Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Van Halen still divided into two camps?

Despite the years apart, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony remains interested in what his old band is up to.

The latest rumor – pretty much confirmed by the Grammy folks themselves in order to drum up interest in their product – is that VH will appear on the Grammy Nominations Concert on November 30 for "a special, live announcement from an iconic group regarding their historic band reunion set to take place" on the Grammy stage on February 12, 2012.”

They followed that tease up with the most obvious tweet in history, saying, "Who do u predict the reuniting band will be @ #GRAMMYnoms? Does this hint make u wanna 'Jump' & 'Dance the Night Away'?"

So...VH will appear on this month’s Grammy special to announce that they’ll be on the actual Grammys next February.

VH1 Radio Network hooked up with Anthony – now a member of Chickenfoot along with another ex-VH guy, Sammy Hagar – and asked for his reaction to the latest rumors.

"At this point, I mean, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested," responded Michael. "I'm interested to hear what their new album will sound like when it comes out."

Always the affable one, Anthony has been consistent in this message for some time.

Chickenfoot drummer Kenny Aronoff added some context to the discussion by sharing info he heard about the creation of the VH album, their first with David Lee Roth since 1984, the title and year.

“I was in the studio when they were recording, I mean… I know my buddy who started producing it, John Shanks, and then I know the guy who was mixing it, Ross Hogarth, and I was hearing all kinds of stories,” said Kenny.

"They played one song for me and it was good, but the thing I was hearing was stuff like, you know, it's the whole… I just heard the classic stories, my buddy finally was told to leave, the producer, and he heard about how people would get fired and he was like, 'It happened to me, too!'" explained Kenny. "And then the engineer would deliver the mixes. There was the David Lee Roth camp and there was the brothers' camp."

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