Van Halen’s iconic frontman David Lee Roth recently confirmed that he will be retiring after completing his upcoming five shows.
Formed in 1972, Van Halen consisted of Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony. Due to creative differences, Roth left the band in 1985 and embarked on a solo career. In 1996, DLR rejoined Halen temporarily and contributed to the band’s ‘Best Of – Volume I’ album. However, he left again, only to return in 2006.
Although things were going pretty well, Eddie Van Halen lost his battle against cancer on October 6, 2020. The iconic guitarist was diagnosed with the disease in the early 2000s, but his death was still unexpected and left the band and fans heartbroken.
Following Eddie’s death, his son Wolfgang announced that Van Halen won’t continue making music. After one year, David Lee Roth also announced that he is planning to retire after his five shows at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay at the beginning of January 2022. During his recent conversation, Roth issued a statement which he named the last and only official announcement.
The rock icon then said that his Las Vegas shows are his last five. Furthermore, Roth noted that he’s been talking with Alex Van Halen, who knows about this decision. Following that, he revealed he’s been thinking about Eddie Van Halen and that his time will probably be shorter than Eddie‘s. The musician also said he believed he would be the first one to die in the band.
As reported by Review-Journal, David Lee Roth said:
“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. I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.
I ask that you bear with me here. Please try not to interrupt. I’m going to close my eyes and take you on a ride. Al and I have been talking, and I can’t speak for him just yet, but he knows what I am about to say. We speak to each other constantly, two or three times a day. We laugh like pirates.
I’d been thinking about 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 … ‘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 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. That’s what I did for the last 50 years.”
He then concluded:
“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.”
With this statement, David Lee Roth announced the end of his musical career that spanned 50 years. As it seems, Eddie Van Halen’s death deeply affected him during the process of making this decision.