Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is skeptical that the current lineup cancelled the majority of their tour simply to "recharge their batteries".
The band initially dropped 31 tour dates from their website with no explanation, and reports at the time quoted an insider as saying: "They hate each other. The band is arguing like mad."
Three days later, frontman David Lee Roth posted a video
to reassure fans that the dates would be rescheduled, and to say the band are "getting along better than ever
Now comments from the former bassist, who now plays for Chickenfoot, add weight to theories that Roth's video was simply an exercise in public relations. Ironically, the video was titled "Public Relations".
"To me it sounds kinda interesting," Anthony told American Rock Scene. "If you say you’re tired and you want to recharge your batteries you don’t put 30 shows on sale."
Anthony speculates that it took three days for the band to put out an explanation because it took that long to come up with a story.
Whether there is drama in the Van Halen camp or not, Anthony says it pales in comparison to the Black Sabbath soap opera that has played out in front of fans this year. "I’ve read three different sides of that story. Ours wasn’t as much drama as this."
He continued: "There was some [Van Halen] drama in the 2004 tour, which I don’t care to get into. The reason I did it was, I didn’t need the money or anything to do it. It was going to be the last Van Halen tour – and for me it was the last Van Halen tour.
"There’s still drama surrounding the band, I guess."
Anthony says he'd be open to joining Van Halen again, but recognises that Eddie Van Halen's son takes his place in the current lineup. "I was always the never-say-never guy, but I don’t really think about it any more. If it’s going to happen it’s going to happen."
What do you think about the Van Halen cancellations? Is it enough for the band to say they've been postponed due to exhaustion, or is something else happening behind the scenes? Share your theories in the comments.