WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 17: Recording artists Michael Anthony (L) and Sammy Hagar perform onstage during the John Varvatos 13th Annual Stuart House benefit presented by Chrysler with Kids' Tent by Hasbro Studios at John Varvatos Boutique on April 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for John Varvatos)

The rock and roll rumor mill has been working overtime lately when it comes to Van Halen and the continued buzz around Michael Anthony potentially rejoining the band for an upcoming tour.

Nothing has officially been confirmed, but if a tour does take place, Anthony will have to work around his current commitments with The Circle, the band he’s in with former Van Halen bandmate Sammy Hagar, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson.

The Circle has a new album, Space Between, coming out May 10, but in a recent conversation on Talkin’ Rock with Meltdown, Hagar has no problem with Anthony taking part in a potential Van Halen reunion, if there is one:

“There is no confirmation about a VH tour. I ain’t here to tell you ‘yes’ or ‘no’ if it’s going to happen, if it’s not going to happen. But Mikey is my dearest friend in the world. He’s my favorite bass player and singer on the planet [and] to be in a band with, and we will continue to be in a band our whole life.

But if there was an opportunity for him to go play in Van Halen again just to mend that up, just to keep that sour note from being in his head for the rest of his life, he has my blessings. I will take the time off while he goes and does it. We have already talked about it, but there is nothing confirmed. I can tell you straight-up right now there has been nothing confirmed, and I ain’t gonna say it is or isn’t, because that’s not my place.

Right now, we’re going to promote this record together that we made together, and we’re gonna do some shows. And as soon as these shows are done and we figure [out] what we want to do, we’ll go book some more and keep doing it. Mikey is in The Circle. He’s my bass player. He’s my fellow singer. He’s my bandmate. He’s my dear friend. He’s my soul brother.”

Space Between is currently available of preorder in multiple formats and on multiple platforms here.

(This interview can be heard in its entirety below.)


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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