Sammy Hagar has had some choice words about his former band mate Eddie Van Halen in recent months, most of which was in defense of ousted bassist Michael Anthony. But now that there's talk of Anthony returning to the veteran rock act, Hagar has nothing but supportive words for his musical peer. "Mike totally has my blessing," the singer-guitarist says. "For the fans, he needs to do it. He is the missing element right now, if you want my opinion. Without Mike, it just doesn't seem quite the same." That's not to say a reunion is definitely in the works. Hagar says six months ago, Anthony received a call from Van Halen's management to gauge his interest in returning. Anthony said yes, but "'I'm doing a record with Sammy right now, we're booking shows, so you know you'd have to work around it.' And they said, 'OK, we'll get back to you.' And that was it."
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