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bonzolead 03-05-2012 05:40 PM

RIP Ronnie Montrose
 
Not trying to be a bummer but Ronnie Montrose passed away from prostate cancer..another Great..Gone... :( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6BTT...&feature=share

Bonzolead

mo2vation 03-05-2012 06:32 PM

Re: RIP Ronnie Montrose
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bonzolead (Post 970258)
Not trying to be a bummer but Ronnie Montrose passed away from prostate cancer..another Great..Gone... :( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6BTT...&feature=share

Bonzolead



Wow.

This makes me sad. On a couple of levels. Prostate cancer? Really? So sad. He was fighting that for a bit now.

On another level - this guy was a huge, and I mean absolutely HUGE influence on me in my early, formative musician days. We covered all the stuff off of Open Fire, Montrose, Paper Money, WB Presents. I was the singer in most of the bands I played in back then, so I was singing all these tunes from behind the drums - from Bad Scotermooter to Rock the Nation, I Got The Fire, Rock Candy.

His bands read like a who's who of my early days, with Bill Church ("the electric Church"), Denny, Sammy, Alcivar, Fitz and all those guys. The first two Gamma albums are staples and I still listen to them. Pattison is one of those once in a generation voices. Can anyone listen to "SolarHeat / Ready for Action" and not mash the accelerator to the floor? Voyager - there is a blues / rock band in Ventura at the harbor that still plays this song - I often hear it when I'm coming in from a dive.

My first rock band - the first real guitarist I ever played with... dude was a monster. He got a new guitar, and we were rehearsing, and doing Thunder and Lightening... and on about the last notes of the solo, the guy stops playing... apparently the new guitar was a shorter scale than his old Mustang he'd been playing. We look at him, and he's staring down at his new guitar in disbelief. We ask what's wrong? He says, "I got gypped a fret...."

I have hundreds of memories of playing Montrose tunes all over the place, from backyard parties to clubs to opening for other bands to just playing them for the sheer joy of playing a really excellent song.

I'm so bummed. Not because of Ronnie - I didn't know him. Mostly because I have no idea where any of these guys are that I used to play this stuff with. They've absolutely vanished. I have boxes of photos and tapes of us. The whole Montrose thing is just making me miss those guys, and playing these tunes.

I'm sad. I'm enjoying my morning - thinking about those times when I was a younger guy, but I am sad I haven't seen these guys in so long.

Thanks for the great stroll. I would have never known about Ronnie's passing without your post.


-Ken

bonzolead 03-05-2012 06:44 PM

Re: RIP Ronnie Montrose
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mo2vation (Post 970270)
Wow.

This makes me sad. On a couple of levels. Prostate cancer? Really? So sad. He was fighting that for a bit now.

On another level - this guy was a huge, and I mean absolutely HUGE influence on me in my early, formative musician days. We covered all the stuff off of Open Fire, Montrose, Paper Money, WB Presents. I was the singer in most of the bands I played in back then, so I was singing all these tunes from behind the drums - from Bad Scotermooter to Rock the Nation, I Got The Fire, Rock Candy.

His bands read like a who's who of my early days, with Bill Church ("the electric Church"), Denny, Sammy, Alcivar, Fitz and all those guys. The first two Gamma albums are staples and I still listen to them. Pattison is one of those once in a generation voices. Can anyone listen to "SolarHeat / Ready for Action" and not mash the accelerator to the floor? Voyager - there is a blues / rock band in Ventura at the harbor that still plays this song - I often hear it when I'm coming in from a dive.

My first rock band - the first real guitarist I ever played with... dude was a monster. He got a new guitar, and we were rehearsing, and doing Thunder and Lightening... and on about the last notes of the solo, the guy stops playing... apparently the new guitar was a shorter scale than his old Mustang he'd been playing. We look at him, and he's staring down at his new guitar in disbelief. We ask what's wrong? He says, "I got gypped a fret...."

I have hundreds of memories of playing Montrose tunes all over the place, from backyard parties to clubs to opening for other bands to just playing them for the sheer joy of playing a really excellent song.

I'm so bummed. Not because of Ronnie - I didn't know him. Mostly because I have no idea where any of these guys are that I used to play this stuff with. They've absolutely vanished. I have boxes of photos and tapes of us. The whole Montrose thing is just making me miss those guys, and playing these tunes.

I'm sad. I'm enjoying my morning - thinking about those times when I was a younger guy, but I am sad I haven't seen these guys in so long.

Thanks for the great stroll. I would have never known about Ronnie's passing without your post.


-Ken

yeah the big C sucks for sure Ronnie was also the guitarist for Edgar Winter..Frankestein & Free Ride remember those ones ..i'm sure you do..lol.

it's hard to keep track of good friends from long ago..Hopefully you can cross paths someday.

Bonzolead

longgun 03-05-2012 06:56 PM

Re: RIP Ronnie Montrose
 
Sad.....R.I.P. Ronnie

resohead 03-05-2012 08:28 PM

Re: RIP Ronnie Montrose
 
R.I.P Ronnie. A huge name in rock history.

Mad About Drums 03-05-2012 11:44 PM

Re: RIP Ronnie Montrose
 
I loved Ronnie Montrose back in the seventies, I remember practicing the intro of Rock Candy when I started drumming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUeuAnMNDhA

He will be deeply missed.

Long live Ronnie

Ekim 03-08-2012 05:24 AM

Re: RIP Ronnie Montrose
 
So I guess Sammy Hagar won't be getting that Montrose reunion after all. :(

I should pick up some of their stuff soon. I love BAD MOTOR SCOOTER and ROCK CANDY.


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