‘Van Halen’ Frontman David Lee Roth Announces His Retirement

by Joe Rutland

David Lee Roth, whose soaring screams and stage moves helped Van Halen reach massive success, is calling it a career in music.

Roth dropped the musical bomb during an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday.

“I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring,” Roth said. “This is the first, and only, official announcement. … You’ve got the news. Share it with the world.

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

Van Halen Lead Singer Said He’s Been Speaking With Alex Van Halen Recently

While the retirement was announced on Friday, the original Van Halen frontman has some final dates coming up. If you want to go catch his final shows, then check out tickets at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. His shows are on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Jan. 5, and Jan. 7-8.

In the interview with the Review-Journal, Roth said he’s been speaking with Alex Van Halen, who co-founded Van Halen with his late brother, Eddie.

“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. We speak to each other constantly, two or three times a day. We laugh like pirates.”

The band slammed into the world of rock music with their self-titled 1978 album. Among the songs on there include “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,” and the epic collaboration of “Eruption” with their cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me.”

David Lee Roth and His Soaring Vocals Made Band’s Records, Videos Stand Out

But that just started their career together. Roth also was the lead singer on albums “Van Halen II,” “Women and Children First,” “Fair Warning,” “Diver Down,” and “1984.” He left the band in 1984 over creative differences with Eddie Van Halen.

After Sammy Hagar left Van Halen, Roth rejoined the band for two songs on the 1996 album “Best Of – Volume 1.” But the band added Gary Cherone as its lead singer and there was no room for “Diamond Dave”. Roth would make one more appearance on the 2012 album, “A Different Kind of Truth.”

Other well-known rock music songs with Roth’s vocals include “Dance the Night Away, “Jump,” “Hot for Teacher,” and “And the Cradle Will Rock…”

If you were around for MTV’s birth, then you’ll recall the band’s memorable videos for “Jump” and “Hot for Teacher.” Roth, along with Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony put on quite a show in them.

Van Halen continued to perform after Roth left for good, but his vocals, backed by incredible musicians, are legendary.