It's been great having Van Halen back in action with David Lee Roth in recent years, but the dark cloud hanging over their reunion has been the absence of original bassist Michael Anthony, who was exiled in favor of Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang. Don't expect to hear any sour grapes …
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."
There's once again drama in the world of Van Halen, with singer David Lee Roth complaining about a recent lack of activity and communication within the band, and openly calling for a reunion with original bassist Michael Anthony.
Sammy Hagar has accused his former bandmates in Van Halen of using their ex-bassist Michael Anthony‘s backing vocals via tape in concerts on their 2008 tour with singer David Lee Roth, even though Anthony was not performing with the band at the time.