David Lee Roth, the legendary Van Halen frontman and rock showman, has revealed that he will be retiring following the conclusion of his recently announced Las Vegas residency.
“I’m going to toss in the sneakers. I’m going to retire. This is the official announcement’s first and only… You’ve been informed. “Share it with the world,” Roth stated in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal after reminiscing about the early days of Van Halen.
The news comes just days after Roth confirmed a New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and January 5, 7, and 8 residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
“I’m not going to explain what I just said. The explanation is kept in a secure location. These are my final five gigs,” stated Roth, who will turn 67 in October.
He continued, “I’ve got a band that’s doing what Al [Alex Van Halen] and I used to call a ‘block,’ which is 75 rehearsals for one show.” “In true VH [Van Halen] fashion, we’re bringing it.” That was his message: Alex and I are the only versions. There isn’t any other option. The torch is not being passed. There is no other way to look at this situation. This is classic Van Halen at its most obnoxious.”
Because his statement was enigmatic, as is typical of many things the singer says, ‘Diamond Dave’ gave no indication whether this meant that drummer Alex Van Halen will take part in any of the upcoming gigs.
“I’ve given you everything I’ve got.” It’s been an incredible run with no regrets and nothing negative to say about anyone. I’m going to miss you all. “Remain icy,” Roth finished.
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue stated earlier this year that Roth was given a position on the band’s reunion tour, but turned it down because he refused to open for bands he influenced. Roth’s departure from live performance would have been postponed until mid-to-late 2022, when the long-awaited ‘Stadium Tour’ is slated to kick off.