Hagar frustrated over Montrose tribute DVD

December 31, 2012

Sammy Hagar says the estate of Ronnie Montrose is behind the delay in releasing the guitarist’s tribute show DVD.

And the frustrated singer vows that if the concert film doesn’t hit shelves soon, he’ll take action himself.

Guitar icon Montrose shot himself in March this year. He had suffered from clinical depression for much of his life, and the deaths of his uncle and dog within weeks of each other are understood to have been factors in his decision to commit suicide.

The following month, surviving Montrose members Hagar, Bill Church and Denny Carmassi fronted a memorial event that also starred Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Tommy Thayer, Jimmy DeGrasso and many others.

It was filmed, and an early release was predicted – but it’s yet to take place.

Answering fan questions in the video below, Chickenfoot frontman Hagar says: “There were some problems with the Montrose estate people. They weren’t co-operating and stuff.

“But we filmed everything and it was great stuff. If it doesn’t get done sooner than later I’m going to just take it and do it myself.”

In other answers, the Red Rocker says he’d love to jam with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Jimmy Page, he wants to write a recipe book and he tries to use social media to “make the world better.”

Asked about his plans to import sea salt from Mexico to flavour his own brand of tequila, Hagar replies: “I have these big buckets, two big buckets, and I come back privately so I have to go through the same customs procedures.

“I stick it in the corner of my airplane somewhere and they haven’t looked twice now. If they ever open that baby up you know I’m going to be detained for a while – because it doesn’t look like salt.”

Chickenfoot are planning a year without action in 2013 due to drummer Chad Smith’s commitments to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Satriani’s solo work. But the singer says he and bassist Michael Anthony might work on a project together.

 

-Classic Rock Magazine

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