David Lee Roth plans to retire after the death of his bandmate and co-founder, Eddie.
The hitmaker of the band will say his good-bye to the audience and leave the world of rock ‘n’ roll after making five solo performances at House of Blues, Mandalay Bay. The series of performances will begin from New Year’s Eve to Saturday evening, Jan 8.
While announcing his retirement, David Lee Roth stated to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that, “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. I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.”
The musician decided to leave the music world when his bandmate Eddie Van Halen died a year ago at 65.
David further stated the passing of his bandmate compelled him to take this decision.
The singer added, “[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 on stage, I endanger that future.”
Last October, in Santa Monica, California, the co-founder of the Van Halen band, Eddie Van Halen died. As per the news outlets, he was admitted to California’s St. John’s Hospital and was with his wife Janie throughout that time.
His death came just 10 days after his band’s original bassist, Mark Stone, said goodbye to the world. According to the sources, he died of cancer.
Allegedly, Wolfgang, Eddie’s son, revealed the news of his father’s death with a sentimental post, tributing his father on social media.
His son, who was 28 that time, wrote, “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” and continued, “He was the best father I could ever 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 fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”
Wolfgang joined the band in 2006 in replacement of Michael Anthony.