Sammy Hagar predicts bassist Michael Anthony will rejoin Van Halen for a reunion of the band’s original lineup. Anthony was famously removed from the Van Halen lineup by guitarist Eddie Van Halen sometime in 2002 because he remained friendly with Hagar after his stint in the band. The guitarist brought in his son, Wolfgang, to handle bass duties in 2006 as the group prepared for a reunion tour with David Lee Roth.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” Hagar told VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner when asked about reports of a new Van Halen album. “I couldn’t even tell you. I could speculate all day long but I always get in trouble for doing that, so I’d rather just say I would love to hear some new music from those guys – and I don’t care if I’m in the band or not, that doesn’t mean anything to me. Right now, I’m really happy. I can play any song I want and I can sing it and I can rock it and I’ve got musicians that can do it and me and Mikey are having the time of our life.”
“My guess is, if you want me to make one prediction,” Hagar continued, “I think that Michael Anthony will be back in that band because they really need to do that. If they’re going to serve the fans and ever do what the fans really want right now, if it’s going to be Dave, then it’s gotta be Mike, too.”
“It’s gotta be the original band, and that’s the way it should be,” he added. “Nothing against Wolfie – I love the guy; he was a sweet kid, grew up, I saw him when he was born for God’s sake – but they need to do that and my prediction is they will.”