Michael Anthony confirms he was approached about Van Halen tribute tour

Michael Anthony performs on stage with Sammy Hagar and The Circle during iHeartRadio ICONS at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 08, 2019 in Burbank, California
(Image credit: Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Last month, the rock world was sent into a frenzy when former Metallica bass guitar player Jason Newsted revealed in an interview with the Palm Beach Post that he had been approached by Alex Van Halen and Joe Satriani to join some kind of Van Halen-related tour.

Days later, Satriani confirmed that the idea was real, and that David Lee Roth was also involved in discussions for the tour – which Satriani said would be "a true tribute to Eddie [Van Halen] and the Van Halen legacy."

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.