On an episode of his SiriusXM show this week, metal music authority Eddie Trunk said that he heard a tour and shows for Van Halen featuring the band’s original lineup of David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Michael Anthony had been in the works for 2019 – only to have been pushed back possibly due to undisclosed illness and that he was not going to elaborate further in regards to the matter on air.
Alternative Nation transcribed Trunk’s comments below:
Trunk: I did hear that there was a tour and shows being talked about for this year. However, they were put off until next year and I heard some rumors about why, which I’m not gonna say on the air because I certainly hope they’re not true. It had to do with illness and I just don’t know what’s real and what’s not. You never do know in that camp because they are so stingy with information, but most importantly you hope everybody is healthy, well and at one point Van Halen will indeed do something.
Trunk: Yet, there was talk and there was certainly something to the talk by every indication that I’ve been able to find out about them going out and doing shows this Summer. That’s all been put off at least until sometime next year from what my sources are telling me.
In related news, Van Halen icons Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar were interviewed by SiriusXM host Eddie Trunk recently. During the interview, Trunk pressed Anthony about an original lineup Van Halen reunion, and if Hagar would be invited to a show. Alternative Nation transcribed Anthony and Hagar’s comment’s below, as well as the comments of Eddie Trunk.
Trunk: Okay, I got one thing from me before I promised the audience a couple of questions. Michael (Anthony), you already put out a whole statement about the whole Van Halen thing, there’s nothing happening right? At least as of this year?
Anthony: At this point, yes, there is nothing happening.
Trunk: So you are clear and locked in with Sammy (Hagar) and clear sailing.
Anthony: Oh we are locked in anyway! Sammy was gracious enough to part the waves here if something were to happen.
Trunk: Which he said on my show, yeah.
Hagar: I’d go straight to Cabo, put my feet in the sand until Mikey’s done and we’d go back to work.
Trunk: Do you get a ticket to go to the show Sammy?
Hagar: Oh I’d go see it, yeah.
Anthony: I’d get him in backstage! I’d get him in backstage.
Hagar: First of all, there ain’t no show, let’s get that straight.
Trunk: That’s the problem, we need a show Michael, we need a show. Can’t you go walk up the street to the brothers and get to say:
“Let’s do a show!”
Trunk: Let’s all do a march up there, including Sammy, we all will go walk up there right now. Right from the Rainbow we’ll walk up the street.
Crowd member: Let’s do it!
Trunk: Michael won’t even put the microphone to his mouth right now, look at him.
Anthony: You’d be pounding on a door, you’d be pounding on a door.