It’s time to stop running with the devil. Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth announced that he is retiring after his last concerts.
“I throw my shoes in. I’m retiring, ”the singer, 66, told Las Vegas Review Journal Friday, October 1st. “This is the first and only official announcement … You have the news. Share it with the world. ”
Roth declined to elaborate on why he would retire, adding: “I do not want to explain the statement. The explanation lies in a safe. These are my last five shows. ”
The “Jump” artist met Alex and Eddie Van Halen in the 1970s at Pasadena City College, California. They started the rock band that would become legendary. Van Halen’s self-titled debut album from 1978 has sold more than 12 million copies and achieved diamond certification.
Roth left the band in 1985 – at which point he was replaced by Sammy Hagar – before a brief return in 1996 at the MTV Music Awards. Since then, Roth has been a solo artist.
When he announced his retirement, he revealed that Alex was aware that he intended to take his last bow as they speak several times a day. Singer “Hot for Teacher” added that he expected to be the first member of Van Halen to die, so it was a shock when Eddie first passed in October 2020 in the middle of his battle with throat cancer.
Although Roth did not reveal the status of his health, he noted, “My doctors, my therapists, forced me to really address the fact that every time I go on stage, I risk that future.”
His farewell stay will be in Las Vegas at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. His last concerts start on New Year’s Eve and continue with four more shows on January 1st, 5th, 7th and 8th. Tickets went on sale on Saturday, October 2nd.
“I have given you everything I have to give. It has been a great, great race, no regrets, nothing to say about anyone. I will miss you all. Get frosty, ”Roth added.
Fans have responded to the news with both sadness and admiration, with many congratulating Indiana on a good race as frontman. A few have also pointed out that Roth predicted his retirement decades ago.
In 1991, the singer’s music video for his solo single “A Lil ‘Ain’t Enough” flashed until October 10, 2021, when a sign at Anaheim Stadium announced his “Absolute Final Tour.”
It looks like his career is ending a few months later than planned and the final shows are set for January 2022.
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