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.
Guitarist Ronnie Montrose celebrates his 63rd Birthday today. Montrose was one of my favorite artists of the seventies, not only for awesome songs like “Rock Candy,” “Bad Motor Scooter” and “Rock The Nation” by his own eponymous band, but for his guitar playing on one of the most enduring anthems of 1972, Edgar Winter’s “Free Ride” – which was a phenomenal hit and a just great song. Happy Birthday Ronnie!