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