Sacked bassist still excited about hearing new material from Eddie and co – and he’d even support former band on tour

Michael Anthony

Looking forward not back: Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony says he’s excited about a new Van Halen album coming out – even though he was sacked from the band in the most acrimonious terms possible.

The bassist hasn’t spoken to anyone in the VH camp since his dismissal in 2005, which followed a year in which he’d been forced to sign away all rights over the band he helped form. He was replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s teenage son Wolfgang, and at one point was airbrushed out of all the band’s album covers on their official website.

But Anthony insists he still wants to hear what Van Halen do next – and he’d even be happy for his current outfit, Chickenfoot, to support them on tour.

He tells ABC News Radio: “I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to see what they do. And I’ve got no problem with opening for them either.”

All he’ll say about his sacking is: “The last tour I did with them did not end as harmoniously as we would have liked. It probably should have gone on longer than it did.”

Chickenfoot are currently recording their second album while looking for a tour drummer to replace Chad Smith, who has previous commitments with day-job band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Rumours are rife that Van Halen are about to announce their first tour dates outside the US since reuniting with David Lee Roth in 2006. Their manager Irving Azoff, who’s also head of Live Nation, mentioned the possibility during a business meeting last year, but at the time the band were still not confirming they’d begun work on new music.

Meanwhile, Eddie Van Halen’s Frank 2 guitar will become part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It’s one of a small number of replicas built in 2006 after the axeman retired the original Frankenstrat guitar he’d hand-built 30 years earlier. A museum spokesman says: “The guitar reflects innovation, talent and influence, and moves the museum’s collection into more contemporary history.”

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