Despite rampant rumors to the contrary, VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has not left the group to focus on PLANET US, the project he formed with former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar, JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon, and JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo.

"There's a rumor floating around over on the VH1 message boards that I've left VAN HALEN and that rumor has picked up some steam, so I thought I should put it to rest before it goes any further," Anthony writes on his official web site.

"I haven't met with any lawyers and I haven't quit VAN HALEN. I'm still the bass player for the baddest rock and roll band on the planet and have always been!

"I had a great time out on the road with my buddy Sammy and we've got some
cool ideas planned for our PLANET US side project, but VAN HALEN is always my number one priority."


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