On the heels of releasing a video for a new song Lo-Rez Sunset, David Lee Roth has announced that he is retiring.

The Van Halen frontman, tells John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “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.”

The singer will be doing a Las Vegas residency at the Mandalay Bay’s House Of Blues, starting on New Year’s Eve (December 31st, 2021), along with a few dates in January of 2022, then walking off into the sunset.

He added, “I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.”

He also revealed that he has been in touch with drummer Alex Van Halen, whom he has known for 50 years.

“Al and I have been talking, and I can’t speak for him just yet,” Roth said, “but he knows what I am about to say.” He added, “We speak to each other constantly, two or three times a day. We laugh like pirates.”

White reflecting on “the departure of my beloved classmate recently,” referring to his bandmate, Eddie Van Halen, who passed on almost a year ago on on October 6th, he states, “I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter,”

Roth says his backing band at House of Blues is the final iteration of the original Van Halen.

“I’ve got a band that is doing what Al and I used to call a ‘block,’ that means 75 rehearsals for one show,” Roth said. “We are bringing it in classic VH style. Alex and I are the only version, that was his message. There is no other variation. There is no torch being passed. There is no other side to this coin. This is classic, in-your-face Van Halen.”

He ended the conversation with Katsilometes by stating, “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.”

Roth’s performance dates at Mandalay Bay’s House Of Blues are as follows:

(Doors 8 p.m., showtime 9 p.m.; ages 18+)

New Year’s Eve – December 31st, 2021 
January 1st, 5th, 7th-8th, 2022

Tickets start at $63.50, plus applicable fees, and go on sale today (October 2nd) at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available by visiting HouseofBlues.com/DavidLeeRoth, MandalayBay.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Citi Card Member presale begins on September 29th at 10 a.m. The House of Blues, Live Nation, and M life presales begin September 30th at 10 a.m.

Several ticket packages are available, including the Hot For Teacher package ($450) that includes two tickets at a VIP table and a souvenir retail item; the Panama package ($550) that includes a dining voucher plus pre-and-post show access to Mandalay Bay’s Foundation Room; and the Jump package ($700) that features a prix-fixe Foundation Room dinner and one bottle of a premium spirit.

Photo credit: Aaron Richter

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  • Doug R. on

    Hey Dave, don’t forget to “Take Your Whiskey Home”- Cheers!! 😉

  • robert davenport on

    I hate to sound cynical here but …. how many bands and artists have said that …ahemm….kiss ….motley… probably as a huge cash grab then come back completely past their prime ,for another nostalgic cash grab – Roth should absolutely retire if he has nothing left in the tank – but maybe he should have said I’m going to take a little break , in case vai , bissonette, Sheehan come calling , or he and Alex want to do a final goodbye somehow – once music is in your soul it is qho and what you are , it’s not easy to walk away from that ~

  • Charles Clinchot on

    Guess after five shows he gonna get “a bottle of anything, and a glazed doughnut to gooooooo!”

    • Dana on


      Did you do that for me, knowing it’s my favorite video?? Regardless, loved it-LOL!!!

    • Charles Clinchot on

      That line just popped in my head when I read this. Besides, we may never know he’s retired, because he has gone years without doing anything musically. May be he will become a brain surgeon or run for president?

    • Dana on

      Yes Charles,

      Roth is ultimate chameleon and renaissance man. I would not be surprised if he moved off to the Bahamas and became a diving instructor or shark cage diver. Perhaps, he will move to Italy and become a master painter, sculptor or wine maker? Or maybe he decides to write the next great novel, who knows?

      I think Roth has reinvented his life, almost as much as, Madonna has altered her image and sound. He is truly fascinating, and seems fearless in that sense. It’s as if he is a living example of Buddhism, as he seems to be reincarnate and reinvent, himself, and his life, in some way.

  • Rattlehead on

    Pretty strange announcement from DLR. Is he in failing health where his days are numbered? I hope not, but that’s how I interpret his announcement…..

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