David Lee Roth Announces 2020 Las Vegas Residency
David Lee Roth is returning to Las Vegas and, apparently, to his solo career.
The longtime and current Van Halen singer has announced a nine-date solo residency at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino House of Blues, with shows scheduled for Jan. 8, 10 and 11 and March 18, 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28.
A press release promises that Roth will play all the expected big hits and "delight fans with an explosive two-guitar sound," but makes no mention of who will make up the singer's band.
“A weekend with me is interactive way beyond just music," Roth declared. "It starts with the best food on earth. The fellas smoke their three cigarettes for the year and we all stay up way past our bedtime!”
The new shows will happen nearly 25 years after Roth's first Vegas residency, which found him mixing Van Halen hits with standards such as James Brown's "Living in America" with the help of a 14-piece band named the Blues-Bustin' Mambo Slammers.
He and his Van Halen bandmates were widely rumored to announce a tour this past summer, with former bassist Michael Anthony confirming he was approached about participating in some capacity. The band, which now features Roth alongside Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen, hasn't performed together since October 2015 and hasn't released a new album since 2012's A Different Kind of Truth.
In November 2015, Roth nearly reunited with Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan and Gregg Bissonette, with whom he recorded his debut solo album, 1986's Eat 'Em and Smile, for a club show in Hollywood, but overcrowding forced the fire department to empty the building.
For this return to Sin City, Roth may want to wear a nametag. Earlier this year, footage of Roth crashing a Las Vegas hotel-room bachelor party that was playing Van Halen music --only to find the revelers didn't recognize him -- earned some laughs on social media.
Tickets for David Lee Roth Rocks Vegas go on sale Sept. 14.