Monday, September 30, 2019

David Lee Roth says Van Halen is finished

David Lee Roth says that Van Halen is "finished" in a new interview promoting his upcoming residency in Las Vegas.

Asked if he was "bummed out" that he couldn't tour with the band this past summer – as he had hinted would happen – Roth tells WRIF Detroit’s Meltdown: "That's been canceled a number of times, and I think Van Halen's finished and this is the next phase. I've inherited the band de facto – whatever that means. I think it means if you inherit it, carry this proudly.

“Van Halen isn't gonna be coming back in the fashion that you know. And that being said, Eddie's got his own story to tell…not mine to tell it."

Listen to Roth on the “Talking Rock With Meltdown” podcast at

Roth’s latest remarks come on the heels of comments he made earlier this month about the band’s status, telling KSLX Phoenix, AZ: "I'm the face of Van Halen from this point on, most likely. I'm not sure what's happening with Ed, but he's probably not gonna answer the bell this time. And it's not my place to guess. But we've been in touch. The fellows who I'm working with in terms of my road crew and the amps come from Van Halen."

When asked if he was implying that the guitar icon has been dealing with some health issues, the singer added: "I hear all the same rumors that you do and it's not my place to guess."

Van Halen have been on an extended hiatus since the completion of a 2015 tour; the band’s most recent studio release is 2012’s “A Different Kind Of Truth.”

The group will release a new box set entitled “The Japanese Singles 1978-1984” on November 1; the package collects all 13 7” vinyl singles issued in Japan during the band’s original era, from the band’s 1978 self-titled debut to their sixth album, “1984.”

Roth will launch his Las Vegas residency at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino with a three-show run in January and a six-night series in March.

"David Lee Roth: Rocks Vegas" will see the rocker deliver a changing set of 26 instantly recognizable songs, from Van Halen and his solo career.

See also:

Van Halen to release Japanese singles box set
David Lee Roth announces Las Vegas residency
Michael Anthony details failed attempt at Van Halen reunion tour
David Lee Roth shares Van Halen update
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