German rockers the Scorpions have paid tribute to their manager Peter Amend, who passed away on Monday (01Sep14).

Calling the financial genius "our dear friend", the group released a statement on Tuesday (02Sep14), revealing just how important Amend was to the bandmates.

They write, "Peter Amend was more than just a manager and economic and legal consultant for us. He was an important part of the Scorpions and was also a driving force in the artistic and strategic decisions of the band with his infinite knowledge and his sensitivity to the music.

"Due to his advice and influence, we achieved great international success in recent years. Peter, you will always be in our hearts forever and a day."

Amend was the Wind of Change hitmakers' lawyer and manager from 1991 until his death.