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Despite that undercurrent, I realise – just for my own sanity – that I need to know why he kept standing me up for the past year or so. “My story is the real story. It would be safe to say Montrose was in Winter’s band, but not of it.

Fans initially speculated the musician may have died from prostate cancer. This is beautifully illustrated by Peter Grant.

It was a serious dive into rock guitardom. “They both were in Edgar’s band. © 2018 Found a Grave, All rights reserved. Peter Wolf told me later that Van called him and said, ‘Wolf, I got myself a cowboy.’, “I had the same feeling when I went out to audition for Edgar Winter’s band. Because I knew I belonged there, and it was like this supernatural thing. We exchanged cordial emails and she promised that her husband would contact me soon. He never thought he was good enough. The composite picture I get of the man is markedly different, equally complicated, but the one thing they all agree on is that he was preternaturally talented. Then here comes Denny and Sammy, and we start writing songs, and then what happens is that Sammy and Ronnie decide they want to write the songs, not me and Denny.

The death of rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose has been ruled a suicide. Don’t stand so close to me: Sammy and Ronnie go their own way at the Summer of ‘74 Festival at Charlton Athletic’s ground in May of that year. Some say he was transporting nefarious substances between the two cities; others say it was just happen-stance and cheap airfares. The news rocked me to the core and I can’t say I have ever had someone passing touch me so deeply.

However, the San Mateo County Coroner's Office released a report that confirmed the guitarist had taken his own life. But he hadn’t perished, and had beaten the disease – without undergoing chemotherapy. “Not at all. Guitarist Ronnie Montrose, one of rock's great sidemen, whose namesake band introduced Sammy Hagar to the world, died Saturday. Thank you for signing up to Classic Rock. It was that kind of look that fed the rumours that one of the reasons that he had been ousted from Van Morrison’s band was that Morrison’s wife, Janet Planet, had taken a shine to the guitarist when they were recording Tupelo Honey, and she wasn’t the only one. I mean that was my ambition in that band, and if Ronnie wouldn’t have fired me, I was definitely a lifer there. Out of the blue, Uncle Dee [Dee Anthony] turned to Sammy and said: “Young man, you’re going to be a star.” Ronnie came unglued. The death of this most mysterious man on March 3 [2012] is just the latest tactic to avoid talking about a life that most rock stars would be eager to shout about…. Official Website: He did that with [his next band] Gamma. Ronnie agreed to meet with me, but this is just an audition for an interview. I was with Van Morrison. “He so much wanted to do that whole rock thing that he encouraged me,” Montrose confessed.

We can only hope that you will choose to celebrate Ronnie’s life, and what his music meant to you, rather than mourn his passing. Listening to and playing music just to make money always got old. For Winter's third album release, They Only Come Out at Night (1972), which included the hit singles "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride", Montrose recorded electric guitar, acoustic 12 string, and mandolin.[9]. My grasp of the reality of the fact that I was in the Edgar Winter Group, and I had better start delivering this heavy guitar music. As of October 13, 2017 Rhino Entertainment has released deluxe editions of Montrose and Paper Money, each including a newly remastered version of the original album, plus a bonus disc of unreleased demos, studio recordings, and live performances. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. The album features inspired pairings, like Deep Purple singer Glenn Hughes with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen ("Still Singin' With The Band") and singer Sammy Hagar with Toto guitarist Steve Lukather ("Color Blind"). It was a night that any Ronnie Montrose fan would enjoy. I know nothing else on the subject will be forthcoming.

And probably wouldn’t be as rich and famous as I am.”. I didn’t even have a record deal. We were there when Ronnie was talking about it — what he wanted to do, who he wanted to sing on it, how he wanted it to sound. Legal Statement. Ultimately he spent most of his life in the San Francisco Bay area. Normally in Van’s band we’d stay back behind him and just support him. Ronald Douglas Montrose[1] (November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012) was an American rock guitarist, who led the bands Montrose (1973-77 & 1987) and Gamma (1979-83 & 2000).

All rights reserved. Famously mercurial, Montrose always seemed to tank a project just when things were getting good. It showed up in Van’s band, too: Ronnie does one album with us, and does half a tour. In 2011, Montrose formed the 'Ronnie Montrose Band' with Randy Scoles on vocals, Dan McNay on bass, and Steve Brown on drums, playing music from his entire career, including both Montrose and Gamma songs. So he was exacting in his self criticism, and the expectations he put upon himself were tremendous. We hope you can understand why we wanted to keep this news a private family matter for as long as possible. Visit our corporate site. He looks very little like he did when I last saw him. “It was just the result of a guy who wants to be Jimmy Page, meeting a guy who is a jazz singer and doesn’t even consider guitar a frontline instrument. Richards came to see the band when they were opening for Little Feat in Amsterdam, and left singing their praises. He isn’t really going to let me interview him. While his rock star look is gone, the attitude and bearing aren’t. With your free account at, you can add your loved ones, friends, and idols to our growing database of "Deceased but not Forgotten" records. I want us to be rough and tough, I want to strip it down’. By Templeman then sings Montrose’s guitar part. His death was originally assumed to be the result of his prostate cancer. The torment of self-doubt likely contributed to Montrose’s long-term alcoholism. Ronnie Montrose, the hard rock guitarist who lived in Millbrae, died on Saturday after a bout with cancer. And you can’t forget the haircuts. During his 2009 tour, Montrose revealed that he had fought prostate cancer for the previous two years but was healthy once again;[11] he continued to tour until his death in 2012. The mood abruptly changed when Montrose texted he was glad Leighsa had “figured it out, found the hooch, and stopped him from going down the dark path.” At 11:01 am, he added, “I have the .38 in my hand and am ready to go.”, “Ronnie always had a dark and bizarre sense of humor,” said Leighsa. Pete walks up and he says: ‘You play better bass than I do. His death was originally assumed to be the result of his prostate cancer. Factor out the depression, and Montrose’s frequent conceptual and stylistic shifts seem like the actions of a true artist following his creative muse no matter what the business ramifications might be. He wasn’t just talking about the prostate cancer that sidelined him from 2008- 2011 and would, sadly, unexpectedly, finally claim him. To his credit, he did, and we planned to meet for an interview. The song that I really love is Listen To The Lion.”. The collections are each available as 2CD, 2LP, and digitally: I called Leighsa Montrose.". Montrose shifted direction and released a solo album, the all-instrumental Open Fire (1978) with Edgar Winter producing. No evidence of other drugs was found in his system. “On the personal side of things he and I were a lot alike. The three of us squeezed in the front seat of the guitarist’s compact and headed forManhattan. Montrose's wife, Leighsa Montrose, told the Chronicle that the guitarist -- who had suffered from depression -- did not leave a suicide note. When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, he was in the midst of working on an album that would have thrilled fans of his original Montrose (1973-1974) and Gamma (1979-1983) periods. He’s just got it. This article first appeared in Classic Rock issue 170. He was my first real guitar teacher because he didn’t allow me to play guitar in the band so I just watched him every night. Two months later, he would be on his way back to California to form his own band.

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