Unreleased Van Halen Music to be Released in the Future, Says Former Bassist


It’s been almost three years since the world lost guitarist Eddie Van Halen, but his memory lives on. Not only with the music he helped pen throughout his career, but in his son Wolfgang taking to the stage as the frontman of Mammoth WVH, which is currently on tour with Metallica. But according to a recent interview with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, the world may get previously unreleased Van Halen works in the future.

While sitting down for an interview with Sirius XM’s Eddie Trunk, Anthony revealed that there was some “movement” in getting those unreleased tracks out in the wild. At the moment, he said Van Halen picked Donn Landee, a record producer and engineer who worked with the band back in the day.

“There is movement, and we’re digging back in the stuff. Obviously there’s a lot more stuff that’s at Ed’s 5150 Studio. … A lot of that stuff, Wolfie and Alex [Van Halen] will start going through there, seeing what there is. There’s a ton of stuff.”

Given the fact that Van Halen has very distinct eras in its discography depending on who’s fronting the band, Anthony said they’ve committed to focusing on the ‘Van Hagar’ years first.

“We’re starting a bunch of the reissue stuff with the Sammy years, with all his albums, and the first one that will come out will be the Right Here, Right Now live album that we did in 1992.” He noted that he wasn’t allowed to discuss much more than the details already revealed, but hinted that “hopefully we’ll be following up, doing Roth stuff, too. Who knows?”

Later on in the interview, Anthony was asked about his level of involvement in the Van Halen Archives project, to which he said he’s not so involved at the moment, but will be when the time is right.

“Right now I’m just hearing about it as they’re announcing it, but there’s a plan of what we’re going to do, and I’m obviously going to be vocal about it. … I would like to kind of have a hand in there, even if it’s just sonically [over] what Donn’s doing.”

You can check out the full interview in the clip below.

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