"Ronnie Montrose Live At The Uptown," a new DVD from the late
Ronnie Montrose, is set to be released on the 1st May through the
late guitarist's website.
"Ronnie Montrose has been playing music for over 40 years. And
believe it or not, this is the one and only live DVD recording of
his career. Ronnie and his band created a very wonderful evening
filmed at the Uptown Theater in Napa, California. This DVD includes
acoustic pieces, songs you never heard him perform before, and ones
you haven't heard him do for years and years and years. Thanks to
the fans and everyone involved, this was a magical evening for all
including Ronnie and his band."
Pre-orders are already available at www.ronniemontrose.com and will follow this
friday's tribute concert taking place at the Regency Ballroom in
The all-star bill, titled "A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A
Celebration of His Life In Music" will see Sammy Hagar reunite the
original Montrose band, along with Joe Satriani, to perform the
group's landmark 1973 self titled debut album.
There will also be a variety of special guests, including 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 and 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 2005.