News Archive - 2016
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes and his wife have new reality TV show
After an infamous appearance in the documentary The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years, which was eventually released on video, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes along with his wife Sarah Holmes will be appearing in a reality television show called Holmes Sweet Holmes.
The trailer below states (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx) in part:
“It has been 15 years since we’ve last heard from him. He once ruled the ’80s hard rock scene. Coming from the gutters of Los Angeles and making it to the biggest stadiums all around the world, A wild life made up of decibels, parties, excess, booze, booze and more booze. Chris Holmes, the mean man, the animal, is back and ready to roar. Life hasn’t always been fair with Chris but he enjoys at last a gentle and quiet life with the love of his life Sarah. [Sarah Holmes states] “Il y en a qui m’appelle Sarah. Il y en a qui m’appelle Cathy. Et lui, il m’appelle ‘Cupcake.’ [translation: Some call me Sarah. Some call me Cathy. And he calls me ‘Cupcake.’] Witness the tremendous life of two rockers and lovers. Welcome to their Holmes Sweet Holmes. [Chris Holmes states] ‘I moved to Cannes — not trash can — Cannes, south of France.’ From the Sunset Strip to Western Europe. [Chris Holmes states] ‘We’re right here.’ There is never a dull moment with Chris and Sarah. Follow them day after day through their not so ordinary life.
And join Chris as he is ready to take over the world again with the help of new musicians. [Chris Holmes states] ‘Douchebag Tom — he plays lead guitar for me, right. Pascal — the king of meat. I call him the Big Kahuna. He’s cheap. Back on the drums, his name is Fucker. He’s er. He’s from Italy. The Italian Stallion — he’s the Mussolini of rock n’ roll.’ Managed by Sarah, they are preparing to tear down the crowds of Europe and water them down with decibels. Yet, things are far from easy when life is full of obstacles. With no resources or money, or simply because people find you different, Holmes Sweet Holmes is a tale of love and perseverance. [Chris Holmes states] ‘Fuck you. Fuck off.’ And the story of two true believers in their own way… [Chris Holmes states] ‘I’d rather be broke and happy than rich and sad.'”
Holmes Sweet Holmes trailer:
© 2016 Les Improductibles / Chris Holmes Official
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Holmes‘ latest solo album CHP, which was released back in late March 2016: “Before I give out what will be one negative album review, I want to make a point that Chris Holmes has played guitar on some of my favorite albums of all-time. W.A.S.P.‘s self-titled debut album, The Last Command and The Headless Children are simply absolutely brilliant albums that I still really enjoy more than 25 to 30 years later. W.A.S.P.‘s Inside The Electric Circus is in my eyes a very underrated album and contains some amazing tracks. Holmes was a part of all four of those albums and for that reason alone, I will always be interested to hear whatever he comes up hoping that the “magic” will come back one more time. I have to think that it’s on the strength of those albums and some of the other subsequent W.A.S.P. albums that Holmes was a part of that the giant of a man has a record label behind him and still a lot of interest despite the mostly mediocre songs that he has come up with on his own.”
Sleaze Roxx concluded its review by stating: “Even though Holmes has delivered for the most part, one awful and at times unlistenable (mostly due to his “vocals”) album, or “the best of” from two presumably and likely awful albums, I would still go see him play live hoping to hear a few W.A.S.P. classics and because after all, it’s Chris “Fucking” Holmes.”
Chris Holmes‘ “Get With It” video:
Chris Holmes – Get With It Official Music Video from the album “Shitting Bricks” Directed by Laurent Hart Camera Operators: Laurent Hart, Antoine de Montremy Coordination: Chris Chevalier Horseman Editing, Visual Effects: Laurent Hart M & O Music (Label+Promotion) France-UK-Japan Phone : +33/(0)663378449 firstname.lastname@example.org www.m-o-music.com Catherine Holmes Management email@example.com © 2015 Chris Holmes Official / Les Improductibles.
News Archive - 2016
Alessandro Del Vecchio releases lyric video for “Strange World”
Hardline keyboardist and renowned producer Alessandro Del Vecchio has released a lyric video for his song “Strange World” which is one of twelve tracks on the Tanzan Music released We Still Rock – The Compilation.
Tanzan Music‘s press release states (with slight edits):
“This song is included in “We Still Rock – The Compilation“, which features the best bands of Italian Melodic Rock scene plus a very special guest, the acclaimed British rockers Vega.
Tanzan Music, in collaboration with Melodicrock.it, is proud to announce the release of “We Still Rock – The Compilation“.
Less than one year from the release in digital format via Tanzan Music of the I.F.O.R. project with the single “We Still Rock”, the italian melodic rock and AOR scene comes back with a great compilation of unreleased tracks finally available in cd format, a true and unquestionable collectors’ item for all the fans of today’s melodic rock sound with roots in the classic style of the golden era of the genre.
“We Still Rock – The Compilation” is a collection of unreleased and re-visited tunes coming from some of the most renowned artists of the italian melodic rock scene, conceived by an idea of the No. 1 website for this kind of music in Italy (Melodicrock.it), and born in support of “A Melodic Rock Night”, the cool mini-festival scheduled in Padova on October 1, 2016 at the Grindhouse Club.
Very special guests for the compilation the acclaimed british based melodic rockers Vega, real headliners of this one-off italian show from their “Who We Are” European Tour 2016.”
Track List for We Still Rock – The Compilation:
01. I.F.O.R. – We Still Rock
02. Vega – Every Little Monster (Acoustic Version)
03. Laneslide – Together As One
04. Wheels Of Fire – Love Nest (Acoustic Version)
05. Alessandro Del Vecchio – Strange World
06. Charming Grace – Gotta Get Away
07. Danger Zone – Walk Away (2016 Version)
08. Room Experience – No Time Yet For A Lullaby (Alternative Vocals Version)
09. Soul Seller – Memories (Alternative Mix)
10. Hungryheart – Nothing But You (Acoustic Version)
11. Alchemy – Revolution
12. Highway Dream – Runaway
Alessandro Del Vecchio‘s “Strange World” lyric video:
Buy here: http://label.tanzanmusic.com/catalogue/various-artists/we-still-rock-the-compilation iTunes: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/it/album/id1155594814?at=1l3v9Tx&app=itunes Strange World is taken from “We Still Rock” compilation which include the best artists of Italian Melodic Rock scene. Very special guests for the compilation, the acclaimed british based melodic rockers Vega.
News Archive - 2016
Vivian Campbell states that his firing from Dio had been planned for some time
Current Def Leppard and Last In Line guitarist and former Dio axeman Vivian Campbell was recently interviewed by Rock Cellar Magazine and looked back to his time in Dio and his tumultuous relationship with the now deceased but formidable singer Ronnie James Dio.
The following are excerpts from the interview conducted by Rock Cellar Magazine:
Rock Cellar Magazine: You had a contentious relationship with Ronnie Dio. What drew you together and what pulled you apart?
Vivian Campbell: For me it was never easy, but it wasn’t always contentious. It was always a little bit difficult because of the respect I had for Ronnie. He was so much older than me and he was one of my heroes. The cassette that I had in my car that was on constant play was Black Sabbath’s Heaven & Hell album, which featured Ronnie on lead vocals. This was up until a couple of days before Jimmy Bain called me asking if I could fly to London the next day to audition with Ronnie.
So this was a guy, a hero of mine, and all of a sudden to go from listening to his records and a couple of days later you’re auditioning for him in London and then a few weeks after that you’re flying to L.A. to write a record with him (laughs), I was starstruck.
I was kind of dumbfounded and I was a little bit uncomfortable around him because of it, but it was my own thing. It wasn’t anything that Ronnie was putting out; it was my own issue and I’m very much aware of that and I own that but it kind of set the tone for what was an awkward kind of relationship. It was a bit like being in a band with your stepdad. Ronnie had that kind of protective feeling towards me. He knew that I was a green as the grass and I was fresh off the boat and in L.A. in the ‘80s and there were all sorts of things going on around me that he knew I had no experience of and I kind of did get the sense that he was wanting to protect me from some of it. So it was a weird kind of thing and a really weird relationship that he and I had. We didn’t talk a lot but we did have a very sympathetic musical understanding of each other. We kind of instinctively knew what each of us were looking for. He didn’t have to tell me a lot about what to play; I kind of instinctively found it and I think that’s what attracted Ronnie to my playing in the first place.
Rock Cellar Magazine: What did you draw from your experience working with Ronnie and how did you apply it toward your tenure with Def Leppard later on?
Vivian Campbell: Well, between Leppard there were a bunch of other projects. The Dio thing didn’t end well. A lot of people think I turned my back on that band and I left, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was fired in the middle of a tour, between the first leg of the American tour and the start of the European tour. I was replaced by Craig Goldy. It was a seamless transition and it had obviously been planned for some time. Craig was the guitar player for Rough Cutt, another one of Wendy Dio’s management projects.
It was very painful for me and it left a bad taste in my mouth and I actually turned my back not only on Dio and then work that I had done with Ronnie, but that kid of music in general. It left such a bad taste in my mouth and the way that it happened that I wanted nothing to do with that kind of music for years and years and years. In fact at the time I got together 27 years later with Vinny and Jimmy in the middle of 20011 and we started jamming, to that day I still didn’t own any Dio records.
I hadn’t listened to them and if they came on the radio I’d turn the radio off; such was the issue with me the way that it went down. Between being fired from Dio I went on to play for about 25 minutes with Whitesnake. It was a fun time and it also didn’t end well. I didn’t see a future for that band for me in the long term so it didn’t work out, but it was fun for the brief time it lasted. Then I went on to do a project with Lou Gramm and I did a record with a band called The River Dogs. So by the time Joe Elliot called me about joining Def Leppard I’d been around the block a couple of times so it was very easy for me to walk into Def Leppard for a couple of reasons.
Number one, I’d had the experience of being in and out of bands so I was used to walking into these situations and assimilating with these different groups of musicians and making it work. I’d also had a lot more experience in the studio and on tour as a singer and becoming more rounded as a musician, not just focused on being a guitar player. So it was certainly a lot easier for me to join Def Leppard than it was for the others to accept me — because for all the early years of Def Leppard’s career Steve Clark was an original member, and all of a sudden he was gone and they had to deal with someone else. So it was much much more difficult for Joe and Sav and Rick and Phil to get used to playing with me as it was for me to get used to playing with them.
Plus I was always a huge Def Leppard fan right from day one. Back when I was in Sweet Savage we looked up to Def Leppard. They were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement as we were, even though Joe will deny it (laughs). We in Sweet Savage looked up to Def Leppard because they went out and initially did it on their own. They released their own independent single, they managed to get it to John Peel and it got played on Radio One and they managed to get an interview with the music publication, Sounds with Geoff Barton.
All these things started to happen for them so they were much kind of a home grown thing and had a kind of D.I.Y approach to making it and personally I was very inspired by that. Not only was I a fan of the music, but I was very very much watching there gradual ascent through the music business and the way that they were just clawing at it and making it happen and creating their own opportunities.
You can read the rest of the interview at Rock Cellar Magazine.
Former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy was interviewed by Sleaze Roxx back in September 2016 and stated the following about Campbell’s attitude towards Ronnie James Dio: “Anyway, getting back to the Vivian thing. I wish he’d just say “I’m sorry.” Maybe something happened behind closed doors that Vivian finds ‘unforgivable?’ I just find that just so hard to believe. I don’t know what happened between the two of them but maybe he stepped over some boundaries and ‘felt the heat?’ He got called on it and was let go.”
News Archive - 2016
Fun facts about Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” video
The Van Halen News Desk has published an article entitled “Hot For Teacher” Anniversary & Fun Facts!
Among the fun facts noted in the article are:
The ending of this song comes from a demo song from the band’s club days, entitled “Voodoo Queen.”
An Oakland University student was suspended after writing an essay titled ‘Hot for Teacher.’ He later sued the school for 2.2 million. Full Story
The choreographed dancing scene featuring the band in maroon wedding style tuxedos was reportedly dubbed “Dave and the Pips” by the members of Van Halen.
There’s not one, but TWO models who play the teacher in the video. One was Donna Rupert (first runner-up in the 1981 Miss Canada pageant), and also Norwegian model, Lillian Muller. (Many websites list Wayne Gretzky’s wife, Janet Jones, as playing the teacher, but that’s untrue).
In one classroom scene where the teacher is dancing on the desk, a black board is featured with the numbers “20-9-8-19-25-12-15-8”. Each of these numbers corresponds to a letter of the alphabet. If you read the encoded word from right to left, you’ll notice it spells “HOLY SHIT.” This is the only known instance of such “hidden” gimmicks in a Van Halen video.
Tipper Gore, wife of then-Sen. Al Gore, was shocked by the ‘Hot for Teacher’ video. “The images frightened my children,” she said. “They frightened me!” By May 1985, Gore would form the Parents Music Resource Center, which lobbied the recording industry to create a ratings system apprising buyers of explicit content. But when the PMRC released its list of the “Filthy Fifteen,” it included songs by Madonna, AC/DC and Sheena Easton, but not Van Halen.
You can read the rest of the article “Hot For Teacher” Anniversary & Fun Facts! at the Van Halen News Desk.
Van Halen‘s “Hot For Teacher” video:
Watch the official music video for “Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen
News Archive - 2016
Australian rockers Guzzler release self-titled album via Bad Reputation Records
Aussie rockers Guzzler have released their self-titled album to the world after first releasing under a different cover in Australia.
“Guzzler, a 4 piece hard rock outfit from Melbourne’s south-east have carved a name for themselves as Melbourne’s Quintessential Pub Rock band, combining crunching guitar riffs with solid back beats & tongue in cheek lyrics.
The band entered the studio in 2006 to lay down their high energy rock on disc & walked away with the Burning Fire demo which led to numerous gigs. The band quickly capitalized on this & decided to record the follow up EP, “Sex, Rock & Booze” which summed up what the band was all about. Recorded in just 3 days, it showed how tight the band had become due to their excessive live schedule.
Consequently, the release spewed forth more shows with some of Australia’s biggest rock acts beginning with a double header with Noiseworks & the Choirboys. 3 gigs with Rose Tattoo & a 4th with the Angels followed. Just when the band looked like they were ready to take the next big step internal differences came to a head & the band decided to call it a day.
Almost 4 years went by before guitarist Matt Reaby contacted the original members to see if they wanted to reunite. Only drummer Steve Blood was interested bringing along his son, Haydz Blood who had been a long time follower & fan of the band as bass player. After extensive auditions it was decided that James Davies was to be the new Guzzler singer & front man. James came from a similar musical background to the rest of the guys & fit straight in.
Now complete, the band were honoured to be asked to support the Angels on one of their 40th anniversary dates at Melbourne’s Chelsea Heights Hotel in front of a packed audience. After the show they entered Complex Studio’s & started writing, rehearsing & recording material for a full length album. The result was the blistering self-titled “Guzzler”, released in January 2015…”
Track List for Guzzler:
01. The Drinks Are On Me
02. Kiss Me, Kill Me
03. Jekyll & Hyde
04. Step Up
05. Pub Crawl
06. Orgasm in « A »
07. Rock ‘N’ Roll
08. Head on a Stick
09. You’re All Insane
10. Burning Fire
11. Right Hand Man
12. Gas, Ass or Grass
14. Bring it on
Guzzler‘s “Kiss Me, Kill Me” song:
another hard rockin’ track by Australia’s own GUZZLER. **warning, video may contain images that cause debate**
News Archive - 2016
Captain Black Beard part ways with singer yet announce tour
Swedish rockers Captain Black Beard have parted ways with their singer Sakaria Björklund but have secured a small tour of Finland supporting former Europe guitarist Kee Marcello.
The group’s announcement via its Facebook page states:
“CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD part ways with singer and announce tour!
Captain Black Beard and singer Sakaria Björklund have mutually decided to part ways. Saki has recently become a father and obviously needs to make that his number one priority. With Saki‘s blessing the band will continue and try to find a replacement.
If you or anyone you know is up for the task, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We do have some cool tour dates coming up with former Europe & Easy Action guitarist Kee Marcello, who just released his solo album “Scaling Up” and with Sator, who will perform their hit album “Headquake“. On these dates we’ve enlisted two great substitute singers! From the band Reach (and known from the TV show “Idol”); Ludvig Turner and from Mother Kasabian; Gidon Tannenbaum.
Can’t wait to get out there and play! There might even be a new song in the set list…
2016 “It’s A Mouthful” TOUR DATES:
Supporting Kee Marcello (w. Gidon Tannenbaum):
November 2nd @ Henry’s Pub – Kuopio, Finland
November 3rd @ On the Rocks – Helsinki, Finland
November 4th @ T.B.A. – Tampere, Finland
November 5th @ WS Areena – Vaasa, Finland
Supporting Sator: (w. Ludvig Turner)
November 12th @ Pustervik – Göteborg, Sweden
Rock on & see you on tour!
/ Captain Black Beard“
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Captain Black Beard‘s last studio album: “It’s A Mouthful is Captain Black Beard’s third album, so they clearly have a following in and around the clubs of Stockholm. The Swedish band has had some success as well touring the European festival circuit and venues from Scandinavia to the UK. I don’t like to give bands negative reviews for many reasons, but mostly because they work their asses off to be the best they can be. And good for them. Bands don’t need some reviewer to undermine them. With that caveat out of the way, I am free to say that I’m less than impressed with Captain Black Beard. The music is bland and superficial, and on the poppy side of hard rock.”
It’s A Mouthful can be purchased via Perris Records.
News Archive - 2016
Poison’s debut album to be released as limited vinyl edition
The 30th year anniversary of the release of glam rockers Poison‘s debut album Look What The Cat Dragged In is upon us and uDiscover Music US is releasing it in a limited vinyl edition.
“Only 1000 made. Exclusive! only through uDiscover US.
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Poison‘s classic debut album Look What The Cat Dragged In with this exclusive limited edition picture LP pressing. The image is the classic album cover featuring band members Bret Michaels, Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall and C.C. DeVille. The LP is packaged in a heavy weight clear plastic sleeve.”
Track List for Side A:
01. Cry Tough
02. I Want Action
03. I Won’t Forget You
04. Play Dirty
05. Look What The Cat Dragged In
Track List for Side B:
06. Talk Dirty To Me
07. Want Some, Need Some
08. Blame It On You
09. #1 Bad Boy
10. Let Me Go To The Show
Poison‘s “Talk Dirty To Me” video:
Music video by Poison performing Talk Dirty To Me (2001 Digital Remaster).
News Archive - 2016
Lipstick release video for Japanese cover song “Cha La Head Cha La”
Nashville, Tennesse, USA based theatrical glam rockers Lipstick have released a video for their first single “Cha La Head Cha La” from their upcoming sophomore album Lipstick II.
Lipstick‘s press release states in part:
“…The theatrical rock band, Lipstick, have debuted their new music video for a song called “Cha La Head Cha La”. Originally a Japanese progressive rock song by Hironobu Kageyama, the song served as the theme song to the television show Dragonball Z. Lipstick have recorded a new version of the song for their upcoming album, “Lipstick II”. The stunning video features Lipstick in a live-action recreation of the style of Dragonball Z, complete with flying through the air, laser blasts, and people being punched through mountains….
“Lipstick II” is now available for pre-order on the band’s website, http://www.lipstickgeneration.com
“Lipstick II” features a wide array of guest musicians on the album, including Billy Morris (Warrant/Quiet Riot), Tom Pappas (Superdrag), Jace McLain (Nuclear Bubble Wrap), and the narrator of the English version of Dragonball Z, Kyle Hebert. The album is scheduled for release on January 25th.
ABOUT LIPSTICK: Lipstick is a theatrical rock band based in Nashville, TN. The band is a musical collective led by two core musicians, Greg Troyan (vocals) and Stephen Smith (bass) with a large number of backing musicians filling out the rest of the lineup. The band is known for epic stageshows driven by catchy, optimistic, hard rock.”
Lipstick‘s “Cha La Head Cha La” video:
Music video for the Lipstick song “Cha La Head Cha La” from the album “Lipstick II”. In this music video, Lipstick battles the living manifestation of Doubt. Will they succeed? Lipstick II will be released on January 25th, 2017 and is available for pre-order on http://www.lipstickgeneration.com Cha La Head Cha La is the original theme song for Dragonball Z.
Troyan and Smith were interviewed by Sleaze Roxx back in August 2015 during which they discussed the new songs that would be included on Lipstick II.
Troyan stated: There is a lot of exciting stuff on the new album. It’s starts off with — there are two really strong songs very early on. There is a song called “Fight Back” which was written at around the time of all the other songs on ‘Lipstick I.’ It was written around when I was 17. It is this anti-child abuse song that just has a really great groove to the riff. That is one that we are really excited about. It is going to be the first Lipstick song with a cover song. We have a song called “Cha La Head Cha La”.
That one is interesting. It’s a Japanese song that has been a hit, a top 40 single in Japan twice. It’s the Japanese theme song for a Japanese show called ‘Dragonball Z’ which Steve and I are big fans of. I would always pitch to the guitar players in bands that I was in. I was always like “We should cover “Cha La [Head Cha La]” and every guitar player thought that I was insane. They would never want to cover it. Then we finally found a guitarist that wanted to do it and when we did it, everyone thought that it was a Lipstick song. People thought that we wrote it because it sounded so much like our other material and it’s become a big part of our set where everyone wants to hear it at every show. It is one of our concert staples. People love it. And we have been doing the song for years and we do a great job of it so we decided that it was obvious to record. So that song is one that we are excited about because people love it, we do a great version of it, and it is a song that has been a proven hit in Japan multiple times so we are hoping that we will be the ones to make it a hit States side.
Like Quiet Riot doing “Cum On Feel The Noize” which was a hit all over the world except in America. And so we are like “Let’s take something that was a hit elsewhere and see if we can make it a hit here!”
News Archive - 2016
Frankie Banali thinks Quiet Riot singer turnover due to DuBrow being complete package
Quiet Riot recently announced that lead vocalist Jizzy Pearl was leaving the band at the end of the year and was going to be replaced by former Adler’s Appetite singer Seann Nicols starting in 2017.
Drummer Frankie Banali was recently interviewed by Eddie Trunk on the latter’s new radio show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106) and Blabbermouth reported on part of the interview including Banali‘s thoughts on why there has been so much turnover in singers since DuBrow‘s passing in 2017 and why Quiet Riot‘s last album 10 has been unavailable.
Nicols will be the group’s seventh lead vocalist after Kevin DuBrow (1975–1980, 1982-1987, 1990–2003, 2004–2007), Paul Shortino (1987–1989, 2002), Mark Huff (2010-2012), Keith St. John (2012), Scott Vokoun (2012–2013) and Jizzy Pearl (2013–2016). Nicols is the fifth lead vocalist since the passing of the band’s most recognized singer DuBrow on November 25, 2007.
The following are excerpts from Blabbermouth‘s article:
Banali also talked about QUIET RIOT‘s latest addition. He said: “His name is Seann Nicols, and he was with ADLER’S APPETITE a number of years ago. But he was off my radar because for the last, I think, two or three years, he had gone back to the university to get a degree in business, so he had been off the grid. And Alex Grossi [QUIET RIOT guitarist] told me that I should check him out, so I checked him out. And I sent him a non-disclosure agreement to sign, and we went ahead about seeing if it could work, if he could sing the catalog.”
He continued: “I think one of the reasons we’ve had such a turnover of singers is because Kevin [DuBrow, late QUIET RIOT singer] was the complete package in every sense of the word. But Seann is really, really good. And I ended up signing a deal with Frontiers Records to release a new album in 2017. And come to find out that Seann writes some great lyrics and great melodies. So all the material is written, the drum tracks are all cut, all the bass is done, we’re working on guitars now. All the vocals are all mapped out, ’cause we did ’em as demos. And we’re gonna go in and finish up the guitars next week and background vocals next week.”…
The Pearl-fronted QUIET RIOT recorded six new songs for an album called “10“, which was released digitally on iTunes and Amazon.com in June 2014, but Banali pulled the songs from both download stores shortly after putting the effort on sale and hasn’t made them available again. He later explained that his decision to remove “10” from iTunes and Amazon.com was motivated in part by the fact that he couldn’t find a record label that would properly promote the album. In addition, he said that the system that brought us classic rock music has been forever altered by the times and the promotional and marketing engine that is broken, no longer effectively exposing music from the labels through radio and to the masses.
You can read the rest of the article at Blabbermouth.
News Archive - 2016
Steve Vai states that David Lee Roth’s solo band reunion on the radar
Great news for fans of David Lee Roth and in particular his debut full-length solo album Eat ‘Em And Smile as former DLR guitarist Steve Vai has confirmed to Ultimate Classic Rock that following a close call in November 2015, a reunion of the line-up that played on the record is “on the radar.”
The following are excerpts from the interview / article from Ultimate Classic Rock:
“What seemed like a fun idea at the time was one that quickly snowballed out of control. The band that assembled for David Lee Roth’s 1986 album, Eat ‘Em and Smile — his full-length solo debut — was a powerful unit that featured guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette.
In November 2015, it was announced that the trio would reunite on the eve of the album’s 30th anniversary to run through a few songs at Ultimate Jam Night, a weekly event hosted by Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright. The former bandmates said that Steel Panther’s Ralph Saenz, who had logged plenty of shows with the Van Halen tribute Atomic Punks, would be standing in for Roth. But things got a little bit crazy — and then canceled — once Diamond Dave himself showed up.
“When we got there, they had crammed 1,700 people in a 350-seater, and the line was literally three or four people thick all the way down [the street] and around the block,” Vai tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “I’ve never seen anything like it. And then Dave got out of the car, and people just went ape s—.”
Vai recalls plans for the reunion came together casually — “a very innocent kind of thing” involving an open-mic night. “Billy was telling me about it, and he said, ‘What if we just showed up and played a few songs?’ Like ‘Shyboy’ and ‘Yankee Rose,’ you don’t need to rehearse those,” he explains. “So I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do that.’ And then I thought maybe Dave would be interested. So I just floated it out there and he was. We didn’t do a proper rehearsal, but Dave came over to my house before we went there, and we reviewed it all and we just kind of went over it so that there was a comfort level.”
Plenty of fans were disappointed that the show was shut down, but there was hope that 2016 might bring a second shot. “We tasted a little bit of the forbidden fruit there,” Vai says. “We all decided that it would be nice, why not? It was a great era. It was a great record, we were a great band. So it’s on the radar. It’s just a matter of getting everybody’s schedules to align. That’s the tough part.”
You can read the rest of the interview / article at Ultimate Classic Rock.
David Lee Roth‘s “Yankee Rose” video:
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