Billy Sheehan Says ‘Panic Ensued’ When David Lee Roth Joined ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile’ Band Reunion
Billy Sheehan says David Lee Roth's Eat 'Em and Smile-era band wants to attempt another reunion show – and maybe a tour. He's also offering new details about what they had on tap for the original Nov. 25 date, before it was abruptly canceled by fire marshals because of overcrowding concerns at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood.
"We hope to do it," Sheehan says of a second attempt at reuniting. "We don't know if it will be just for one show. Maybe do – who knows? Rock In Rio, or do 10 shows somewhere. And hoping to do it is not the same as planning to do it. We really hope it happens, and Dave was into it. He was great. We had a great time. It was just like the old days."
Originally conceived as a chance for Sheehan, guitarist Steve Vai and drummer Gregg Bissonette to recognize the 30th anniversary of Eat 'Em and Smile, they'd already announced that Ralph Saenz of Steel Panther fame would serve as frontman. Then, "five to seven days" before the show, Sheehan says they learned Roth wanted to participate. They agreed to play two songs, "Yankee Rose" and "Shyboy," with the once-and-future Van Halen frontman. Once word leaked out, however, "all panic ensued," Sheehan adds.
"I had my bass out and was ready to go," Sheehan says in the same conversation with Eddie Trunk (via Blabbermouth), "and the fire marshal showed up and said, 'We're shutting it down.'Already the place was overcrowded. There was about – they told me 2,000 [fans]. I don't know if there was 2,000 in there or not, but it was just crazy. So, I don't think it was the wrong thing for the fire marshal to shut it down."
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