During an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, David Lee Roth (Van Halen) revealed that he is planning to retire. The frontman will be wrapping up his career following the completion of his five-date residency in Las Vegas, NV.
Roth said the following:
“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.”
He continued while reflecting on the late Eddie Van Halen:
“I thought I might have been the first, frankly. I might have thought the Marlboro Man would’ve got me. 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 am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter.”
He also added:
“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. 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.”