His retirement will be compelling after definite 5 shows.
The Van Halen Singer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday, “I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring. This is the first, and only, official announcement … You’ve got the news. Share it with the world.”
Roth declined to expand why he wanted to retire, adding, “I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.”
His declaration comes simply a year after Eddie Van Halen, the band’s lead guitarist and one of its namesakes, kicked the bucket because of cancer. The vocalist referred to Van Halen’s passing in the call with the Las Vegas paper, saying he had been pondering about “the departure of my beloved classmate.”
“I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter,” he said.
“I thought I might have been the first, frankly… ‘Hey Ed, objects in the rear-view mirror are probably me.’ And my doctors, my handlers, compelled me to really address that every time I go onstage, I endanger that future.”
The forthcoming shows he is alluding to will be held at Mandala Bay’s house of Blues. “I’ve given you all I’ve got to give. It’s been an amazing, great run, no regrets, nothing to say about anybody. I’ll miss you all. Stay frosty,” Roth concluded.
Reactions to Van Halen's Singer David Lee Roth Will Retire
David Lee Roth has announced his retirement and I think we should all thank him for coming up with the idea for the Roth IRA.— JSWilliams1962 (@jswtreeman) October 1, 2021
David Lee Roth announced his retirement and will now be called "David Lee Off"— 💀DeathMetalViking💀 (@DeathMetalV) October 2, 2021
Happy retirement to David Lee Roth, in my opinion THE greatest ever showman this planet has ever seen. Van Halen were arguably the best band in the world. Fascinating to listen to and Dave was fascinating to watch. He gave us what we wanted, and we all soaked it up. Thank you 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/z7WG6uY9OT— 💎 (@BeanZoomy) October 2, 2021