David Lee Roth Adds More Shows to Farewell Residency


Former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth (lights the menorah) announced his retirement in October, proclaiming that an upcoming five-show residency in Las Vegas would be his final musical adventure.

Roth has now added four more dates to that residency along with an “aww, shucks, you care about little ol’ ME?” statement that’s 100% insincere but also 100% Dave. I mean that in the best way.

The new dates will take place after the existing ones. The whole residency now looks like this, set to take place at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay: December 31, January 1, January 5, January 7, January 8, January 14, January 15, January 21, January 22. Tickets are now on sale here if you’re lucky enough to snatch some.

DLR offered of the newly added shows:

“David Lee here. I had no idea how many people wanted to see me go. Okay, that sounded wrong. [Laughs] All right. Don’t turn it off. David Lee here, for the second time. I had no idea how many of you wanted to pay to see me go. [Laughs] So I’m putting more tickets on sale, instead of doing the wrong thing and pissing more people off. I have industry professionals now ringing in, telling me, ‘Dave, at your age, you should be in the middle of your third retirement. Did you watch ‘Rocky’ movies? He’s on his seventh. Same guy, ‘Rambo’ — fifth. He’s about 14 retirements ahead of you.’ Just when I get out, they drag me back in.

“Look, I’m vulnerable. I feel sensitive. If I sound that way to you, I’m in the middle of my first retirement. And I’m gonna extend my world goodbye tour of Las Vegas at the House Of Blues for two more weekends — like any good fucking barbecue. Just like you would, if you could.”

Roth already hinted days after his initial retirement announcement that he might not be retiring after all by revealing the residency’s title to be The Last Tour (Unless It Isn’t). Might we see Dave back out there in another year or two?

The iconic former Van Halen singer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in October that he’d soon be calling it quits:

“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’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.”

Roth seemed to predict his retirement in his 1991 music video, “A Lil’ Ain’t Enough.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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