David Lee Roth has announced that following his upcoming Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, he will be retiring.

Roth confirmed this news in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal where he said, in part, “I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring…I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows…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.”

DLR’s final shows are set for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Jan. 5 and Jan. 7-8. Tickets for those shows go on sale to the general public tomorrow (October 2) at 10 AM PDT/1 PM EDT via Ticketmaster.com.

As for why he’s calling it a day now, he alludes to the death of bandmate Eddie Van Halen saying, “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 … ‘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.”


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