2000s after fights with guitarist Eddie Van Halen, now tells Howard Stern (via Blabbermouth and Classic Rock Magazine) that "it was flattering to hear Dave talk like that. He never used to talk like that when we were all playing together. [laughs] But hey… I really don't know what to say to that. It was flattering that he said that. And, obviously, I'm the kind of guy that… water under the bridge."
So is that a yes or a no, Dave and Mikey? While everyone sorta enjoys the novelty of Wolfgang Van Halen on bass, it's hard to debate that the original lineup is what the fans really want. (And hell, throw in Sammy as an opening act and guest vocalist too. Right now!)