Rockers Ronnie Montrose and Bob Welch were two of the name musicians who died this past year, and sadly both did so by taking their own lives. Initially reports suggested that Montrose passed away in March after a battle with cancer, but in April a family friend issued a statement revealing that the Montrose guitarist died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
The life of trailblazing guitarist Ronnie Montrose was celebrated by the musical family and friends who knew him best on Friday night with a San Francisco area tribute concert which featured performances from a star-studded lineup of guests -- including alumni from both of Montrose’s best known projects, Montrose and Gamma.
And in a new interview, Smith recalls drumming for Montrose in 1978 on the tour for ‘Open Fire,’ where the band was supporting Journey -- the outfit Smith would eventually join -- and a little group you may have heard of called Van Halen.
Prostate cancer dominated the last five years of Ronnie Montrose's life, but even as he battled the disease, the influential guitarist managed to stay active musically and play his share of gigs.
The death of Ronnie Montrose over the weekend saddened many in the rock world, and tributes to the guitar hero poured in from his former bandmate Sammy Hagar as well as many other peers and younger rockers. We were particularly impressed by the written tribute and pictures sent to us by photographer Mark Bowman, so we decided to share them with you.