Van Halen rocker David Lee Roth has announced plans to retire from performing.
he singer said he will perform five solo shows in Las Vegas beginning New Year’s Eve and ending on January 8.
That will mark his final stage turn up, Roth, 66, said.
I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiringDavid Lee Roth
“I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal
“This is the first, and only, official announcement. You’ve got the news. proportion it with the world.”
Roth additional: “I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.”
Roth’s announcement comes almost a year after the death of his bandmate Eddie Van Halen.
The 65-year-old died after being diagnosed with cancer.
Roth said he had been contemplating “the departure of my beloved classmate recently”, seemingly a reference to revered guitarist Van Halen.
“I am promoted and forced to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably already shorter,” Roth, who turns 67 this month, said.
With Roth as rule singer, Van Halen released their self-titled debut album in 1978 to basic and commercial success.
That was followed by four more albums which cemented the group’s position as one of the era’s most important rock bands.
Roth ultimately had three stints in Van Halen, the most recent ending last year when they disbanded following their guitarist’s death.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.
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