RIP Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose with Guitar
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It’s a huge bummer to have to report on the passing of legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose, whose eponymous band — fronted by vocalist Sammy Hagar — released so many songs that I loved while growing up in the seventies. According to an article up now at Rolling Stone, Montrose died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012, having suffered from clinical depression since childhood. A sad loss for music. Ronnie Montrose was 64 years old.

3 thoughts on “RIP Ronnie Montrose”

  1. Simply put, Montrose was “Van Halen” years before there was a Van Halen. And I don’t believe that Ronnie received the kind of props that he truly deserved. I had heard that he was sick a while ago, however, this still comes as shocking sad news nonetheless.

    1. Rock the Nation
    2. Bad Motor Scooter
    3. Rock Candy

    ‘Nuff sed — Rock on Ronnie!

  2. Oh, f**k. I can’t believe another rocker gone so young. What the hell. I loved Montrose–have stuff on vinyl. Dammit.

  3. Ronnie really didn’t get the recognition due him. He put out some excellent solo albums which really showcased his talent as a phenomenal musician.

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