John 5 on David Lee Roth's retirement: “Instead of us being upset and mad about it, I say, 'Thank you for the music and the memories'”

[L-R] John 5 and David Lee Roth
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John 5 has shared his thoughts on David Lee Roth's recently announced retirement, thanking him for “the music and the memories”.

In a new conversation on the Jeremy White Podcast, the guitarist – who earned his first big break playing on David Lee Roth's 1998 solo album, DLR Band – spoke on the former Van Halen frontman “throwing in the shoes”. 

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.