Steve Vai Thinks A Reunion With David Lee Roth Is Unlikely To Happen

During a recent interview with Italy’s Linea Rock, the legendary guitarist Steve Vai reflected his thoughts on reuniting with David Lee Roth. For Vai, the train ‘left the station’ so it doesn’t seem like it will happen anytime soon.

When David Lee Roth left Van Halen in 1985, he decided to form a new backing band with Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, and Gregg Bissonette. The band’s debut album, ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile,’ earned huge commercial success and reached number four on Billboard 200 charts. The album is still regarded as one of the most influential rock albums of the 1980s.

The band’s second album, named ‘Skyscraper,’ was released in 1988 and they launched a tour to promote the album.  However, Steve Vai decided to leave the band right after the tour and was replaced by Jason Becker. They actually had a reunion plan for the band’s 30th anniversary but it was canceled by the fire marshalls due to safety measures.

During a recent conversation, Steve Vai was asked whether there is any possibility of a reunion with David Lee Roth. The guitarist stated that everybody has been busy with their own careers but he would want to do it with the same line-up. He doesn’t completely rule out this possibility but still thinks that it gets more difficult as time goes by. For Vai, a reunion with Roth is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

When asked about the possibility of a reunion with Roth, Steve Vai responded:

“You never know about these things. And we touched on it in the past. It’s a logistical thing too because Dave had Van Halen, I had my solo career, Billy has… everybody is kind of busy. And I would only have done it with the ‘Eat ‘Em And Smile’ lineup, I think.

And the idea was very intriguing, and I never rule out anything. But as time went on, the train kind of left the station. I understand now that Dave is retiring so I don’t know when something like that could happen. It’s a long shot.”

You can watch the full interview below.