David Lee Roth, the famous rock star known for confronting Van Halen several times, has announced his retirement.
The 66-year-old musician confirmed the news On a phone call to the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently.
“I’m throwing shoes. I’m retired,” he said. “This is the first and only official announcement.”
He told the outlet that since they had “the news”, they could “share it with the world”.
Roth plans to finish by playing a series of shows at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas late this year and early next.
Shows will take place on December 31, 2021 and January 1, 5, 7 and 8.
The musician, known for his enthusiastic and curious presence on stage, added: “I will not explain the statement. The interpretation is in a safe place. These are my last five performances.”
Tickets for the final show will go on sale starting Saturday, October 2 at 10AM PT.
Representatives for Mandalay Bay did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
When Roth spoke to Review, he told the interviewer to “try not to interrupt,” because he was “going to close my eyes and take you for a spin.”
He revealed that he spoke to him recently Alex Van HalenA drummer with the popular rock band, he was aware of Roth’s upcoming announcement.
“He and I are talking, and I can’t speak his name yet, but he knows what I’m going to say,” he explained. “We talk to each other constantly, two or three times a day. We laugh like pirates.”
It is unclear what Roth was referring to when he said he could not “speak for” Van Halen. Fox News has reached out to drummer’s representatives for comment.
Ruth said that “my beloved colleague passed away” recently – a clear reference to the late Eddie Van Halen – He’s been on his mind lately, and he scored his upcoming 67th birthday on October 10.
“I’m encouraged and compelled to really understand how short my time is, maybe my time is shorter,” Roth said.
He admitted that he expected to be the “first” member of Van Halen to die.
“Hey Ed, the stuff in the rearview mirror is probably me,” said the musician. “And my doctors, my therapist, have forced me to really address that every time I get on stage, I’m jeopardizing that future.”
He explained that for 50 years, he gave his audience everything he had, as he would ask any artist on stage to do, “whether you go out with a guitar or an orchestra.”
Roach remembers his early days with the band when he was paying them less than $200 a night, and they spent most of the money on gas.
“It was a Saturday night supper club, we’d get there at 3 a.m. and order everything on the menu, all three bananas, Grand Slam breakfasts with bacon, and those with sausage,” Ruth recalled. “We put two tables together…this policeman came walking by—this was Cup Town—and asked, ‘Who are you all?’” ‘ I said, ‘Sir, we’re a rock ‘n’ roll band!’ He said, ‘Do you have enough cash for all this? And we all pulled out $125 green, crisp, sweat through-[expletive[-shoes, money.”
He added that he remembers those days “like they were yesterday” and recently reminisced on that very story with Alex Van Halen recently.
“I just found some pants upstairs. I save some of the old clothes,” revealed the star, who was also known for colorful and fashion-forward outfits. “I was a size 29. Eddie was a size 26. That’s where we came from.”
“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 of his upcoming shows. “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.”
He concluded saying that his career has “been an amazing, great run,” adding that he has “no regrets, nothing to say about anybody.”
The rocker added: “I’ll miss you all. Stay frosty.”