On February 24, while onboard the Monsters of Rock Cruise, Sebastian Bach and Akira Takasaki of Loudness joined Steve Vai on stage for a rendition of “Yankee Rose.” The song was the lead track from David Lee Roth’s 1986 debut solo album, Eat ’Em and Smile, and was written by Roth and Vai.
On March 13, Bach posted the video on YouTube, where he shared his thoughts about the performance.
“What a complete honor to play with one of my all time heroes, Mr. Steve Vai,” he writes. “I got the invitation from Steve to play two David Lee Roth songs with him on the Monsters of Rock Cruise and it was a dream come true. We did not have anywhere to rehearse so I practiced on my own about 1 million times and I’m very happy to say we did the songs justice! Steve told me this is the first time he has been on stage with a ‘lead singer’ in as long as he can remember.”
He adds, “Check out the incomparable Uli John Roth giving me a high-five from the side of the stage!”
Bach and Vai also shared a stage on February 19 at the Guitar Gods Festival in Miami Beach, Florida, where they performed Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.”
Vai will hit the road with Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi for the Generation Axe tour, which will kick off April 5 in Seattle.
He’ll also join Joe Satriani and Guthrie Govan for the 2016 G3 tour. So far six dates have been announced for Italy and Germany, with more to come.