SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 15: Michael Anthony of Chickenfoot and Van Halen performs at the 5th Annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure, a concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at The Fillmore on May 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage).
It’s the way things go. Once somebody has passed away, you’ve lost your chance to make amends. Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is feeling it right now, as he recently admitted in an interview that he hadn’t spoken with Eddie Van Halen in years. “It kind of bothers me because we had some issues that were never resolved,” said Anthony. “But what can you do? It was on the track of a reunion, which I’m really sad that it never happened. But life … the show goes on.” Anthony also explained that everyone knew Eddie was sick, but still felt the shock when he died in October.
The two band members had not been on good terms for years, although there had been some discussion about a potential “kitchen sink tour” that would have included almost everyone from Van Halen’s past, like Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony. You can listen to the full interview here.