Is David Lee Roth retiring? Trolls say Van Halen rocker ‘should’ve quit 15 years ago’

The 66-year-old rocker, who is part of the hard rock band Van Halen, clarified he will first perform at Las Vegas before bidding goodbye to music


                            Is David Lee Roth retiring? Trolls say Van Halen rocker ‘should’ve quit 15 years ago’
David Lee Roth performs onstage at Staples Center on March 04, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/ Getty Images)

Rock veteran David Lee Roth, who is known for his wild and energetic stage persona, is hanging up his boots for good. The rock and roll icon over the weekend send social media into a tizzy after he announced his retirement. Roth, however, clarified that he will first perform at his upcoming shows in Las Vegas before bidding a final goodbye to music.

The 66-year-old rocker, who is part of the hard rock band Van Halen, exclusively broke the news to Las Vegas Review-Journal over the phone shedding details on his retirement. Soon, the legendary musician grabbed a spot on the trending list as many on the Internet made fun of him thinking he had retired years ago. Others also trolled the musician that it was better for him to hang up his boots as he could no longer perform after five songs. Speaking of retirement, musicians like Daddy Yankee and Britney Spears were in news for the same but nothing official has been announced yet. Even young Tennis icon Naomi Osaka made headlines over early retirement. 
 
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David Lee Roth speaks onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Is David Lee Roth retiring from music?

While speaking to Las Vegas Review-Journal, the ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ hitmaker said, “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.” He then announced his last five shows in Las Vegas. Speaking on the same, Roth added, “I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.” Roth’s last five shows will be held at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, January 5 and January 7 and 8.
 
During the interview, the rocker also got nostalgic about his late friend and member of Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen who died on October 6, 2020, due to throat cancer.  “I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter,” Roth confessed that he always thought he will be the first one to die. “I thought I might have been the first, frankly … ‘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 onstage, I endanger that future.”

David Lee Roth of Van Halen poses during the 2013 Stone Music Festival press conference on April 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

‘Thought David Lee Roth retired years ago', say fans

Social media users rushed to Twitter as soon as the news of Roth retiring from music hit the Internet. One user stated, “Thank God david lee roth is retiring i mean holy hell its WAY overdue he cant sing anymore anyway.” Another posted, “To be honest I thought David Lee Roth retired years ago. Plus there’s no Van Halen without Eddie.” One added, “He enjoys the limelight too much. He'll be back.”
 
The next one shared, “Respect it! The dude is a f**king #RockGod #VanHalen one of the greatest frontmen of all time!” One person tweeted, “And now that's the end of an Era.  I'm sad that I never got to see the man, the myth and the legend in person but legends never retire IMHO.  I remember seeing a video of his of how he sings "Love Train" about 100 times before he took the stage.  Enjoy your retirement!” Meanwhile, another chimed in and added, “Dave should've quit 15+ years ago. His voice would fail after his 5th song.” And, one user said, “He's not retiring, these guys never do. There will be a comeback tour before long.”
 

Singer David Lee Roth of Van Halen performs during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

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