David Lee Roth announces retirement year after Eddie Van Halen's death

October 3, 2021
David Lee Roth has announced he will retire from music at the start of next year (Picture: Getty)

David Lee Roth has revealed he is planning to retire early next year, with his announcement coming a year after the death of bandmate Eddie Van Halen. 

The singer, 66, joined Van Halen in the early 1970s but revealed his final performances would be a series of five solo shows in Las Vegas early next year. 

The run of shows will begin on New Year’s Eve, with the final one taking place on January 8, marking his retirement from music. 

He told 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.’

David added: ‘I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.’

It comes after his bandmate Eddie Van Halen died of cancer in October last year at the age of 65, which David says made him take stock of his own life. 

David Lee Roth (left) says Eddie Van Halen’s (right) death made him take stock of life (Picture: Paul Natkin/WireImage)

He explained: ‘[I’ve been contemplating] the departure of my beloved classmate recently. I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter.

‘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.’

Eddie died last year after a long battle with throat cancer which saw parts of his tongue have to be removed. 

David had joined Van Halen in the early 1970s (Picture: Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

His son, Wolfgang, 30, had confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: ‘I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning. 

‘He was the best father I could ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.

‘My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.’

Van Halen formed in California in 1972 and until 1985 consisted of Eddie, his brother Alex Van Halen as drummer, David on vocals and Michael Anthony as bassist. 

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