Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ronnie Montrose memorial concert announced

A memorial concert for guitarist Ronnie Montrose will take place during the 2016 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention weekend in California later this month.

On Saturday, January 23, “Ronnie Montrose Remembered” will happen at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA and will feature a varierty of performers paying tribute to the late rocker, who died on March 3, 2012 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a five year battle with prostate cancer.

The lineup will include Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Derek St Holmes (Ted Nugent), Keith St. John (Montrose), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Marc Bonilla (Keith Emerson Band), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Jimmy DeGrasso (Black Star Riders), Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen) and many others.

Guitar Player magazine will present the second annual Rock The Nation award to the winning young prodigy guitarist this year at the memorial show, which will be attended by Ronnie's wife.

The magazine started this award in Ronnie's name because of his love of kids and teens music education along with his love of discovering new talent.

Full event details and tickets are available at

Montrose’s legacy includes working with Van Morrison – for whom he created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song “Wild Night” – and the Edgar Winter Group, where he crafted heavy riffs on songs like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein.”

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

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

See also:

Sammy Hagar recalls final conversation with Ronnie Montrose
Ronnie Montrose tribute concert announced
Ronnie Montrose memorabilia up for auction
Ronnie Monrose tribute concert coming to DVD
Search Montrose at hennemusic