Ex-VAN HALEN Bassist MICHAEL ANTHONY Over EDDIE VAN HALEN 's Death
Bassist Michael Anthony responded to Eddie Van Halen 's passing. Age 65, the famous VAN HALEN guitarist died earlier today (Tuesday, October 6). His son and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen announced his death.
Anthony took some pictures of him and Eddie to his Instagram and posted the following caption: "No words ... Heartbroken, my family love."
For over a decade, VAN HALEN and Anthony had not been on good terms, with Anthony not invited to attend the 2007 meeting with singer David Lee Roth. Wolfgang's next two tours and studio album, "A Different Kind Of Reality," featured on bass.
Anthony took a pay cut and signed all his band name and logo rights to perform in VAN HALEN 's 2004 tour, featuring Hagar.
Back in June 2019, Michael — who spent most of the last few years on the road with SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE — confirmed to SiriusXM's "Trunk Country" that VAN HALEN 's management approached him in 2018 on re-teaming with the group.
The rumors began with Roth, who told Vulture that VAN HALEN will play stadiums in the summer of 2019 with Anthony back in the lineup.
Anthony's THE CIRCLE bandmate Sammy Hagar, himself a former VH member, was the first to publicly announce that VAN HALEN 's management approached Michael about meeting the group for a tour.