David Lee Roth says he is saying goodbye to it from his music life, and without any long-term farewell tours. A shock to Van Halen fans, the singer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday that he plans to retire in three months after performing the last five shows at House of Blues Mandalay Bay.
“I’m throwing shoes. I am retiring, ”Roth said in a phone call to the newspaper. “This is the first and only official announcement. You got the news. Share with the world. I am not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows. ”
Review-Journal’s man-of-the-town columnist John Catsilomats reports that Roth did not ask a single question during a phone call that marked it as a “verbal performance rather than an interview,” during which he said not to interrupt. The Rock Legend’s interest in the fielding question doesn’t mean he didn’t have much to say in his solo play, but light issues such as health, mortality, and the origins of the band, including open discussion of serious issues such as Van Helen’s guitarist Eddie Van Helen’s death.
Roth is only 67 – only a shooter compared to some rock stars who are still street dogs, such as Bob Dylan, 80, Paul McCartney, 79, and Mick Jagger, 78 – but his doctors advised him to go swing.
After thinking about “the recent departure of my dear classmate,” Roth said, “I was inspired and compelled to grasp how much less time I really had, and perhaps less time.” I thought I could be the first, to be honest. .. ‘Hey Ed, the objects in the rear view mirror are probably me.’ And my doctors, my handlers, really forced me to address that whenever I go on stage, I risk that future.
Roth said original Van Helen drummer Alex Van Helen will be part of his band on the final five, which will be held at Las Vegas nightspots on New Year’s Eve, January 5 and .- Jan.
“I got a band called Al and what I called ‘Block’ – that means 75 rehearsals for one show,” Roth told the paper. “We are bringing it in classic VH style. … No torches are being passed. There is no other aspect of this currency. It’s a classic, Van Helen in your face. Regarding her relationship with Alex, Roth said, “We talk to each other constantly, two or three times a day. We laugh like pirates. “
Roth was recently seen as his usual messy character as he presented the final prize of the night at the MTV Video Music Awards (pictured above).
At the end of the phone monologue, Roth told the Review-Journal columnist, “I’ve given you everything you need. It’s been an amazing, great run, no regrets, nothing to say about anyone. I will miss you all Stay cool. “
Tickets for the five House of Blues shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday