David Lee Roth Officially Cancels Residency Shows
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David Lee Roth‘s sold-out New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day performances at the House of Blues Las Vegas were canceled just days beforehand. All of the remaining dates are cancelled as well due to concerns about the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
Roth remained silent on the matter and just posted on his Instagram an artwork with the words, “A funny thing happened on the way to Las Vegas.” The venue organizers confirmed the news to the Las Vegas Review Journal and released a statement saying,
“Due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID and out of an abundance of caution for those working and attending the shows, the David Lee Roth performances scheduled for Dec. 31, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022, have been canceled. Refunds will be automatically processed, and ticketholders will be notified directly.”
The former Van Halen frontman planned to do his farewell shows at this residency. Last September, it can be remembered when Roth announced in the Las Vegas Review Journal that he’s retiring from his career as a rock and roll stage performer saying,
“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.”
After the death of Eddie Van Halen, Roth was concerned about his own health issues thus the reasons behind the decision.
“I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter,” Roth explained adding, “And my doctors, my handlers, compelled me to really address that every time I go onstage, I endanger that future.”