May 9, 2012 – 12:25 pm

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Red Rocker [Power Gate 072, 2CD]

Live at Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheater, Lake Tahoe, NV; August 13, 2005. Includes a Montrose reunion. Excellent soundboard.

The late guitarist Ronnie Montrose might have created a buzz when he played on Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey but fans will always associate him with Sammy Hagar. The vocalist was in the original Montrose band when it was formed in 1973 and he left in February 1975.

The highlight of this show is the reunion between Hagar and Montrose, and there is no let up in Hagar’s vocals. Here is a power-packed show that hard rock fans could have easily overlooked.

Ronnie Montrose died of prostate cancer in March 2012; and Sammy Hagar did play together with Montrose in Sacramento in 2003. Listening to the friendly banter at this Lake Tahoe show, it is not difficult to see why Hagar wrote these words in memory of Montrose:

[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.

Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (2.2MB)
Track 102. Shaka Doobie (5.5MB)
Track 103. One Way To Rock (8.3MB)
Track 104. Sympathy For The Human (5.4MB)
Track 105. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (8.7MB)
Track 106. Serious Juju (7.8MB)
Track 107. When The Hammer Falls (7.1MB)
Track 108. Let Sally Drive (9.1MB)
Track 109. Top Of The World (6.2MB)
Track 110. Runaround (7.6MB)
Track 111. I’ll Fall In Love Again (5.3MB)
Track 112. Three Lock Box (8.3MB)
Track 113. MC (8.3MB)
Track 114. The Way We Live (7.6MB)
Track 115. Let Me Take You There (9.8MB)
Track 116. Right Now (9.6MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (6.4MB)
Track 202. The Girl Gets Around (4.5MB)
Track 203. I Can’t Drive 55 (7.3MB)
Track 204. Mas Tequila (10.5MB)
Track 205. Heavy Metal (9.8MB)

Montrose Reunion
Track 206. Space Station # 5 (cuts in) (5.3MB)
Track 207. Rock Candy (11.6MB)
Track 208. Rock The Nation (9.5MB)
Track 209. Connection (6.9MB)
Track 210. Bad Motor Scooter (12.1MB)
Track 211. Make It Last (14.4MB)

Sammy Hagar - vocals, guitar
Vic Johnson - guitar
Mona - bass
David Lauser - drums

Sammy Hagar - vocals
Ronnie Montrose - guitar
Bill Church - bass
Denny Carmassi - drums

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  2. OH HELL YEAH!!!!

    Been looking for this forEVER!!!!

    Would loved to have seen it.
    That first MONTROSE lp is a HEAVY METAL CLASSIC!

    This was the blueprint for VAN HALEN!

    Thank you very very much, BIG O

    By THE Russian Assassin on May 9, 2012

  3. Great stuff, Big O! I’m very glad that more Montrose shows are seeing the light of day well past Ronnie’s passing. Looking forward to hearing this in its entirety this weekend.

    With the recent demise and/or changes in sites like QualityBootz and T.U.B.E., the shows you share here are ever more precious. Please keep up the awesome work you’ve been doing! I hope the bastards that are chasing the sites that share unofficial content wise up soon and realize they are just wasting their time.

    All the best to you in the future, Big O! Stay safe!

    By golgo hakase on May 9, 2012

  4. hey bigo, this looks good. i’ll get it. thanks! after you posted montrose-record plant 12.26.74, i found record plant 4.21.73. it’s great too. the only other montrose i want besides this one is frankfurt, germany jan 75. it was sammy’s last show. it’s on a blog i frequent, but the link is dead. i’ll remind them to repost it.

    hey russian assassin, just one more month and 14 more days till alice cooper and maiden! give me an gmail or yahoo e-mail address how to contact you. we’ll hang out a little bit.

    i’ll tell you i saw the cult, jane’s addiction and megadeth at the annual schaeffer eye center crawfish boil last fri and sat night here in b’ham, al. all three bands were good. if bigo can find all three sets, i’d love to have them in my library. there are several clips on youtube, if you want to check them out.

    next wed is the 2 year anniversary of dio’s passing. maybe you can post another rainbow show. i rave about last years paris show. it’s a good one. i’ll remind you. i’m going to see coheed and cambria next wed at workplay soundtage here in b’ham, al too.


    By Ed Saad on May 9, 2012

  5. The show info should be corrected. Ronnie did not die of prostate cancer as originally assumed. In fact he committed suicide with a pistol. The family kept it quiet until the coroner’s report was issued and there was no longer a way to keep this info from the public.

    By weitrhino on May 9, 2012

  6. right weitrhino. here’s the blabbermouth link:

    By Ed Saad on May 10, 2012

  7. I knew it was suicide, but thought he offed himself before the cancer could. Its terrible that someone this talented cant find peace. As I go through his catalogue…from the legendary first 2 albums all the way through Bearings are just brilliant. The more you hear his work (esp if you like fusion) it just hurts that he’s gone. Amazing stuff…Diva Station is just possibly his best for the solo material (IMO)

    By DanC on May 10, 2012

  8. Damn been trying to get some of this but this is dead Ill keep searching

    By analogkid6103 on Nov 16, 2019

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