David Lee Roth’s ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile’ Band Is Reuniting for One Night Only (Without David Lee Roth)
But there are a couple of important caveats. Guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette are reuniting for one night only — a special free show, Nov. 25 at Lucky Strike Live Hollywood/Highland in Los Angeles — and instead of backing up Roth, they’ll be playing with Steel Panther vocalist Ralph Saenz. Still, even if it won’t be quite the same as seeing the band play with Diamond Dave, the event promises to assemble an unfair amount of talent on a single stage.
The show comes courtesy of Ultimate Jam Night, a weekly show co-founded by former Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright whose house band features veterans of Mr. Big and the Edgar Winter Group. Billed as a 30th anniversary tribute to Vai, Sheehan and Bissonette’s work on Eat ‘Em and Smile, the concert promises to “re-create” performances from the album and tour.
As Roth fans are sadly aware, the Eat ‘Em and Smile band started its slow dissolution almost as quickly as it came together — something that Vai suggested he saw coming during a 2012 interview with Examiner.com. “Dave got the best musicians he could, who he thought was the best. And I thought it was a hell of a band,” he recalled. “It was one of my favorite times in my whole musical career, because we were rock stars, you know? And touring with somebody like Dave, you can’t even imagine what it was like. It was just glorious, man. And I knew it was fleeting, and I knew it was something that I wasn’t going to be doing my whole life, because my brand of music in my own head is very different.”
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