DAVID LEE ROTH: 'I'm only in the middle of my first retirement'
David Lee Roth has hinted that he will take part in an all-star VAN HALEN tribute project with Alex Van Halen and Joe Satriani.
Last month, Satriani confirmed to the “Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen” classic rock show that the trio has been in regular contact over the past year “about doing something — a tour, something like that — that was gonna be a true tribute to late VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen and the VAN HALEN legacy,” he said.
Roth, who announced he was stepping away from the stage in October 2021, talked about his participation in a possible VAN HALEN tribute tour when he was spotted earlier this week by Fox News leaving the Los Angeles International Airport. Asked if he was going back on tour any time soon, the 67-year-old VAN HALEN frontman simply responded: “There’s always a tomorrow for a singer, not so much for a trombone player these days.”
He added: “How many times did Rocky retire? Seven. I think No. 3 was my favorite? How many times did Rambo have to come out of retirement in order to make the sequel?”
He added: “I’m only in the middle of my first retirement.”
In January, Roth canceled the remaining farewell shows he was set to play at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m calling it ‘The Last Tour’,” he said at the time, “and then underneath it in parentheses: ‘Unless It Isn’t’. … At my age, everything is a possible farewell tour.”
“It’s been a long great trip, a long great run,” he continued. “But this kind of music requires the kind of energy that people in their 20s bring. You know what NFL stands for: Not For Long. It’s similar in rock. I remember the days when we would stand around and say, ‘Let’s go have a cigarette.’ And that’s what we did: Four guys having one cigarette. I remember those days. They go by fast, so enjoy them while you’re in them.”
Roth‘s 2020 Vegas residency wasn’t the first time he had set up shop in Sin City. Back in 1995, David completed a Las Vegas engagement at Bally’s Hotel and Casino and another short run at MGM Grand.