Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony reunited with ex-Van Halen singer Gary Cherone in Boston at a Sammy Hagar and the Circle show earlier this week. They covered Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”
Sammy Hagar wrote on Instagram, “Gary Cherone and Pat from extreme came down to the show in Boston tonight jammed and showed some local love #boston #thankyou #bruins #thecircle #fullcirclejamtour #VanHalenAlumni #backstage.”
Michael Anthony wrote, “Thank you Boston for a great show tonight!! Great to see my brothers Gary and Pat, love you guys!!! #bostonrocks #garymyvhbrother #thecircleisrockin #spacebetween #garycherone #patbadger #sammyhagar #jasonbonham #”
Hagar also recently wrote, “The circle wants to say thank you for the Redhead support on this 90% sold out full circle jam tour. we are having a blast every night! #thankyou #reno #concord #fresno #bakersfield #albuquerque #laughlin #sugarlandtx #austin #oklahoma #tulsa #St.Louis #ohio #Detroit #indianapolis #minneapolis #philadelphia #moretocome #dontforgettoredeemyournewcd #TheCircleFansRule.”
Hagar discussed the Van Halen album 5150 in a new Rock Candy magazine interview, and he discussed how it elevated the band commercially.
“I was very confident in myself,” Hagar explains to Rock Candy about replacing David Lee Roth. “Eddie Van Halen would say, ‘Can you hit this note?’ I’d hit it and everybody would go, ‘Wow!’ What I did was inspire Eddie to go, ‘Oh, I can do this and I can do that. I’ve got this musical idea that I would never show Roth. But with Sammy, I can play it.'”
Hagar believes that the chemistry between himself and Eddie created “a more sophisticated style of music and songwriting. Before that it was all rock ‘n’ roll, great party songs. They were writing songs — and me too — about sex, but on ‘5150’, they became love songs.
And that brought a real female following to Van Halen that they didn’t have before. They had groupies, metal chicks, but they didn’t have couples, they didn’t have girls who were wholesome all-American girls. So these songs, ‘Love Walks In’, ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’, made our audience a little bigger and a little more mainstream.”