Although he's hinted at it over the past few months, David Lee Roth has revealed that he's believes the classic lineup of Van Halen is over. Ultimate Classic Rock posted some of the transcript from “Diamond Dave's” interview on the Talkin' Rock With Meltdown podcast from Detroit's WRIF, where he explained that a planned Van Halen stadium tour never gained stream and was ultimately abandoned: “That's been canceled a number of times. And I think Van Halen's finished and this (upcoming solo Las Vegas residency) 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 (Van Halen's) got his own story to tell. Not mine to tell it.”
Van Halen last performed on October 4th, 2015 at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl. Last month during a chat with Phoenix's KSLX, Roth declared “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. It’s not my place to guess.”
Alex and Eddie Van Halen's relationship with David Lee Roth has always been strained — from even before the band was signed to a record deal. During their initial split with Roth, they explained what part of the problem might have been: (Alex): “The joke has become 'the LSD thing' — that's 'Lead Singer's Disease' — and it's not an entirely off-base kind of a comment. (Eddie): Oh, no, it ain't. (Alex): Because not all lead singers, but most of them, are in a different. . . they're on a different planet. (Eddie): No, they think the planet revolves around them. (Alex): A band is like a team. You may have a star player or two, but it's still a team. Without the team, you're really dead in the water.”
A while back we talked with Van Halen's second frontman, Sammy Hagar, who admitted that working with Eddie Van Halen had simply become an insufferable situation for making music: “I don't get along with Eddie anymore, and that's all there is to it. I think the whole world knows that he's changed. And I don't know what his problem is, but he's miserable and he likes to make everyone around him miserable. And I'm the happiest guy on the planet, and anybody who makes me miserable I don't want to be around. And so, that's a simple way to put it.”
David Lee Roth will perform at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino's House of Blues venue on January 8th, 10th, and 11th; and returning for a six-show run on March 18th, 20th, 21st, 25th, 27th, and 28th.