While visiting their new grandchild over the weekend, original VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony and his wife, Sue, decided to drive by his childhood home in Arcadia, California. The rocker later took to Instagram to share a video of the experience, stating: "Whoa! Where it all began.
"Oh my God. This is the house where I grew up [and] first started playing music," he said. "[The paint] looks the same, except it's worn. The garage right back there, that's where I used to rehearse with all my first bands when I first started playing."
In a message accompanying his Instagram video, Anthony wrote: "Was in the area and got the urge to drive by the house I lived in with my family for many years. Met Ed, Al, and Dave and joined VH when I lived here!!"
VAN HALEN and Anthony have not been on good terms for more than a decade, with Anthony not invited to join the reunion with singer David Lee Roth that began in 2007. The subsequent two tours and studio album, "A Different Kind Of Truth", featured Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang on bass.
Anthony took a pay cut and signed away all of his rights to the band name and logo in order to participate in VAN HALEN's 2004 tour, which featured Hagar.
During a June 19 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation", Michael — who spent much of the last few years on the road with SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE — confirmed that he was approached by VAN HALEN's management last fall about re-teaming with the group.
The rumors originally started with Roth, who hinted to Vulture that VAN HALEN would be playing stadiums this summer with Anthony back in the lineup.
Anthony's THE CIRCLE bandmate Sammy Hagar — himself a former VH member — was the first to publicly confirm that Michael was contacted last year by VAN HALEN's management about reuniting with the group for a tour.