Van Halen Bassist Michael Anthony Responds To Reports About A 2019 Reunion Tour

"The only comment I have..."

Ethan Meldrum

31 December 2018

Ethan Meldrum

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Rumours of a Van Halen 2019 reunion tour have been dampened by bassist Michael Anthony, who says it's been nearly 15 years since he spoke with the rest of the band.

Apart from a meeting with drummer Alex Van Halen "a few years back", Anthony said there's been no discussion between him and the rest of the band.

“The only comment I have is that I haven’t spoken to any of the guys since we last played together back in 2004," he told Premiere Radio Networks.

The lack of communication between Anthony and the rest of the band members waters down the rumours the band would reunite with all original members next year.

It's been 34 years since the quartet of Anthony, David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen played together.

Roth heightened speculation when talking to Vulture two weeks ago.

"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?”

Eddie Trunk, former host of VH1's That Metal Show, told SiriusXM the rumours were unconfirmed but reliable.

“The rumors from reliable sources — but still rumors 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.

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