Ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony was asked in a new interview with American Rock Scene if he believed that his former band postponed 31 summer tour dates due to simple exhaustion, as officially announced. Anthony replied, "I've got my own theories on it. To me, it just sounds kind of interesting that if you're saying you're tired, or whatever, you wanna recharge your batteries, you don't go and put 30 shows on sale. If I were a fan, I'd be saying, 'Well, then why do you go and put 30 shows on sale?' If I were a fan, I'd be going, 'Wow, that just seems kind of odd.' (But) I wish them well. They put out a great album and they are a great live band, always have been. I heard that (Eddie Van Halen's) been sober, and that's great."
- Van Halen, which has been touring since February behind its new album A Different Kind Of Truth, abruptly announced last week that it was postponing shows from July to September.
- Despite rumors of poor ticket sales, illness and internal turmoil, singer David Lee Roth posted a video message online over the weekend, saying that "the band is getting along famously," but admitting that exhaustion was setting in.
- Michael Anthony was not asked to participate in the group's reunion with Roth, which started with a world tour in 2007.
- Anthony's last trek with the group was in 2004, when it reunited with Roth's successor Sammy Hagar for a brief period. He and Hagar now play together in Chickenfoot.
- Asked if he would ever consider playing with Van Halen again, Anthony said, "As time goes on now, less and less . . . I mean, Ed's got his son (Wolfgang) up there with him now. I don't know. I really couldn't say. The circumstances would really have to be right. I was always the 'never-say-never' guy in the band. But as time goes on, I don't think about it, really, anymore. If it's gonna happen, it'll happen."