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Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Dead at 64 (3/3/2012)
Rolling Stone ^ | 3/4/2012 | Greg Prato

Posted on 03/31/2012 2:10:19 AM PDT by RightOnline

Ronnie Montrose, who is best known for his fiery guitar work as a member of the band Montrose, died Saturday. It is believed that the cause of death was prostate cancer, which he had been battling for the past few years.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/guitarist-ronnie-montrose-dead-at-64-20120304#ixzz1qgRRM6jk

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KEYWORDS: cancer; hagar; legend; montrose; music; ronniemontrose
I realize that this article is from a few weeks ago, but not sure how many of my fellow FReepers/rock music fans had heard of the passing of the great Ronnie Montrose. I know that I hadn't until early this morning, weeks after the sad fact.

For those of us who came of age, both chronologically and musically, in the '60's and especially '70's, rock was a part of who we were and how we viewed the world around us. It was a time of incredible innovation....and some amazing talent. Witness the popularity today of "classic rock" stations even among the young.

I've been slinging rock/blues guitar for well over 40 years. Ronnie's "Montrose" album, with a very young Sammy Hagar handling vocals, absolutely ranks as a classic on anyone's list of "Must Have Rock Albums". It quite simply kicked ass.

Try to sit still while listening to the thunderous opening to "Rock Candy" (all you drummers out there....you know what I mean). "Bad Motor Scooter" will still blow your socks off. This album was years ahead of its time.

Montrose's work with Edgar Winter was highly underrated, IMHO. Listen to his playing on "They Only Come Out at Night", especially the radio staple "Frankenstein" (named such since it was an amalgam of many different musical parts created over a long period of time, finally "sewn" together into this tour de force).

His work with Gamma, his solo efforts, all amount to a significant body of work that highlighted his talent, melodic sense, and raw power.

The man could play. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his longtime wife and his loved ones.

He will be missed.

1 posted on 03/31/2012 2:10:23 AM PDT by RightOnline
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We lost the great Gary Moore last year, now Ronnie Montrose. Somewhere there is one HELL of a band.......


2 posted on 03/31/2012 2:11:43 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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Ronnie Montrose and GAMMA, Summer Blowout 1981, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Right after Sammy Hagar left the band a year before


3 posted on 03/31/2012 3:11:22 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Romney would surrender to Islam as fast as Obama promotes it)
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“Somewhere there is one HELL of a band.......”

As they used to say in the olden days, “Knowin’ that.”


4 posted on 03/31/2012 3:20:36 AM PDT by FryingPan101
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Sad loss! As a Rock/Blues/Country guitarist I play in an odd style,,, with bare fingers. Used to use fingerpicks. My style was developed by learning the Earl Scruggs 5-string banjo method. Sadly, Earl Scruggs has also passed. Just a day or so ago, 8^(


5 posted on 03/31/2012 4:19:53 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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"...I play in an odd style,,, with bare fingers."

You.....and Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Mark Knopfler, Lindsey Buckingham, to name a few. I'd say you're in some pretty heady company.

6 posted on 03/31/2012 4:28:15 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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had first row seats to montrose concert as a kid.......an amazing display of guitar work and just plain simple rock and roll...........a bad motor scooter


7 posted on 03/31/2012 4:35:54 AM PDT by CrouchingTiger620
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The Edgar Winter work is what i admired him for. Thanks for the heads up on the self-titled record. I will look out for a chance to sample it.

RIP. Add another one to The List.

8 posted on 03/31/2012 5:46:58 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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Sorry to hear this. I saw Montrose at the LA Forum in the 70s when Sammy Hagar was the lead singer. They were the opening act for Kiss. Ronnie was a great guitarist.


9 posted on 03/31/2012 5:48:22 AM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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That’s too bad. I remember Ronnie back in the ‘70’s. I took a trip down memory lane a few months ago on youtube to look up some of his old stuff. Talented guitarist.


10 posted on 03/31/2012 6:57:53 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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Very true! My older brothers saw Montrose back in 73. I was a little young at the time, maybe 10? But I remember them turning me on to them....they rocked!

“Your my Candy baby...your hard sweet and sticky”
Good stuff

Rest in Peace Mr. Montrose...God bless your family.


11 posted on 03/31/2012 7:05:08 AM PDT by astratt7 (obama,muslim,politics)
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That would be “You’re ROCK candy, baby......hard, sweet and sticky”.


12 posted on 03/31/2012 7:18:05 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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Yeah, there’s a few of us. Not very many though.


13 posted on 03/31/2012 7:42:26 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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Stumbled across this story when surfing thru rock videos at YouTube yesterday...had no idea he had passed away.

Your rock/metal collection isn't complete without that first 'Montrose' album with a very young Sammy Hagar on the vocals.

One of my very favorite concerts was a Rainbow/Gamma event in a small theater back in the late 70's. Second row seats...two of the greatest guitarists ever (Blackmore and Montrose) less than twenty feet away; if that. My ears were never the same... :-)

14 posted on 03/31/2012 8:05:23 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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Damnit, I didn’t know this, and I don’t recall even hearing Gary Moore either. The last time I was crushed by a rocker’s death was Ronnie James Dio. Before that it was when Warren Zevon and Johnny Cash died a month apart in 2003. Just damn...

Tony Iommi is fighting cancer now as well.


15 posted on 03/31/2012 8:23:17 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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JohnnyWinter will be touring Japan in May. Of course I’ll be there.


16 posted on 03/31/2012 8:25:05 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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Yeah, gotta say that Gary Moore’s passing around this time last year really, REALLY hit me hard. He was and is my all-time favorite guitarist, hands down. An amazing talent. I miss the hell out of ‘im.


17 posted on 03/31/2012 9:13:36 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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Johnny’s health sure isn’t very good, but that ol’ boy can still play the hell out of a guitar. He’ll be sitting the whole time during his show, but the fingers still work.


18 posted on 03/31/2012 9:20:09 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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What's going to be fun about this is that last week I met Goto Yuzou ゴトユゾウ at my other friend's gig all-star jam, and he'll be one of the opening blues acts for Johnny. It's sure to be a great show. Check out "Matilda Rodriguez" on YouTube.
19 posted on 03/31/2012 9:27:26 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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RIP.


20 posted on 03/31/2012 11:11:21 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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I’m 33, and first discovered Montrose in the early 90’s. I first heard Bad Motor Scooter on the radio and thought it was some new Sammy or unreleased Van Hagar song I haven’t heard before and wondered if it was from the then upcoming Balance CD. I later found it was Montrose and got the 73 release and still have it. VH was certainly influenced by them.


21 posted on 04/01/2012 9:52:34 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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I thought this might interest you.

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=717304

22 posted on 04/11/2012 4:28:53 PM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: RaceBannon

On music note, maybe you’re familiar with:

ENIGMA
MCMXC A.D.

Not “Racebannon”, but more like ERA type music.


23 posted on 04/24/2012 1:49:40 AM PDT by odds
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