Van Halen rocker David Lee Roth has announced plans to retire from performing.
The singer said he will perform five solo shows in Las Vegas beginning New Year’s
Eve and ending on January 8. That will mark his final stage appearance,
the 66-year-old Roth said
The singer, 66, joined Van Halen in the early 1970s but revealed his final
performances would be a series of five solo shows in Las Vegas early next year.
The run of shows will begin on New Year’s Eve, with the final one taking place on
January 8, marking his retirement from music.
He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: ‘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
Team news ahead of David added: ‘I’m not going to explain the statement. The
explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.’
It comes after his bandmate Eddie Van Halen died of cancer in October last year at
the age of 65, which David says made him take stock of his own life.
He explained: ‘[I’ve been contemplating] the departure of my beloved classmate
recently. I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time
is, and my time is probably even shorter.
‘I thought I might have been the first, frankly. And my doctors, my handlers,
compelled me to really address that every time I go onstage, I endanger that future.’
Eddie died last year after a long battle with throat cancer which saw parts of his
tongue have to be removed.
His son, Wolfgang, 30, had confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: ‘I can’t believe I’m
having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and
arduous battle with cancer this morning.
‘He was the best father I could ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off
stage was a gift.
‘My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever recover from this loss. I love you so
much, Pop.’Van Halen formed in California in 1972 and until 1985 consisted of Eddie,
his brother Alex Van Halen as drummer, David on vocals and Michael Anthony as