Michael Anthony Says He and Van Halen Fans Want 'Closure'

Longtime Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony says there's never going to be a better time than now for his former band to bury its many hatchets and tour with himself and both of its iconic frontmen.

“You obviously see all of these other bands doing it these days,” Anthony told Ohio’sNews-Herald(via Ultimate Classic Rock). “And also for Van Halen’s fans. Maybe some kind of proper closure or something." 

The bassist is taking a pragmatic approach. He continued, "Everybody in the band is still relatively healthy and alive. So there’s one thing right there. And [Sammy Hagar] has brought it up quite a few times in interviews he’s done.”

Of course the last time David Lee Roth and Hagar toured together it ended poorly. Hagar said in his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock that the tour was devised by Sammy and Dave "just to piss off Van Halen..." So maybe the infrastructure wasn't the strongest it could have been.

"[Things] got maybe a little strained," Anthony recalls of that ill-fated jaunt. "But at this point, I personally am through with all of the drama that comes with everything. I want to go out, play music and have a good time. I want to go to my grave a happy guy."

Anthony and Hagar are touring this summer with The Circle. He adds that Chickenfoot"will be back, by the way, at some point. If we can ever get our drummer [Chad Smith] off the road with the Chili Peppers."

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