The original lineup of TALAS — consisting of legendary bassist Billy Sheehan, guitarist Dave Constantino and drummer Paul Varga – reunited for a one-off performance on July 28 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York. The show was part of the 2012 Hard Rock “Rocks Old Falls Street, USA Summer Outdoor Music Series”, which featured a total of six shows starting July 7 and running each Saturday evening through August 11.
The free concerts were supported with help from the city of Niagara Falls and private sponsors. Local radio stations 97 Rock and 103.3 The Edge served as broadcast partners for this year’s series.
David “Gus” Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com conducted an interview with Varga and Sheehan on July 30 when TALAS returned to the Hard Rock Cafe to take part in a meet-and-greet with the fans. You can watch the chat below.
Kings of the Buffalo bar circuit, TALAS slogged it out through the ’70s and ’80s, hoping for the breakthrough that never quite came. When David Lee Roth left VAN HALEN, Sheehan immediately joined Roth‘s band, putting an effective end to TALAS.
Sheehan, Constantino and Varga were the first musicians to be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame, and Constantino and Varga have remained active in the Western New York music scene. Sheehan is based in California, where he performs with a variety of ensembles, including MR. BIG.