Ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony that was not involved in the band’s last reunion said in an interview with the Jeremy White Podcast that he would like to play with David Lee Roth in one concert. The musician even said that he would do this in 2020, but he had dates with The Circle in the same day.
Michael Anthony says he would play with David Lee Roth in one concert:
“When he did his residency stuff in Las Vegas out here — ’cause it turned out I couldn’t it anyway; I think we had something going on with The Circle — but I was actually going to show up and see about going up on stage and jamming with Dave.”
“‘Cause I’ve got no beef with any of the guys about any of that stuff. At this point in the career and my life, it’s, like, hey, I’ll play it all. I’m sure if it came up, if it was the right situation, let it happen.”
In an interview with radioKSHE 95, the musician said that he called Alex Van Halen (Eddie’s older brother and Van Halen drummer) after Eddie’s death.
“I haven’t actually spoken to Wolfgang (Eddie’s son) yet, I obviously didn’t want to talk to them. So I spoke briefly with Alex (Van Halen) right after Eddie passed, but I wanted them to have their privacy. And I have texted with Wolfie a couple of times, and everything is all good, obviously.”
About his current relationshiop with Alex, Michael said:
“We spoke briefly after Ed’s passing. But Alex has been pretty much grieving, or however you wanna put it, pretty much been to himself. So I’m just kind of letting that happen. I’m sure at one point we’ll talk again here or even get together.”
Alex Van Halen always was the most recluse member of the band and kept this way after the band’s last concert in 2015.
About the possible Van Halen reunion before Eddie’s death, he said:
“I actually did get a call from (Van Halen) camp — actually, Irving Azoff’s (Manager) office — I don’t know… three or four years ago… a few years ago now, and they did ask me about coming back and doing a reunion. And things kind of were progressing, and then, I guess, Eddie was kind of ill — he was going over to Europe and having some treatments done or whatever. And it never materialized. I think he was too ill.”