Michael Anthony hasn’t played bass in Van Halen since he exited the group in 2006. He got the opportunity to revisit his past on Friday, February 26, when he played bass and sang backup on a few of the group’s songs with Warrant lead singer Robert Mason.
The occasion was a first-anniversary party for Los Angeles radio personality Mark Thompson’s program, Mark in the Morning. The show was held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, and also featured Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting and actor Kevin Pollack.
The treat, though, was watching Anthony cut loose on “Panama,” “I’m the One” and the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” which Van Halen covered on their debut album. You can watch the performances below.
Anthony is currently in the Circle, with Sammy Hagar (whom he performed with in Van Halen and Chickenfoot), bassist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham. Hagar has himself been in Van Halen-related news lately since tweeting Eddie Van Halen birthday greetings in January, marking the possibility of a thaw in their relationship since they parted ways in 2005. Hagar has said a reunion is not in the works, but noted, “We’ll see what happens when it happens—if it happens.”