Watch David Lee Roth’s ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile’ Backing Band Reunite for First Time in Over 30 Years

Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan ripped through “Shy Boy” at ‘Ultimate NAMM Night’ jam.
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The musicians who played with David Lee Roth on his 1986 solo debut Eat ‘Em and Smile—guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Greg Bissonette and keyboardist Brett Tuggle—reunited for the first time in 33 years at the "Ultimate NAMM Night” jam on January 26 for a two-song set.

The performance, which saw the members joined by former Yngwie Malmsteen and current Sons of Apollo singer Jeff Scott Soto, included run-throughs of Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and “Shy Boy,” the latter of which was written by Sheehan for his early Eighties outfit Talas and recorded by the David Lee Roth band for Eat ‘Em and Smile.

You can check out fan-filmed footage of “Shy Boy” above.

Back in 2015, a similar reunion, with Steel Panther’s Ralph Saenz singing, was scheduled to take place at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood for the 30th anniversary of Eat ‘Em and Smile. It was ultimately shut down at the last minute by the L.A. fire marshal when the venue overcrowded after word got out that David Lee Roth was planning to take the stage with the band.

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