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DAVID LEE ROTH Announces His Retirement From Music After Las Vegas Residency

David Lee Roth also commented on the passing of bandmate, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who passed away from cancer a year ago.

VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth has announced his retirement after the last concert of his Las Vegas residency in January.

“I’m throwing in the shoes,” Roth told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday (August 1). “I’m retiring. This is the first, and only, official announcement. … You’ve got 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.”

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Roth also commented on the passing of bandmate, VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who passed away from cancer a year ago.

“I thought I might have been the first, frankly,” Roth said. “I might have thought the Marlboro Man would’ve got me. 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 on stage, I endanger that future.

“I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter,” he added.

Roth will return to at Mandalay Bay’s House Of Blues in Las Vegas for a new series of shows that will kick off with a New Year’s Eve performance, followed by four concerts in January 2022.

“I know that when I am in the audience, whether you come out with a ukulele or a marching band, all I ask you give me everything you’ve got to give,” he said. “That’s what I did for the last 50 years. 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.”