“I throw in the shoes”
David Lee Roth, the iconic rock star known for repeatedly performing with Van Halen, has announced his retirement.
The 66-year-old musician confirmed the news during a phone call with the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently.
âI throw in the shoes. I am retiring, “he said.” This is the first and only official announcement.
He told the outlet that since they have “the information” they can “share it with the world”.
Roth plans to end by playing a series of shows at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas later this year and early next year.
The shows will take place on December 31, 2021 and January 1, 5, 7 and 8.
The musician, known for his energetic and even wacky presence on stage, added, âI’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.
Tickets for the final show will go on sale Saturday, October 2 at 10 a.m. PT.
Representatives for Mandalay Bay did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Speaking to the Review-Journal, Roth asked the interviewer “to try not to interrupt” because he “was going to close his eyes and take you for a ride.”
He revealed that he had recently spoken with Alex Van Halen, drummer for the iconic rock band, and he was aware of Roth’s upcoming announcement.
âAl and I have spoken, and I can’t speak for him yet, but he knows what I’m about to say,â he explained. âWe talk to each other constantly, two or three times a day. We laugh like pirates.
It’s unclear what Roth was referring to when he said he couldn’t “speak for” Van Halen. Fox News has reached out to representatives for the drummer for comment.
Roth said that the recent “departure of my beloved classmate” – a clear reference at the end Eddie Van Halen – had recently thought of him and took note of his 67th birthday on October 10th.
âI’m encouraged and compelled to really understand how short the time is, and my time is probably even shorter,â Roth said.
He admitted that he expected to be “the first” member of Van Halen to die.
â’Hey Ed, the objects in the rearview mirror are probably me,’â the musician said. “And my doctors, my teachers made me really take care of the fact that every time I go on stage, I put this future in danger.”
He explained that for 50 years he has given everything to the audience, as he would ask any artist on stage to do, “whether you go out with a ukulele or a marching band.”
Roch recalled his beginnings with the band when they were paid less than $ 200 a night, spending most of the money on gasoline.
âIt was the Saturday Night Supper Club, we would get there at 3 am and order everything on the menu, the three banana splits, the Grand Slam breakfasts with bacon and the ones with sausage,â Roth recalled. âWe put two tables togetherâ¦ This cop came in – it was Cop Town – and asked, ‘Who are you all? I said, ‘Sir, we’re a rock’n’roll band!’ He said, âDo you have enough money to pay for all of this? And we all pulled out our green, crunchy, sweating $ 125 through your[expletive[-silvershoesâ[expletive[-shoesmoneyâ[explÃ©tives[-chaussuresargent”[expletive[-shoesmoneyâ
He added that he remembers those days “like they were yesterday” and recently remembered that same story with Alex Van Halen recently.
âI just found some pants upstairs. I’m keeping some old clothes, ârevealed the star, who was also known for her colorful and edgy outfits. âI was a size 29. Eddie was a size 26. That’s where we come from.
âI have a band that does what Al and I called a ‘block’, that means 75 reps for a show,â Roth said of his upcoming shows. âWe bring it in the classic VH style. Alex and I are the only version, that was his message. There is no other variation. There is no passing torch. There is no other side to this coin. It’s a classic, unperturbed Van Halen.
He concluded by saying that his career had “been an amazing and great race”, adding that he had “no regrets, nothing to say about anyone”.
The rocker added, “I’ll miss you all. Stay freezing.