Sammy Hagar Pays Heartwarming Tribute To His “Dear Friend” Toby Keith

Sammy Hagar Pays Heartwarming Tribute To His “Dear Friend” Toby Keith | Society Of Rock Videos

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In a heartfelt tribute to his late friend Toby Keith, Sammy Hagar took the stage at the CMT Awards, delivering a touching performance that resonated with fans and honored the memory of the country music legend.

Toby Keith, known for hits like “I Love This Bar,” passed away earlier this year at the age of 62 after battling stomach cancer. His absence left a void in the music world, felt deeply by his colleagues and fans alike.

At the CMT Awards, Hagar, adorned in a shirt bearing Keith’s name, performed a poignant cover of “I Love This Bar,” accompanied by Keith’s band. Despite his initial apprehension, Hagar poured his emotions into the performance, transforming sadness into joy as he celebrated the life and legacy of his dear friend.

Hagar used social media to thank Keith’s family for the opportunity to honor him after giving thought to the event. He spoke of the overwhelmingly positive energy and love that permeated the space, transforming his tears of sorrow into happy ones. Hagar acknowledged the significant influence Keith had on both his life and the lives of many others, expressing his joy and gratitude at being a part of the homage.

Hagar shared on his Facebook page:

“It was a beautiful experience to say the least, so proud and honored to have been invited.
“We all miss that bigger than life, wonderful man, Mr. Toby Keith.”

2024 Tour Plans

Honoring the memory of his friends and partners is something Hagar is steadfastly devoted to doing while navigating the music industry. Looking ahead to his 2024 tour schedule, Hagar said that a Van Halen-focused tour will begin in July. With the help of drummer Jason Bonham, bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani, and his own Circle group, Hagar hopes to commemorate the legendary rock band’s back catalog.

Aptly dubbed the “Thank You Tour,” the tour will include a blend of hits from Sammy Hagar’s previous musical projects, such as Montrose and Chickenfoot, plus Van Halen oldies. Hagar’s emotional statement of thanks and a salute to Eddie Van Halen’s early years of Van Halen’s career guarantee an unforgettable experience for fans on this tour.

Sammy Hagar’s continuous dedication to commemorating his friends and musical inspirations stands as a reminder of the ability of music to bring people together, heal, and commemorate the lives of those we hold dear in a field that is characterized by loss and change. Hagar asks listeners to join him in expressing gratitude to the music’s living icons as well as to the fans who are supporting it as he sets off on his newest tour.

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