Anyone who's ever listened to even 30 seconds of vintage Van Halen knows Diamond Dave had an appetite for sex bordering on the obscene. The man was hot for teacher, had a highly organized system for selecting groupies!
When it came time to have his mic stand polished by adoring female fans, Dave liked to have a wide selection of women from which to choose. He created "Diamond Dave's Bonus Program" to incentivize members of the Van Halen road crew he roped into corralling his nightly cabal of wet, willing disciples. Each member of the crew was given five backstage passes to distribute during every show. Whomever handed out the pass to a woman he slept with was awarded $100.
The program was so popular, it increased crew efficiency, cutting the time it took to tear down at the end of the night in half.
MTV VJ Mark Goodman got to know David Lee Roth well in the 1980s, when Van Halen was one of the most popular groups in the country and had a strong relationship with the music network. According to Goodman, Diamond Dave developed a highly organized system for picking women from the crowd he wanted to sleep with.
As Goodman explains, "When Dave was touring, both with Van Halen and solo, he had the barriers in front of the stage painted different colors on the side that faced him: red, blue, and green, to denote the different areas of the audience. He’d look for hot girls in the crowd, and between songs, he would go to his assistant Eddie on the side of the stage, and say, 'Green, right, fourteen rows back, three seats in.' The assistant would go out into the audience and stick a pass on her (breasts). So after the show, there’d be twenty-five girls in the dressing room who all thought they’d been singled out to be with Dave that night. In fact, a number of them would be. The others would end up with other band members — or, if necessary, the crew.
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