Ronnie Montrose, 1947-2012


March 5, 2012 by esarsea

Ronnie Montrose lost his protracted battle with prostate cancer, passing away on March 3, 2012. 

Ronnie Montore played on Edgar Winter’s 1972 classic, They Only Come Out At Night which featured the hits Frankenstein and Freeride. Then together with Sammy Hagar, Bill Church and Denny Carmassi, Ronnie Montrose released the iconic (and considered by some the be the first true ‘Heavy Metal’) album ever recorded with Montrose’s self-titled debut album in 1973.

I was a senior in high school when that album came out, and I remember being blown away. As I mentioned on a different forum, it was a kick-the-doors-down, in-your-face, air-guitar-players-dream!

RIP Ronnie, and thanks for the countless hours of absolute rock-and-roll joy!

One thought on “Ronnie Montrose, 1947-2012

  1. torqdog says:

    Ronnie definitely was a trend setter when he first came on the scene. I saw him twice at Winterland and was there for his breakout tour. Sammy got his first taste of success in that band. Good times and sorry to see another musician fall. R.I.P.Ronnie!

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