There are rumours floating that glam legends Van Halen may be touring with their classic lineup in 2019, according to Consequence Of Sound.
That lineup would include Michael Anthony, who was replaced as bassist by Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang in 2006, the first time that since 1984 that Anthony, David Lee Roth, and Eddie and Alex Van Halen played together.
The rumours come from a Vulture interview with Roth where he strongly hinted at the tour.
“When we come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin’, maybe with somebody famous, I’ll make sure we get you all tickets so you can see what we do for gainful employment,” he said.
“Because, you know, next time my rock band will be playing the same place that the Yankees play. Okay?”
Roth got coy when asked to confirm that meant they’ll play at Yankee Stadium in New York though.
“Yeah, but I can’t … If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, ‘Oh, this leaked…’ But, the band will be — I can’t say.”
He also hinted at big support acts.
“I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show — Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Jason Aldean, the Foo Fighters… they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved.”
Radio DJ Eddie Trunk fuelled the fires of the reunion with Michael Anthony.
“The rumours from reliable sources — but still rumours that are unconfirmed — is that the band will tour in 2019 with the original band, which would mean the return of Michael, and that it’s gonna be some sort of stadium package,” he said.
Listen to Eddie Trunk's chat here:
The band has a long, messy history of infighting, but this would be one of the biggest moments in music in 2019 if it comes off.