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Sep 27 1975
Winterland
San Francisco, CA
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WHO

Montrose.

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Show 08:00PM. Video from this show is available at Wolfgang's Vault here.

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Past Event

Apr 27 2012
A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life in Music @ Regency Ballroom
San Francisco, CA
4

WHO

Montrose w/ Gamma, All-Star Band.

NOTES

Show 08:00PM.

"A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" will feature the original Montrose lineup (Sammy Hagar, vocals; Bill Church, bass; and Denny Carmassi, drums), performing the landmark first Montrose album, with special guest Joe Satriani on lead guitar. The original Gamma lineup (Davey Pattison, vocals; Glenn Letsch, bass; Denny Carmassi, drums) will also be on hand, with special guest Marc Bonilla on lead guitar. There will also be an All-Star band, composed of many of the great musicians that Ronnie played with over the years. Some of those confirmed artists include: Neal Schon from Journey, Steve Smith formerly from Journey, members of Tesla, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, Rickie Philips from Styx, Eric Singer from KISS, Tommy Thayer of KISS and Jimmy DeGrasso from Y & T and Alice Cooper.

Ronnie Montrose was born in San Francisco and moved with his family to Colorado when he was two, returning back to his native home when he was 19 years old. In 1969, he started a band with Bill Church called Sawbuck, but that project got sidetracked when Ronnie was hired to do studio work with Van Morrison (Tupelo Honey)Boz ScaggsEdgar WinterHerbie Hancock, and others. In 1973, he formed his own band, Montrose, who recorded two albums together.  The debut Montrose album went platinum and has been called the “first American heavy metal album.” In 1979, Ronnie formed Gamma, who recorded four albums. Ronnie continued to record through the 1980s and 1990s, and Gamma put out their fifth album in 2005.

This is from Leighsa Montrose, Ronnie’s beloved wife: “Ronnie was the kindest man I had ever met. I am honored that he was my husband and best friend as well. We slept together, we woke each morning together and we shared every meal together. We savored every moment that we had together. I am so proud of him for the man he was, which extended far beyond his musical abilities. I am full of joy to have been a part of his life, and I'm so happy that he was a part of mine. I dearly thank all of you for your friendship and love you shared with him. I know it meant everything to him. All love, Mrs. Leighsa Montrose”

Sammy Hagar stated, "One of my top priorities this year was a Montrose reunion. Ronnie and I planned to do it in Cabo in October. I am so sad it won't happen, but on April 27th, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and I are going to play the hell out of some Montrose!!!"

Tickets to "A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" will go on sale on March 30 at 10am.  General admission tickets are $55.00 and VIP Reserved tickets are $175.00. Tickets available at AXS.com

A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Ronnie Montrose Fund for San Francisco Bay Area Musicians through SweetRelief.org.

Rolling Stone: Sammy Hagar remembers Ronnie Montrose

More info and photos at BAM Magazine

 

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Alan Fitzgerald

Instruments: 
Bass
Instruments: 
Keyboards

1973

Montrose, produced by Ted Templeman and released in 1973, was Montro's debut album. It featured then little known Sammy Hagar on vocals. While considered a classic by many hard rock fans, tracks from the album have received scant airplay on the radio with "Bad Motor Scooter" being the only possible exception. Without proper support from the record label Montrose eventually went under. But the album has collected quite a following over the years and eventually went platinum.

Primary Album: 

Denny Carmassi

Instruments: 
Drums

Bill Church

Instruments: 
Bass
Bill Church

Bill "Electric" Church was recruited along with Sammy Hagar and drummer Denny Carmassi to play in Montrose. Church rejoined Sammy when he went solo for eight studio albums from Nine on a Ten Scale (1976) to VOA (1984) until Sammy left to front Van Halen. Most recently Bill reunited with Sammy and Denny Carmassi to play the music of Montrose first at a tribute to Ronnie, and then as part of the "4 Decades of Rock" show.

Ronnie Montrose

Instruments: 
Guitar

Sammy Hagar

Instruments: 
Vocals
Instruments: 
Guitar
Birthplace: 
Monterey, CA

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