Michael Anthony says that he is open to reuniting with VAN HALEN to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the release of the band’s classic debut album.
Anthony, singer Sammy Hagar, Alex and Eddie Van Halen last teamed up in 2004 for a U.S. summer tour. In exchange for taking part in the tour, Anthony reportedly had to agree to take a pay cut and sign away his rights to the band name and logo.
In 2007, the Van Halen brothers, Wolfgang Van Halen and singer David Lee Roth announced they would be hitting the road for a reunion tour. Anthony later told Music Radar that he “found out about that tour like everybody else did — in the press.”
Asked by Sayaka Shiomi at last month’s NAMM show in Anaheim, California if there is a chance he could rejoin VAN HALEN, Anthony responded: “I’m always the guy that says never say never. But, you know, right now, I’m just having fun doing what I’m doing, and if it happens, it’ll happen. I’m obviously open to it, if something happens with it. Next year, I guess, is the fortieth anniversary of our first album, so who knows?”