How To Play Yankee Rose By David Lee Roth


Yankee Rose by David Lee Roth. It was written by Roth and Steve Vai and was Roth’s first single on his 1986 first full-length album Eat ‘Em and Smile.

Yankee Rose was recorded as a tribute to the Statue of Liberty in New York City, as the statue was completing a major renovation for the 100th anniversary of its dedication in 1886.

Yankee Rose has been covered a number of well know guitar players including Paul Gilbert from Mr Big, which includes Billy Sheenan on Bass.

Jason Becker landed the job as guitar player for David Lee Roth before diagnosed and featured on the album A Little Aint Enough Becker’s performing career was cut short by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Here is an audition tape of Jason Becker performing Yankee Rose.

Steve Vai With David Lee Roth (1985–1989)

In 1985, Vai joined David Lee Roth’s post-Van Halen band as lead guitarist, together with former Talas Bassist Billy Sheehan on bass; and former Maynard Ferguson drummer Gregg Bissonette on drums. The foursome’s debut album Eat ‘Em and Smile, released on July 7, 1986, was both a critical and commercial success, reaching number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart and selling over two million copies. Guitar World magazine editor Brad Tolinski commented on Vai’s playing at the time, saying that “Steve Vai’s guitar wizardry is so profound that in earlier times he would have been burned as a witch.” Retrospectively, Eat ‘Em and Smile is frequently evaluated as one of the greatest rock albums of the 1980s. The group’s Eat ‘Em and Smile Tour began in August 1986 and continued through February 1987.

Roth’s subsequent album Skyscraper, released in 1988, was produced by both Roth and Vai. Like its predecessor, the album was a commercial success, reaching number six on the Billboard 200 chart. In 1989, following the successful Skyscraper Tour, Vai departed from the band. He was replaced by Cacophony guitarist Jason Becker.

In 1985, after having joined Roth’s band, Vai designed the JEM guitar, a unique instrument that incorporated a series of groundbreaking designs that have since become staples in feature throughout the guitar industry. Vai began working with Ibanez in 1986 to develop the guitar, and the first production Ibanez JEM 777 guitars were released in 1987.


David Lee Roth - Yankee Rose