Feb 13, 2019

Sammy Hagar confirms Van Halen contacted Anthony

By Bob Suehs

 

Eddie Trunk conducted a live on air interview with former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar.  Towards the end of the interview Trunk asked Hagar about the rumors of Michael Anthony returning to Van Halen and Sammy replied:

“The main thing I want to say is that Michael Anthony is one of my dearest friends in the world, he’s my band mate, him and I are soul brothers.  We are, talk about cut from the same mold, the whole high tide beach thing, that’s the way we live.  We live the same lifestyle.  I told Mike, and these are all just rumors, as usual, Mike’s hearing about it through the news just like the way he heard about when Wolfie replaced him and was like Oh, I guess I’m not in Van Halen anymore, he read about it instead of these knuckleheads giving him a call and being straight up front with him.  Mikey’s still sitting in that same position again where all of these rumors are going around and I’m sure they are trying to put something together  but how it’s going to materialize I wouldn’t have a clue, it’s nothing to do with me.  I told Mike, if this happens you have my blessings, you go do this, you’re a founding member in that band and for the fans he needs to do it.  He is the missing element right now.”

  “ If you want my opinion, without Mike it doesn’t seem quite the same.”

   “He’s the flag barer, he walks out there with the flag, the VH flag, he holds it high like the guy in the calvary and he’s a special guy.  He has my blessings and when they are done we will go back out if it happens.”

  “But the things I’ve been reading, it aint gonna happen.  They think Mikey’s gonna come out and do his bass solo with the Jack Daniels bass and say goodbye and watch Wolfie play his songs all night, I mean, I don’t think the fans are going to go for that either.  That would be real hard on little Wolf, he don’t deserve that.  I don’t know what to think, maybe it’s just a rumor.  Those guys don’t tell me nothing because I don’t want to know but you would at least think they would tell Mike.” (laughs)

  “I’m not trying to hide anything, it’s not like I know something.  Mike and I have had the conversation, I’m telling you Mike don’t know shit.  They are going to have to eventually give the guy a call.  He (Mike) got a call 6 months ago from (Van Halen) management saying, “Are you interested?”  and he said, yeah, but I’m doing a record right now with Sammy and we are booking shows so you’d have to work around it and they said, OK, we will get back to you and that was it.”

 Here the entire interview below”