Past Event

Apr 27 2012
A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life in Music @ Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA


Montrose w/ Gamma, All-Star Band.


Show 8:00PM.

"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

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

Rolling Stone: Sammy Hagar remembers Ronnie Montrose

More info and photos at BAM Magazine




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 15 Redhead Comments

SilverLights's picture

The tribute celebration was amazing. Ronnie was one-of-a-kind. Thanks for making it an evening to remember and see you with the 'Foot on the 25th. Peace.

onemorshow's picture

I posted all the Montrose videos above if you can't wait for the official one. The rest of the show will be up shortly. :-)

kindbud's picture

You got your wish they did film this show with some heavy duty cameras on tracks I am sure this will be some kind of dvd release.'s picture

2 general admission tix on stubhub? A few bucks more than I should've spent...
Taking my big brother for his 50th B-Day to see Sammy? PRICELESS!

Sammy, you got a couple of aging up-front fanatics heading your way! We'll give Ronnie one hell of a wake!

ktanton's picture

Please record this show - its will be fabulious and everyone wants to be there...Please record - God Speed Ronnie!!!

mrrz500's picture

Yeah tickets were all gone before AXS.COM opened. I was logged in way before they opened. Billing info all filled out and waiting in the waiting room. They opened and in less than 10 seconds it showed nothing available. Can't figure out why tickets would be advertised for sale to the general public at AXS.COM when there wasn't.

kindbud's picture

Scored four on the floor wanted vip but they were sold out was hoping to meet the man (sammy)

Christym's picture

Sold out before they even went onsale. Very disappointing.

Pablo Roboto's picture

Hope to score some tickets for my wife and I.

Mango's picture

Tears will be shed and great music played this night for a Rock n Roll legend. RIP Ronnie

Chairezj5150's picture

I'm going. This is going to be a great concert.

kindbud's picture

This is going to be a great show. Hope i score some tickets.

OneLMichele's picture

This will be a great tribute to a wonderful entertainer. RIP Ronnie, thanks for the music!

Doogerp's picture

I hear that about being closer to the LOU.

Lisa Sitler's picture

Wish it was closer to Alabama or St Louis Mo.