Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ronnie Monrose tribute concert coming to DVD

The “Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music” will be released on DVD on December 10.

Following Ronnie’s death March 3, 2012, friends and musicians gathered at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom six weeks later (April 27, 2012) to pay homage to one of rock's legendary and influential guitarists with a tribute concert.

The resulting DVD from the event features performance by Ronnie's past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups' hits.

Ronnie's colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey) Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (KISS), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.

The DVD will also include interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie's hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T; this was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir's TRI Studios.

Ronnie Montrose has been called the Father Of American Hard Rock. In his short time with Van Morrison, Ronnie created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song “Wild Night”. In the Edgar Winter Group, he left even a bigger mark with his catchy heavy-handed riffs on songs like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein”.

But it would be his self-titled release, “Montrose”, that would become the cornerstone of American hard rock.

The 1973 debut crafted classics like “Rock the Nation”, “Bad Motor Scooter” and “Space Station #5”, laying the ground work and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless subsequent musicians.

Ronnie died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a five year battle with prostate cancer.

Ronnie Montrose
"Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration Of His Life In Music"

Release date: December 10

01. Overture
02. Open Fire
03. Town Without Pity
04. I Don't Want It
05. Little Suzi
06. One Thing On My Mind
07. Free Ride
08. Frankenstein
09. Thunder And Lightning
10. Razor King
11. No Tears
12. Ready For Action
13. Fight To The Finish
14. Voyager
15. Lighthouse
16. One And A Half
17. Good Rockin' Tonight
18. Rock The Nation
19. Make It Last
20. Bad Motor Scooter
21. Rock Candy
22. Space Station No. 5
23. Connection

Bonus songs:
01. Good Rockin' Tonight
02. Rock Candy
03. Oh No You Don't
04. Paper Money
05. Wild Night

See also:

Sammy Hagar recording new music with former Montrose bandmates
VIDEO: Montrose reunite for Ronnie Montrose tribute concert
Ronnie Montrose live DVD due next month
Ronnie Montrose death ruled a suicide
Ronnie Montrose tribute concert announced
Sammy Hagar comments on the death of Ronnie Montrose
Ronnie Montrose dead at 64