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Thu Dec 4, 2014, 01:27 AM Dec 2014

CIA Admits Role In 1985 Coup To Oust David Lee Roth

LANGLEY, VA—Shedding new light on a tumultuous period of upheaval that dominated international headlines nearly 30 years ago, the U.S. government declassified hundreds of documents Tuesday that confirm the CIA covertly organized and executed the coup that ousted lead singer David Lee Roth from Van Halen.

According to a preliminary analysis, the newly released information includes more than 1,600 pages of formerly top-secret material detailing the CIA’s clandestine plot to infiltrate the platinum-selling rock group and unseat the magnetic, impulsive musician from his leadership position in the spring of 1985. The documents reveal that the agency worked behind the scenes for years, beginning after the release of the disco-inflected “Push Comes To Shove” single in 1981, to foment the internal turmoil and unrest needed to destabilize the band and ultimately force Roth to step down from the American heavy metal act.

“As Van Halen’s creative direction became uncertain in the early 1980s, it became increasingly apparent that we would have to take the steps necessary to remove Roth from power,” said former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence John N. McMahon, describing the covert process by which he and his colleagues quietly forced a schism between the vocalist and members of the band’s inner circle in order to disrupt the dangerous cult of personality that had taken hold around the hard-rock frontman. “Well before the commencement of the Hide Your Sheep Tour, Roth had become too unpredictable, too brazen, and he was preventing the band’s sound from moving toward synthesizer-driven, radio-friendly rock. So, we felt we needed to act, and quickly.”

“Quite simply, our office determined that Roth was no longer fit to exercise control over Van Halen, and that his aspirations for the band were not aligned with the best interests of the American people,” he continued.

Dubbed Operation Diamond Cutter by the select top-ranking CIA administrators who orchestrated the plot, the confidential initiative reportedly sought to quietly undermine Roth’s influence within Van Halen and replace him with Sammy Hagar, a charismatic but largely inert puppet leader who agency officials were confident would be easily manipulated once installed atop the iconic rock group.

The CIA confirmed that it was able to exploit preexisting strains in the band by capitalizing on internal concerns over Roth’s long-term musical ambitions following the release of his solo EP, as well as pent-up tensions that had simmered for years after the lukewarm commercial and critical reception of Van Halen’s Fair Warning album. Additionally, American intelligence operatives succeeded in enlisting Roth’s manager and utilizing the double agent to convince his client that relinquishing his position would allow him to pursue what was portrayed as a budding and potentially prosperous film career.


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CIA Admits Role In 1985 Coup To Oust David Lee Roth (Original Post) Blue_Tires Dec 2014 OP
!!! orleans Dec 2014 #1
I had to check to see that murielm99 Dec 2014 #2
But they still refuse to acknowledge that Yoko was planted to destroy the Beatles Derek V Dec 2014 #5
THREAD WIN!!!! nt MADem Dec 2014 #9
I knew it!!!!!! GOLGO 13 Dec 2014 #3
The "Hide Your Sheep Tour" LOL panader0 Dec 2014 #4
I disagree. Diamond Dave was a tyrant who ought to be tried for crimes against humanity. Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2014 #6
The bass player is a historical figure too. olddots Dec 2014 #7
And they can't do anything about ColdPlay? Wtf guys chrisa Dec 2014 #8


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6. I disagree. Diamond Dave was a tyrant who ought to be tried for crimes against humanity.
Thu Dec 4, 2014, 01:05 PM
Dec 2014

And when I say "crimes against humanity", I'm referring to "Jump", of course.

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