Hay Pays Tribute To Men At Work Bandmate Ham

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April 19, 2012 | 11:26am EST

Men At Work star Colin Hay has led the tributes to his bandmate Greg Ham, who was found dead at his home in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday.
The body of a 58-year-old man was discovered at the musician’s property in Carlton North, and Hay has been left devastated by his passing.

He says, “We played in a band and conquered the world together. I love him very much. He’s a beautiful man. I’m hoping (his family) are receiving the love and support they need and deserve.”

Hay also opened up about his fondest memories of his pal, recalling, “I met Greg Ham 40 years ago at (comedian) Kim Gyngell’s house in 1972. Last year of high school. He had blond hair, rosy cheeks, ridiculous bright eyes. He was sharp, real sharp. We were friends from then on, we liked each other.

“We shared countless times together, from stumbling through Richmond after playing the Cricketers Arms, to helicoptering into New York City, to appear on Saturday Night Live, or flying through dust storms in Arizona, above the Grand Canyon, or getting lost, driving aimlessly through the Gippsland countryside.”

But Hay is adamant Ham’s legacy will live on through his music, adding: “The saxophone solo on Who Can It Be Now was the rehearsal take. We kept it, that was the one. He’s here forever.”