Sunday, 30 November 2014

Ronnie Montrose Would Be 67th Birthday


"You know you don't please everybody" - Ronnie Montrose
 Ronnie Montrose; the leader ofAmerican rock band: Montrose & Gamma passed away on the 3rd March 2012. If he had lived he would have been 67 today, 29th November 2014.

Ronnie's first foray into the music world was in band Sawbuck with Bill Church, but in the middle of recording Sawbuck's debut, producer David Rubinson gave Ronnie a audition to play on Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey. Ronnie got the job.

Ronnie then played with Boz Scaggs, before joint the Edgar Winter Group, where he played on such hits as Free Ride & Frankenstein. 

With Sammy Hagar in 1973, he formed Rock band Montrose. The band released two albums Montrose (1973) and Paper Money (1974).

The second edition of Montrose with Bob James instead of Hagar released two albums Warner Bros Present…. Montrose (1975) & Jump On It (1976) before breaking up.

Ronnie's first solo release was the all-instrumental Open Fire (1978). Ronnie then started Hard Rock band Gamma who released 3 albums initially and a 4th in 2000.

In Ronnie's later years he reunited with Montrose (with Sammy Hagar) and performed on-and-off until 2011, when he formed the Ronnie Montrose Band.

However on the 3rd March 2012, Ronnie shot himself. Committing suicide.

RIP Ronnie Montrose