After rumours circulated about a Van Halen reunion show coming to a stadium near us soon, David Lee Roth has appeared to crush our hopes and dreams.
Last year, David Lee Roth suggested Van Halen were primed for a return to playing baseball stadiums in the United States, but now the frontman has pretty much hit the nail into the coffin lid on the band, saying “I think Van Halen’s finished” in a recent interview.
Way to absolutely destroy our hopes for a Van Halen reunion tour.
We all know that when it comes to interviews and press spots, Diamond Dave is a near impossibility to unravel and understand with his affinity for cryptic riddles, coded messages, suggestive truths and a sense of humour that sometimes feels like he’s the only one in the world who can truly understand what it is he’s saying.
“That’s been canceled a number of times,” Roth told WRIF “Meltdown” of the rumoured summer 2019 Van Halen tour. “I think Van Halen’s finished and this is the next phase,” he continued, turning his attention toward his newly-announced Las Vegas resident set for next year.
Speaking about the current state of the legendary rock group, the singer divulged, “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 [Van Halen] got his own story to tell. [It’s] not mine to tell it.”
Roth will be performing a string of solo shows at the House of Blues in Las Vegas in January and March of 2020, performing a career-spanning 26-song set.
Van Halen last played a show together on Oct. 4, 2015, as they closed out their tour with back-to-back performances at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.