RONNIE MONTROSE R.I.P. 1947-2012

March 10, 2012 – 4:31 am

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MONTROSE
Studio Rehearsals 1974 [Dawg Daze DD-001, 1CD]

Live at the Record Plant, Sausalito, CA; December 26, 1974 (not 1973 as indicated on the artwork). Excellent soundboard.

After battling prostate cancer for almost five years, rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose passed away  on March 3, 2012. He was 64. Rock fans associate Montrose with Sammy Hagar although the guitarist had also worked with a host of musicians that included Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, The Neville Brothers, Edgar and Johnny Winter and The Beau Brummels.

In a tribute in Rolling Stone, Sammy Hagar said:

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 wrote songs with him, but it was his trip. He’s the guy that got me to sing with him. I had no experience whatsoever; I just wrote the first four songs in my life, which were “Bad Motor Scooter,” “Make It Last,” “One Thing on My Mind,” and “I Don’t Want It”…  I went from zero to a hundred…

I went and knocked on his door, dressed like David Bowie - big old high heel platform shoes, satin pants, probably had make-up on, with a Les Paul and a notebook pad with all kinds of lyrics in it. I said, “I’m Sammy Hagar. I heard you’re looking for a singer.” He said, “Come on in. You got any songs?” I played him my four songs, we shook hands, and he said, “Let’s start a band…”

[I would like Montrose to be remembered] as one of the pioneers of American heavy/hard rock. And certainly, one of the great hard rock guitar players. But he was more than that - he was really versatile. But if you’re going to remember him for anything, put on that first Montrose record. 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.
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Thanks to mrbaldy for sharing the tracks on Dime.

mrbaldy noted: “This appears to be the same Record Plant show as the “Rockin’ The Plant” bootleg (albeit in a different running order), but this one seems clearer and more the correct speed. (To my ears, “RTP” seems to run slow.)”

For those who are more technical, this is what sidewindersf commented at Dime: “Yes they both are off… Studio Rehearsals is slow and the other one [Rockin’ The Plant] is fast… Here is what is needed to correct this “Studio rehearsals” version.

“Using Magix music studio in timestretch/resample mode, make the following adjustments :

“(time factor) 1.0257 and (Pitch - half steps) -0.44

“This is a classic that any Montrose fan would love to have… A nice gift!”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Roll Over Beethoven (6.1MB)
Track 02. Evil (7.5MB)
Track 03. Space Station #5 (15.5MB)
Track 04. I Got The Fire (4.8MB)
Track 05. Rock Candy (8.7MB)
Track 06. Bad Motor Scooter (7.4MB)
Track 07. Space Age Sacrifice (10.2MB)
Track 08. One And A Half (incorrectly listed as “Ronnie’s Song” on the artwork) (7.2MB)

Lineup:
Sammy Hagar - vocals
Ronnie Montrose - guitar
Alan Fitzgerald - bass (although it is Bill Church who is listed on the artwork)
Denny Carmassi - drums

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  1. 16 Responses to “RONNIE MONTROSE R.I.P. 1947-2012”

  2. R.I.P. Ronnie…and we lost yet ANOTHER great Guitarist today In Bugs Henderson.

    By Stlouielou on Mar 10, 2012

  3. only way this could have been better would be if “town without pity was on it”..thanks BIGO !

    By sluggo on Mar 10, 2012

  4. have to laugh at the back cover pic..reminds me of the orleans album cover..all these guys with no shirts ..what was that all about ?

    By sluggo on Mar 10, 2012

  5. Hey sluggo… LOL at your comment about the guyus with no shirts.. i beleive that kind of artwork is called “homo-eroticism” :)

    “not that there’s anything wrong with that”

    By Shammy Haygar on Mar 10, 2012

  6. Can’t wait to hear this one. I saw Montrose back in 1975 or 1976 with Mahogany Rush and Black Sabbath. They kicked ass on both of them that night. I remember the bass player had a chromed bass that he would shoot light beams off it out into the audience. Also, he hooked a theremin into his bass somehow and put on a sound effects show. Those were the days!!!

    By John Branin on Mar 10, 2012

  7. hey bigo, thanks! good things come, if we wait. there are other montrose shows out there, but the links are dead cause of megaupload. eventually the shows will resurface.

    i saw montrose here in b’ham, al at city stages in june 05, but it wasn’t the montrose john above saw. this montrose had a youger guy who sounded like sammy, dave ellefson and jimmy degrasso on bass and drums of megadeth fame. it was good and much better than def leppard who headlined the miller light stage. man, they suck now and have since hysteria. i have a show from milan, italy 1983 that really rocks.

    as for the setlist, iron maiden has covered i got the fire and space station #5 as b-sides. speaking of maiden, they’ll be in atlanta june 23 with alice cooper. i’ll be there, as far as i know. this will be my third time seeing alice copper and second time in almost twenty years seeing maiden. the last time they were in atlanta was fear of the dark tour at lakewood amphitheatre in july 92 with testament and corrosion of conformity. they’ll be at the same place, but it’s called aaron’s now. the last time i was there was in june 05 to see judas priest and queensyche, and then it was called hi fi buys. i’ve seen ozzfest 99 and two lollapalooza tours there too.

    if russian assassin reads this, find me at madien and alice cooper. as it gets closer to the date, i’ll give you an e-mail address to contact me.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Mar 10, 2012

  8. Thanks for the post. Awsome!

    By Alberto on Mar 10, 2012

  9. Who recorded the Springsteen show at the Apollo last night (broadcast on Sirius) and is making it available here? Please?

    By Chin Ho on Mar 10, 2012

  10. This is great.Just some great rock and roll…and a nice tribute to another fallen guitar great.Thx Big O….

    By couz on Mar 11, 2012

  11. I think that I saw this guy with the Edgar Winter Group @ a Rock Festival in Portsmouth, VA 1972? Poco, Spooky Tooth, Fab Rhinestones, Tower o’Power. He put out a solo lp and when they played this song on FM, I thought that it was Edgar Winter and Beck fusion, Open Fire. pFantastique guitarist. He exhibited intricate speed and precision. Let’s call them tight leads that compared to Jimmy Page on speed around the Houses of the Holy tour daze! Be free Ronnie. Eat brasil nuts, one a day for the selenium content to help fight off the prostatic Ca.

    By Zebulon on Mar 11, 2012

  12. Top!
    Thank you very much!

    By bob on Mar 12, 2012

  13. I’ve been luck enough to see Ronnie once on the Open Fire tour (1977 or 78), twice with Gamma, and finally at the HOB here in LA about 10 years ago or so.
    Each time was just brilliant. RIP
    Thanks for sharing this great set!!!

    By DanC on Mar 13, 2012

  14. Great stuff. One of my first concerts, after I saw California Jam on TV…Montrose, Black Oak Arkansas and Nazareth (promoting Close Enough for Rock and Roll) at the Beacon in NYC. Buy a ticket off the street, and walk up front as if you owned the place. I think this show cost me $8. Thank you.

    By Brian McKeith on Mar 13, 2012

  15. Ed Saad said:

    i saw montrose here in b’ham, al at city stages in june 05, but it wasn’t the montrose john above saw. this montrose had a youger guy who sounded like sammy

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    That would be singer Keith St. John who very much fit the Sammy mold from the 70’s. Not sure if St. John was chosen because of his looks, voice, or both. But considering during the last several years Ronnie was touring as Montrose, and playing all his classic Montrose songs, then Keith was a natural for the part. I’m so glad to have seen this band about 4 years ago. RIP Ronnie. You were one of my earliest guitar heros.

    By weitrhino on Mar 13, 2012

  16. tHANK YOU FOR OFFERING THIS UP!

    That first MONTROSE LP is a Heavy Metal Classic! It truly was the blueprint for that first VAN HALEN lp… and VAN HALEN to a degree! This lineup of MONTROSE should have and could have been playing stadiums…too bad.

    I saw GAMMA in Nov. of 79 when they warmed up for FOREIGNER at THE OMNI here in Craplanta. Ronnie came with a lineup of MONTROSE in APRIL of 79… they headlined the FOX THEATRE here in CRAPLANTA with 2 warmup bands…. JOURNEY, who had just added a lead singer named STEVE PERRY and a new band from PASADENA called VAN HALEN! Everyone thought it was a solo artist like VAN MORISSON!!!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Mar 15, 2012

  17. Saw Ronnie solo many times and with Montrose back in the 70s. Was a friend too. Just the nicest Rock star ever to me. Totally cool. I followed his career all the way to the end. Saw him three months before he died.

    By Steven Ross on Mar 7, 2014

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