David Lee Roth Says He’s “Retiring” After Residency In Las Vegas: “These Are My Last Five Shows”
VAN HALEN singer David lee roth will retire after the last concert from his residency in Las Vegas in January. “I throw in the shoes,” Roth said to Las Vegas Review Friday (August 1). “I’m retiring. This is the first and only official announcement.… You have the news. Share it with the world.”
He added, “I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.”
Roth also reflected on the passing of his longtime companion, legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen, died of cancer a year ago.
“I thought I could have been the first, frankly,” Roth noted. “I would have thought the Marlboro man would have gotten me. Hey, Ed, the objects in the rearview mirror are probably me. And my doctors, my teachers forced me to really take care of the fact that every time I go on stage, I put this future in danger.
“I am encouraged and compelled to really understand how short the time is, and my time is probably even shorter,” he added.
Roth will return to the House Of Blues in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for a new series of shows that will begin with a New Years Eve performance, followed by four concerts in January 2022.
“I know when I’m in the audience, whether you come with a ukulele or a marching band, whatever I ask of you, give me all you have to give,” he said. “This is what I have been doing for the past 50 years. I have given 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.”
In March 2020, Roth has postponed the last six shows from his residence in Las Vegas due to the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world.
RothThe final Vegas residency kicked off on January 8, 2020 with a 15-song set including 10 VAN HALEN classics and five songs from his solo career. The 66-year-old singer was the lead guitarist Al Estrada of VAN HALEN tribute group ERUPTION, rhythm guitarist Frankie Lindri, bass player Ryan wheeler, keyboardist Danny wagner and drummer Mike Muslim.
Roth explained that he chose Vegas as the location to launch his new band because “this is where you come to celebrate and do the victory dance, whatever that means to you.”
In February / March 2020, Roth played in the first part of the North American stage of TO KISS‘s “End of the road” farewell tour.
RothThe 2020 Vegas residency wasn’t his first time in Sin City. In 1995, Roth completed an engagement in Las Vegas at Bally’s Hotel and Casino and another short stay at the MGM Grand.
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