David Lee Roth To Retire On Advice Of ‘Doctors’

David Lee Roth To Retire On Advice Of 'Doctors'

LAS VEGAS, NV. (THECOUNT) — David Lee Roth says he is planning to retire citing guidance from his “doctors.”

The frontman announced his pending retirement following a series of shows in Las Vegas in December and January.

“I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring,” Roth told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, offering little explanation as to why, reports WKBN.

During a conversation with Review-Journal, Roth referenced the death of Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen — who passed in Oct. 2020 — as one of the possible reasons for his retirement but gave no specific details.

“I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter,” Roth told the outlet, later adding that he imagined he “might have been the first” to die of the band members, rather than Eddie Van Halen.

He also said didn’t want to “endanger” his own future by continuing to perform, citing guidance from his “doctors” and “handlers.”

Roth released a new song on September 1st. The Youtube version of the track had since received about 25,000 plays. A long way from his platinum sales days with Van Halen.

Roth said he’ll be taking the stage for his final shows at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay for five concerts between Dec. 31 and Jan. 8.

“I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows,” he told the Review-Journal.

Tickets for the performances go on sale Saturday.

Roth, often considered to be one of the greatest frontmen in rock, performed with Van Halen between 1974 and 1985, returning for stints in 1996 and from 2006 onward. He also embarked on a solo career starting in the mid-‘80s.