Van Halen legend and rock showman David Lee Roth has officially announced that he will be retiring following the end of his recently announced residency in Las Vegas.
“I throw in the shoes. I am retiring. This is the first and only official announcement … You have the news. Share it with the world, ”Roth said in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal after recalling a few moments from Van Halen’s early days together.
The announcement comes just days after Roth confirmed a Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay on New Years Eve, New Years Day, and January 5, 7 and 8.
“I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows,” confirmed Roth, who turns 67 in October.
“I have a band that does what Al [Alex Van Halen] and I used to call it a ‘block’, that means 75 reps for a show, “he explained.” We bring it in classic VH [Van Halen] style. Alex and I are the only version, that was his message. There is no other variation. There is no passing torch. There is no other side to this coin. It’s a classic, intuitive Van Halen. “
‘Diamond Dave’ gave no indication if that meant drummer Alex Van Halen would be on one of the upcoming shows as his message was a bit cryptic, as is typical of a lot of things the singer says.
“I gave you everything I had to give. It was an amazing and great race, no regrets, nothing to say about anyone. I will miss you all. Stay freezing,” concluded Roth.
Earlier this year, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx revealed that Roth was offered a spot on the band’s reunion tour, but declined because he stipulated he doesn’t open for bands that he influenced. Had he accepted, Roth’s retirement from live performances would have been pushed back to mid or late 2022, when the long-awaited “Stadium Tour” is set to begin.
Top 66 Hard Rock + Metal Frontmen of All Time
See Loudwire’s Picks For The 66 Best Hard Rock + Metal Singers Of All Time