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MickyDolenz

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David Lee Roth says he's retiring after Vegas shows

By John Katsilometes | October 1, 2021 | Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Decades ago, David Lee Roth shouted, “And the cradle will rock.”

The vaunted showman rocked our world Friday morning.

“I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring,” Roth said in a phone conversation that was more a spoken-word performance than interview. “This is the first, and only, official announcement. … You’ve got the news. Share it with the world.”

With that, Diamond Dave announced he is ending the Van Halen era and his own stage career with his five shows at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Jan. 5 and Jan. 7-8.

He quickly added, “I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.”

And tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Roth started the conversation by saying, “I ask that you bear with me here. Please try not to interrupt. I’m going to close my eyes and take you on a ride.”

Roth then said he had just spoken to Alex Van Halen, his friend for 50 years and co-founder of the legendary rock band Van Halen.

“Al and I have been talking, and I can’t speak for him just yet,” Roth said, “but he knows what I am about to say.” He added, “We speak to each other constantly, two or three times a day. We laugh like pirates.”

Roth also had mentioned he’d been thinking about “the departure of my beloved classmate recently,” a clear reference to guitar god Eddie Van Halen, who died of throat cancer on Oct. 6. The singer also made an oblique reference to his own mortality, as he turns 67 on Oct. 10.

“I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter,” Roth said.

He mentioned Eddie Van Halen being the first member of Van Halen to pass.

“I thought I might have been the first, frankly … ‘Hey Ed, objects in the rear-view mirror are probably me,’” Roth allowed. “And my doctors, my handlers, compelled me to really address that every time I go onstage, I endanger that future.”

Nonetheless, Roth plans to lay it out totally in the House of Blues shows.

“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,” he said. “That’s what I did for the last 50 years.”

“I’ve got a band that is doing what Al and I used to call a ‘block,’ that means 75 rehearsals for one show,” Roth said. “We are bringing it in classic VH 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.”

Roth ended the call without taking a single question. His sendoff:

“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.”

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #1 posted 10/02/21 9:53am

funkman88

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prince stole most of his stage persona so he should

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Reply #2 posted 10/02/21 12:28pm

alphastreet

funkman88 said:

prince stole most of his stage persona so he should



Why are you even here if you’re throwing shade at prince in each thread?
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Reply #3 posted 10/02/21 2:56pm

SPYZFAN1

There's some grim speculation that Dave might be ill...I really hope that's not the case. It's good to read that he and Alex VH are communicating again. I'm sure he's still shook by Eddie's passing. Glad I got to see them when I did...I also hope that his Vegas shows are packed and they sell out.

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Reply #4 posted 10/03/21 3:47pm

JoeBala

Hopefully these will be filmed and streamed.
Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
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Reply #5 posted 10/03/21 6:36pm

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Well, his voice is shot now...so he should. Glad I got to see DLR with Van Halen and Kool And The Gang in 2012.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #6 posted 10/04/21 5:44am

Empress

purplethunder3121 said:

Well, his voice is shot now...so he should. Glad I got to see DLR with Van Halen and Kool And The Gang in 2012.

I saw that show too. Dave's voice was awful that night, but it was worth the price just to see Eddie. He's a true virtuoso. I had the pleasure of seeing VH in the late 70's and early 80's. They were awesome!

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Reply #7 posted 10/04/21 7:55am

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His singing skills are weak, so blah. He has lots of money from the tours they did with VH. The old albums keep selling and they are played on the radio all the time.

He lives in Japan.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #8 posted 10/05/21 7:08pm

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Dave has a new song


You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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