Hagar Leads Tributes To Montrose

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March 5, 2012 | 3:56am EST

Rocker Sammy Hagar has paid tribute to his former Montrose bandmate Ronnie Montrose, who died on Saturday.
The rock guitarist, 64, passed away at his home in Millbrae, California after a long battle with prostate cancer and his close friend Hagar has led the tributes.

The former Van Halen star reveals he was planning to meet up with Montrose and their ex-bandmates Denny Carmassi and Bill Church for a party to mark Hagar’s 65th birthday later this year.

In a post on his website, he writes, “Ronnie Montrose gave me my first break as a songwriter, as a frontman, as a recording artist, as a touring artist, and for that I will always be grateful.

“I was looking forward to a reunion for my birthday bash in Cabo with Denny, Bill and Ronnie – one of the few bands from that era where all four original members were still able to do it. It’s a shame to lose Ronnie and I’m so sorry for his loved ones. Rest in peace.”