David Lee RothThe obvious retirement party will have to wait, as before Van Halen The singer canceled his entire residency in Las Vegas. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer previously declared that the planned gigs at the House of Blues Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino were his last performances since.
The residency was initially set to consist of five performances, and then expanded to nine when four more dates were added. Going into the holiday weekend, the first two performances (December 31 and January 1) were first posted “due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID and due to a lot of caution for those who work and attend movies. ” Then on Monday (January 3), the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that all nine performances were canceled.
While COVID’s safety was cited for the initial postponement of the first two shows, no official reason was given for the cancellation of the entire residency. However, Roth secretly shared an original piece of art on social media that read, “A funny thing happened on the streets of Las Vegas.”
When asked by Fox News Digital if the canceled residency meant he would find another way to play his final shows, the veteran rocker replied, “It’s not about me anymore. When the benefits for Kentucky, Colorado, and Farm Aid start, call me. ”
When he announced that the Vegas residency performances would be his last performances, Roth insisted, “I’ve already given you everything I can give. It was an amazing, beautiful run, no regrets, nothing to say about anyone. I miss you all. ”
He also revealed that his decision may have something to do with health issues, saying he thinks later bandmate Eddie Van Halen will survive him. “I thought I might be the first, frankly,” Roth said. “I thought maybe I got the Marlboro Man. ‘Hey Ed, the rearview mirror stuff maybe me.’ … And my doctors, my managers, forced me to say that every time I go on stage, I put that future in jeopardy. ”
Vegas gigs are a hot ticket, with that Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the entire run had been sold out. All performances are marked “canceled” on Ticketmaster, and without any notice when they will be rescheduled.