David Lee Roth doesn’t believe Van Halen will ever return. The singer declared them to be “finished” while being interviewed, after he was asked about what happened to the Van Halen stadium tour that was in the planning stages for this past summer but never materialized.
“That’s been canceled a number of times” he explained. “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’s [Van Halen] got his own story to tell. Not mine to tell it.”
A few weeks ago, Roth cast doubt upon the future of the band with similar words. “I’m the face of Van Halen from this point on, most likely,” he said. “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.”
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