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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  • shannon mehaffey on

    I’m emotional

    • Doug R. on

      Shannon needs someone to come to his “Emotional Rescue” 😉 Actually, so do I! All the great ones are either leaving us or retiring, and that really sucks! I mean, you “Can’t Get This Stuff No More!”

  • jeffrey heffernan on

    i hope im wrong here,but it sounds like dave has found out something bad.it sounds like maybe he has been told of a health issue.again i hope im wrong!!!!

  • Ray Gillen on

    First I`d like to say I hope he is healthy , something about when he said his time is probably shorter raised a red flag . One of my friends and I used to argue all the time on who is the greatest american rock band . He would say Aerosmith and I would say Van Halen ( DLR years) . I still think it`s a no brainer it`s Van Halen . DLR is the ultimate front man . He was and is the epitome of a singer/entertainer and rock god . I`ve seen a ton of concerts in my day and the eat`em and smile show at the cow palace is still in the top 2 of my favorite shows to this day . I also hope Mikey or Alex does a song or 2 with him before he hangs them up that would be a sweet way to go out, sad times .

  • RTunes68 on

    Not sure if I’m snorkeling in the kiddie pool here, but am I the only one to find some of his quotes a little unsettling?

    “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 onstage. 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.”

    Is Dave just making a general statement/observation about life, or is he – in his classic/cryptic fashion – indicating that something might be wrong with him, health-wise?

    • Dana on

      I am trying to stay positive, since Roth, with the exception of the 70s, and maybe part of the 80s, has been a health nut.

  • Michael B on

    Sounds like he got some bad news. I know he’s been a healthy dude for years, but I still think he smoked, but I could be wrong.

    It’s a shame he never revisited the Eat’em and Smile band. I know the other guys were down for at least some one off shows. Maybe they’ll show up in Vegas.

    End of an era. It’s been such a crappy last few years. Neil Peart, Eddie, etc… I hope he’s ok.

    • Dana on

      Michael B,

      Well, I hope not, not on the heels of Eddie, that would be tragic. Let’s all try and stay positive.

      Also, I agree about the Eat’Em And Smile band. Maybe, he will consider some shows down the road?

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