David Lee Roth he will be retiring in January of next year.

David is est known for his lead singer role in the rock band, Van Halen, and his energetic presence on stage.

He met the Van Halen brothers while he attended Pasadena City College. David joined their band, which was called Mammoth, before the band changed its name to Van Halen.

After gaining traction in the Los Angeles area and releasing their debut album called Van Halen in 1978, the band became nationally known.

David was born in Indiana and moved to Pasadena, California, in his early teens.

After his first stint with Van Halen, the musician embarked in his solo career. He released the his debut solo EP, Eat ‘Em and and Smile, which sold over two million copies in the US and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard top 200.

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He rejoined Van Halen twice since he left the band. The group officially disbanded in 2020 after Eddie died of cancer.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of Van Halen.

Although David’s career was primarily music, he did other things. In the late 1990s, he trained as an EMT and went on more than 200 ambulance rides. He also appeared on The Sopranos TV series, and hosted a radio talk show in 2006, dubbed The David Lee Roth Show. Since the age of 12, David has been a martial artist.

The announcement comes just days after Roth confirmed a Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day as well as January 5, 7 and 8.

“I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows,” Roth, who will turn 67 in October, confirmed.

“I’ve got a band that is doing what Al [Alex Van Halen] and I used to call a ‘block,’ that means 75 rehearsals for one show,” he explained. “We are bringing it in classic VH [Van Halen] 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.”

‘Diamond Dave’ gave no indication whether this meant that drummer Alex Van Halen would take part in any of the upcoming shows as his message was a tad cryptic, as is typical of many things the singer says.

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Behemoth’s fearless leader Nergal has a mission statement of taking his music and message of Satanism around the world. The Polish legends’ live act comes across more as a ritual than a traditional metal show, with Nergal at its crux. His vein-popping bark spews blasphemies as his wide-eyed gaze pierces fans, especially when serving communion to the ones at the barrier. His grand vision is translated across the studio, stage and highly artful music videos, making him one of extreme metal’s most revered assets up front.

EDDIE’S DIAGNOSIS

Eddie was first diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2000 and had to have a third of his tongue removed.

He was declared cancer-free a couple of years later, but TMZ reported in 2019 that his cancer had returned, only this time it was in his throat.

The rocker had been reportedly flying back and forth between the United States and Germany for five years to get radiation treatment.

Sources told the outlet that the treatment seemed to be keeping the throat cancer in check and that Eddie was doing well, but that all took a turn after it spread to his brain and other organs.

The Netherlands-born, California-raised rock icon shared one child, son Wolfgang, with ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, who he was married to from 1981 to 2007.

After his death was confirmed, rock’s biggest stars, including Kiss’ Gene Simmons, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and members of Aerosmith, paid tribute to him online.

Van Halen formed in California in 1972 with Eddie, his brother Alex as drummer, David on vocals and Michael Anthony as bassist until 1985 when Eddie and Roth famously fell out.

Following the bust-up, the band went through several different line-ups, but Roth eventually returned to the group in January 2007 as they embarked on a new 40-date tour. 

The band went on to release their final album together, A Different Kind Of Truth, in 2012 and remained an active band until Eddie’s death last year. 

A group shot of Van Halen: Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen.
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“Al and I have been talking, and I can’t speak for him just yet, but he knows what I am about to say,” he explained. “We speak 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 the drummer’s reps for comment.

Roth said that the recent “departure of my beloved classmate” – a clear reference to the late Eddie Van Halen – had been on his mind recently, and made note of his upcoming 67th birthday on Oct. 10.

“I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter,” Roth said.

Rock legend David Lee Roth has announced that he is stepping back from his prolific music career.

The former Van Halen vocalist said he will be “throwing in the shoes” in January after doing his last five concerts at the House of Blues Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

‘I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring. 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. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows,” Roth told Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Roth, 67, said he has been contemplating ‘the departure of my beloved classmate recently” and is “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. And my doctors, my handlers, compelled me to really address that every time I go onstage, I endanger that future,” he added.

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