Van Halen’s David Lee Roth Teases His Retirement



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David Lee Roth has hinted at coming out of “retirement” and plans to return to the stage with a “Van Halen” tribute band after performing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this weekend.

The 67-year-old ‘Van Halen’ lead singer was spotted leaving Los Angeles International Airport where he admitted he was ‘only in the middle of my first retirement’ months after canceling a residency in Las Vegas due to the coronavirus.

Roth was the original vocalist of the hard rock band that formed in the early 70s with the late guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Mark Stone. Roth embarked on a solo career in 1985 and Sammy Hagar took over lead vocals.

The ‘Runnin’ with the Devil’ singer was in high spirits after performing at a “birthday party for someone who grew up” while listening to the band.

When asked if Roth would be touring again soon, he simply replied, “There’s always a tomorrow for a singer, not so much for a trombone player these days.”


He added, “How many times did Rocky retire? Seven. I think number 3 was my favorite? How many times did Rambo have to come out of retirement to do the sequel?”

Roth announced he was leaving the stage in October 2021, which would coincide with a series of shows in Las Vegas at the end of the year leading up to 2022.

“I’m throwing the shoes away. I’m retiring,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal at the time. “This is the first and only official announcement.”

Asked about the possibilities of a “Van Halen” tribute band, including Pink and guitarist Joe Satriani, Roth said, “Ya, I wrote the songs… I named the band.”

He added: “I’m only in the middle of my first retirement.”

Roth’s retirement came early as he was scheduled to perform a series of farewell shows at the House of Blues in Las Vegas earlier this year, only to have the performances canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

He previously postponed shows scheduled for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and was scheduled to play a total of nine shows as part of his stage farewell.

The shows were scheduled to take place on December 31, 2021 and January 1, 5, 7 and 8, 2022.


When asked if Roth would be stepping away in any other capacity, as his Vegas shows were to be his final callback, Roth told Fox News Digital in a statement, “It’s not about me anymore. When benefits for Kentucky, Colorado and Farm Aid get started; call me.”

Roth said the recent “departure of my beloved classmate” – a clear reference to the late Eddie Van Halen – had been on his mind when he announced his retirement in October.

“I’m encouraged and compelled to really understand how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter,” Roth said.

He admitted he expected to be “the first” Van Halen member to die.

David Lee Roth playing in 'David Lee Roth band' performing at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California on June 14, 1988.

David Lee Roth playing in ‘David Lee Roth band’ performing at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California on June 14, 1988.
(Larry Hulst Archive/Michael Ochs/Getty Images)

“‘Hey Ed, the objects in the rearview mirror, that’s probably me,'” the musician said. “And my doctors, my dog ​​handlers, made me really say that every time I go on stage, I’m putting that future at risk.”

He explained that for 50 years he gave his all to the public, as he would ask any performer on stage to do, “whether you’re going out with a ukulele or a marching band.”

Roth recalled his early days with the band when they were paid less than $200 a night, spending most of the money on gas.


“It was the Saturday Night Supper Club, we would get there at 3am and order whatever was on the menu, the three banana splits, the Grand Slam breakfasts with bacon and the ones with sausages,” recalls Roth. . “We put two tables together… This cop came in – it was Cop Town – and said, ‘Who are you all? “I said, ‘Sir, we’re a rock ‘n’ roll band!’ He said, ‘Do you have enough money to pay for all this?’ And we all pulled out our green, clean, sweaty $125 shoes[expletive[-shoesmoney[expletive[-shoesmoney”[juron[-chaussuresargent[expletive[-shoesmoney”

He added that he remembers those days “like they were yesterday” and recently reminisced about that same story with Alex Van Halen about the late guitarist who died of a stroke on October 6, 2020.

“I just found some pants upstairs. I keep some old clothes,” revealed the star, also known for her colorful and edgy outfits. “I was doing 29. Eddie was doing 26. That’s where we come from.”

“I have a band that does what Al and I used to call a ‘block,’ that means 75 reps for a show,” Roth said of his upcoming shows. “We bring it in classic VH style. Alex and I are the only version, that was his message. There is no other variation. There is no passing of the torch. There is no there is no other side to this coin. -your-face Van Halen.”

He concluded by saying that his career has “been an incredible, great ride”, adding that he has “no regrets, nothing to say about anyone”.

The rocker added, “I’m going to miss you all. Stay chilled.”



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