According to The Pulse Of Radio, there won't be a VAN HALEN reunion for either Michael Anthony or Sammy Hagar — but that isn't from the lack of interest from the band. Although Michael Anthony recently confirmed that VAN HALEN had contacted him back in October with interest towards some possible road dates featuring David Lee Roth, and Eddie and Alex Van Halen, in the end, there was never any follow-up and nothing came of it.
During a chat with Hagar, he revealed that the VAN HALEN camp is frequently dangling reunion offers in front of him and Michael Anthony. The Pulse Of Radio asked him if he's heard anything from the band recently. "Nothin' — are you kiddin'?" he said. "It's, like, every now and then they throw — y'know, management throws — something at me or something at Mike, sayin'. 'Hey, what are you guys doin' next summer? Y'know, Ed and Al are talking about maybe doin' this or maybe doin' that.' And I'm goin', 'I'm workin' next summer.' [Laughs] I mean, they wanna talk to me? Talk to me. Mikey — same thing: 'He said, 'Yeah, let me know.' And then you don't hear nothin'. So, it looks to me like it's a rumor. I'm not the one that can honestly say it's official, but in my world, we're going out and tourin' this summer and nobody's tellin' us we can't."
On May 10, Hagar and Anthony's supergroup, THE CIRCLE, will release its first album of all original material, titled "Space Between". The band, which also features Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, kicks off its next string of dates on April 19 at Reno, Nevada's Grand Theatre.
Hagar, who also plays with Anthony in CHICKENFOOT, hasn't made music with Eddie or Alex Van Halen since his final tour with VAN HALEN back in 2004.
VAN HALEN and Anthony have not been on good terms for more than a decade, with Anthony not invited to join the reunion with 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.