RONNIE MONTROSE (1947 - 2012)
We were sorry to hear of Ronnie Montrose's passing yesterday.
Sammy posted this message on his website: RONNIE MONTROSE (1947 - 2012)
For me Ronnie's passing is the end of an era. Ronnie Montrose gave me my first break as a songwriter, as a front man, as a recording artist and as a touring artist, and for that I will always be grateful. The first Montrose album was the first album I ever recorded and it still stands as one of the best recordings I have ever been a part of.
I was looking forward to a reunion for my birthday bash in Cabo with Denny, Bill and Ronnie - one of the few bands from that era where all four original members were still able to do it. It will very hard to think the four of us will never be able to play songs like Rock Candy and Bad Motor Scooter together again. The only positive I can grab onto is the fact that the music will live on. It's a shame to lose Ronnie and I'm so sorry for his loved ones. Rest in peace.
Sammy was also interviewed by Rolling Stone about Ronnie - Read »
Mike Anthony also posted this message on his web site: R.I.P. Ronnie Montrose
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Montrose yesterday. Besides being one of rock’s early guitar icons, he was a friend and big influence on the way we wanted the first Van Halen album to sound like. I remember all of us (VH) wanting Ted Templeman, who produced the first Montrose album, to make us sound big like them!! Van Halen opened for Ronnie on a bunch of shows during our first tour in ’78, and I’ve jammed with Ronnie numerous times since. He was always great to hang with, and very dedicated to his craft. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and Sammy, Dennie Carmassi, and Bill Church, the original Montrose band. Ronnie, you touched all of us.