The Bay Area music community is coming together to produce "A
Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music"
for the legendary San Francisco guitarist, who passed away recently
from complications of prostate cancer. It will be held at the
Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on Friday, April 27. Tickets go
on sale on March 30 at 10:00 am.
"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, comprised of many of the great musicians
that Ronnie played with over the years. Some of the 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
Scaggs, Edgar Winter, Herbie 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
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
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
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. AXS.com andgoldenvoice.com
A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the
Ronnie Montrose Fund for San Francisco Bay Area Musicians
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