Bassist Michael Anthony says that a final Van Halen reunion would bring closure for him. Anthony is on tour with Sammy Hagar & The Circle, featuring Jason Bonham on drums and Vic Johnson on guitar. Although Anthony has not played with Eddie and Alex Van Halen since 2004 and was unceremoniously replaced with Eddie Van Halen's bassist son Wolfgang for the band's reunion with David Lee Roth starting in 2006, he — like Sammy Hagar — wants a five-man "Roth & Hagar" reunion to take place.
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."
Anthony has been down the "Sam & Dave" road before when he guested on the Hagar/Roth double bill back in 2002 and played with Hagar during a number of shows: "That tour started kind of harmoniously, but didn’t finish up that way. I went out and guested with Sammy on a handful of those shows and things got maybe a little strained. But at this point, I personally am through with all of the drama that comes with everything. I want to go out, play music and have a good time. I want to go to my grave a happy guy."
Anthony was pressed as to why he's always been a fan favorite, and the guy most likely to chill out and have a beer with fans: "Every band has to have somebody who’s normal in it. Let’s put it that way. I’m the normal guy. All of us in the Circle are that kind of guy. If the Circle is in town and there’s a day off, you go to the nearest mall, and I guarantee you’ll see Jason (Bonham) walking around."
Drummer Alex Van Halen shed light on Michael Anthony becoming the fourth and final member of the classic Van Halen lineup back in 1974: ["The way we met was, 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."] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . got us going)
Sammy Hagar And The Circle tour dates (subject to change):
June 29 – Tulalip, WA – Tulalip Amphitheatre
July 2 – Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
September 10 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater
September 12 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
September 14 – Irving, TX – Irving Music Factory
September 15 – Sugarland, TX – Smart Financial Centre
September 17 – Clearwater, FL – Coachman Park
September 19 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater
September 20 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
September 22 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
September 23 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
September 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
September 27 – Toledo, OH – Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
September 28 – Clarkson, MI – DTE Energy Theatre
September 30 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre