30TH ANNIVERSARY OF DAVID LEE ROTH’S “EAT’ EM AND SMILE” SEMI REUNION SHOW SHUT DOWN BY THE FIRE MARSHALL, ROTH IN ATTENDANCE
Did a fire code violation just keep a whole lot of Los Angeles fans from witnessing a full-blown reunion of David Lee Roth‘s Eat ‘Em and Smile band, complete with an appearance from Diamond Dave himself? It sure seems possible.
As previously reported three-fourths of the group – guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette – were scheduled to play November 25th at Lucky Strike Live Hollywood/Highland in Los Angeles, with Steel Panther’s Ralph Saenz on lead vocals. The show was part of former Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright’s Ultimate Jam Night series, and was intended to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Roth’s first solo album.
Only problem is, apparently entirely too many people thought this would be the perfect way to spend the night before Thanksgiving. As you can tell by reading Sheehan’s Facebook posts, the line outside the venue quickly grew too long to control, with the situation descending into “utter chaos.” Eventually, the Fire Marshall was forced to shut down the show before the band ever got the chance to take the stage.
Sheehan lamented the cancellation on his Faceboo before revealing, “Well well well. The fire department shut down the whole show before we got on stage. And did we ever have a surprise for you! Such is life.”
Also, there was a video of David Lee Roth leaving the venue, telling fans, “It looks like we were too popular.” That’s “we,” not “they.” Is it possible he was going to join his former bandmates for some portion of the show?
additional source: ultimateclassicrock.com
With the turnout I would most certainly think they will try it again and this time it`ll be at a bigger and better venue. I wonder how the Dave showing came about because from what I read it seems it was a bit of a surprise to the band. Did they ask him at one point if he wanted to do it and got no response or did he hear about it and just show up? Either way woulda been a cool show and hopefully they try again and possibly do a few shows with one being in the bay area somewhwere,lol. I saw the eatem and smile tour back in the day at the cow palace in san fran and to this day still one of my favorite shows.
I saw this band on tour for this record at the Brendan Byrne Arena. I paid 19 bucks for floor seats and i left there thinking I ripped them off. What a tremendous, entertaining show. I enjoyed it very much.
Would have been great to see this happen. DLR’s Eat Em’ and Smile needs the deluxe reissue treatment big time. One more thing and I mean this in the nicest possible way Eddie:
“GIMME A BOTTLE OF ANYTHING AND A JELLY DONUT, TO GO!” Recently, I said that to a teenage kid working behind the counter at Shipleys Donuts, thinking it’d be funny, and she just looked at me and said “Huh!”. Then I thought to myself “Oh, my God! I am so old!” She had no idea what I was referring to. So my brother, who was there with me, told me to explain myself. So I told the girl I was imitating a bit from the video for David Lee Roth’s song “Yankee Rose” and she said something that crushed me and really made me realize how old I am…She said “Who’s David Lee Roth?”
Maybe she didn’t get the joke because I asked for the wrong donut! I just watched the video for the first time in years and forgot it’s supposed to be a glazed donut. We all can’t be great comedians like Elliot.
That post is a true story, though. My dumbass brother obviously didn’t know I did the bit wrong either. I just called him and told him and his response was “IT’S 3 O’CLOCK IN THE F***IN’ MORNING, YOU PSYCHO!” and he hung up on me. I can’t believe he did that. My own brother.
james k., thank you for spelling my name correctly.
Funniest video ever, and tied with The Prodigy’s Smack My B-tch Up, as my favorite video of all time.