Van Halen's David Lee Roth Wants Michael Anthony Back In The Band
Van Halen frontman complains about the bassist Michael Anthony not being a part of the reunion, talks about the band's current state and more.
Posted on Feb 13, 2013 01:02 pm
It seems that the suspense is still on within the Van Halen ranks. In a recent interview with the Rolling Stone, frontman David Lee Roth has talked about the group's current state, and there are definitely some conflicts going on there.
The singer was brutally honest by saying that Eddie Van Halen and himself 'haven't written a new song in 20 years.' Roth has also expressed his disappointment about the band not working and communicating enough.
"Almost all of the music that you hear on our most recent album was written and demoed before the first album. And I would certainly look forward to writing a whole list of songs with Ed, but we haven't found the time to do that [laughs]. I'm not sure whats in Eds mind at this point", the vocalist tells Rolling Stone.
"I'm gonna guess that his plans are to write with his son, and I'm not sure where that actually leads. Truth be told, Edward and I havent written a new song in 20 years."
Later on in the interview, Roth even went far enough to call for a reunion with the group's original bassist Michael Anthony, praising his vocal abilities.
"Ed has his own vision, I'm assuming. We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band", the singer said after talking about his latest "Jump" remix.
"And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys."
"So I would always look forward to that reunion, and I would always look forward to writing a whole variety of material. I've offered the fellows, come on out here to the land of the gods. And if you don't want to make it that far we'll make it halfway".
The bass guitar duties in Van Halen are currently handled by Eddie's son Wolfgang, and it was that very chance of playing in a group with his own son that drew the guitar icon towards band reunion in the first place. On the other side, Michael Anthony is currently a member of Chickenfoot alongside second Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
It's as dramatic as always with Van Halen, but what do you think about the whole situation? Would you like to see the original lineup back on stage or do you think they're better off with young Wolfgang? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.