Van Halen: Dave Lee Roth forced to retire ‘Doctors warned me my time is even shorter’

The rock world mourned last year when Eddie Van Halen passed away from throat cancer. Referring to the loss, his bandmate Roth gave a shock interview this weekend, announcing he was calling it quits on his long career in the industry. “I thought I might have been the first, frankly … And my doctors, my handlers, compelled me to really address that every time I go onstage, I endanger that future.” SCROLL DOWN TO LISTEN TO THE FULL STATEMENT

Vocalist Roth was one of the founders of Van Halen in 1974, alongside brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and drummer Michael Anthony. After leaving the band to go solo in 1985, Roth returned briefly in 1986 and then permanently in 2006.

In the shock interview yesterday, he confirmed he had discussed his retirement with Alex Van Halen, but added “I can’t speak for him yet.” Eddie’s son Wolfgang announced Van Halen was disbanded a month after his father’s death.

Roth used the rest of the interview to discuss his incredible career and own mortality.

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Roth announced five farewell shows at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, followed by January 5, 7 and 8.

He will be supported by his regular band at House of Blues: “I’ve got a band that is doing what Al and I used to call a ‘block,’ that means 75 rehearsals for one show.

“We are bringing it in classic VH (Van Halen) 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.”


The House of Blues branch in Mandalay Bay is part of the hotel complex of the same name on the Las Vegas Strip. Roth promised he will go out in style: “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. And I’m throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring… There is no other variation, there is no torch being passed.”

Roth confirmed  that long and successful career is now coming to an end: “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.”

The star will have no problem staying busy, having launched a successful skincare range to protect tattooed skin in 2018. He is also a painter as well as a full-qualified ambulance EMT in New York State.


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