Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony says he was flattered by comments his former bandmate David Lee Roth made about wanting him back in the famous group recently. As he jokingly noted, "He never used to talk like that when we were all playing together."

In an interview with Eddie Trunk, Anthony touched on a number of topics, including the possibility of joining his Chickenfoot (and former Van Halen) bandmate Sammy Hagar on the singer's upcoming multi-band career retrospective tour ("Sammy wants me to be a part of that, because I was a part of that") and the future of their current band ("We'll get back together as soon as the schedules align... probably in the fall").

When asked about Roth's comments, Anthony, who was replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen when Eddie and Alex Van Halen reunited with Roth in 2007, seemed legitimately touched. "I really don't know what to say to that. It was flattering that he said that." But he also makes his priorities clear: "At this point in your life and career and whatever, the career aside, it's more about the friendship and just people. And if the music side of it, if that happens, if that comes about, all the better, but that's not what it's really about at this point."