When Ronnie Montrose died March 3, 2012, friends and musicians wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock's most influential guitarists. The result was a tribute concert that April, dubbed Concert for Ronnie Montrose: A Celebration of His Life In Music. Now the concert is coming to DVD on December 10.
There's only one way to celebrate 40 years of rock, and that's with your friends. Sammy Hagar's new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends is a collection of songs that pay tribute to the Red Rocker's musical success. With contributions by such giants as Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Nancy Wilson and Michael Anthony (among others), Hagar not only looks back on his solo career, but also his time with Montrose, Van Halen and current bands the Waboritas and Chickenfoot.
This past Friday, the remaining members of Montrose — along with some very special guests — took the stage at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of the late guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who committed suicide last month at the age of 64.
Guitarist Ronnie Montrose died Saturday, March 3, after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 64. Montrose led his own bands -- including Montrose -- and performed or recorded with Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter and others.
Speaking to Radio Metal recently, the Red Rocker got his chance to share his thoughts on the new Van Halen record, and sound off about whether VH or Chickenfoot are the reigning four-piece rock band of today.
With the current incarnation of Guns N' Roses on tour and the pending Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod, a lot -- well, more than usual -- of speculation about the original lineup of GNR getting back together, at least for a performance at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.