David Lee Roth Cancels Las Vegas Residency
Former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has cancelled his entire Las Vegas residency. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the scheduled sold-out shows at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay have been called off. Roth, who is 67, was scheduled to perform on New Year’s Eve. However, representatives announced that the New Year’s shows were being moved to February 11-12 instead, “Due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID and out of an abundance of caution for those working and attending the shows,” referring to the recent spikes in the now-dominant Omicron virus that is spreading like wildfire.
After the initial announcement, the host venue House of Blues marked all of the future shows as cancelled on their website that includes all future Friday and Saturday night shows starting on January 14-15, January 21-22 and February 11-12. Ticket-holders don’t need to do anything; refunds will be will be automatically processed.
Last October, Roth expressed that he had some health challenges while indicating the Las Vegas performances would be his swan song. “My doctors, my handlers, compelled me to really address that every time I go onstage, I endanger (my) future” Roth stated. The loss of former Van Halen bandmate Eddie Van Halen may have shed light on his own health concerns, prompting the singer to perform a few legacy shows for fans of the longtime frontman. “I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring,” announced Roth last September, a month prior to the residency tour announcement.
At the time of this post, there has been no formal announcement from Roth or concert promoter Live Nation regarding the cancellation of the residency shows.