Michael Anthony, former bassist for Van Halen, has ruled out a return to the band this year, despite speculation that's linked him with a reunion in recent months.
David Lee Roth, Van Halen's frontman, first mentioned the possibility of the band returning to the road for the first time since 2015 in an interview last year. He said the group were planning a "reunion thing" for a stadium tour.
Former singer, Sammy Hagar, later said that tentative discussions to include Anthony on the tour had taken place. He reported that he was prepared to put his current band featuring Anthony, The Circle, on hold if the Van Halen tour went ahead. Anthony last played with Van Halen fronted by Hagar in 2004, and with the Roth-fronted lineup in 1984. Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang has played bass for the group since 2007.
Anthony seems to have offered an update via a comment on one of his Instagram posts - asked by a fan if the Circle were going on hiatus as had been rumoured, Anthony replied "VH tour not gonna happen." It's not clear whether he meant his own involvement or the entire project.
Back in 2017, Anthony said he could see "some kind of proper closure or something" in a reunion, adding: "I’m not sure. Everybody in the band is still relatively healthy and alive. So there’s one thing right there… 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."
Before Anthony's latest comments, Hagar said: Hagar said: "[I]f 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 can tell you straight-up right now – there has been nothing confirmed."