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Montrose, ‘Rock the Nation’ – Exclusive Video Premiere

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DJ Dougherty

We are pleased to bring you an exclusive live Montrose video, featuring the surviving members of the pioneering '70s band -- including Sammy Hagar -- performing a tribute to guitarist Ronnie Montrose.

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Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon Highlight Upcoming Ronnie Montrose Concert Tribute DVD

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YouTube

In the wake of Ronnie Montrose's untimely passing, an all-star group of his friends got together to put on a show that celebrated the guitarist's contributions to rock 'n' roll. On Dec. 10, that concert is scheduled to make its home-video debut.

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Ronnie Montrose + Bob Welch Suicide Deaths – Shocking Rock Stories of 2012

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Frazer Harrison / Jason Merritt / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

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.

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Emotional Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert Leaves San Francisco Audience ‘Unglued’

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

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.

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Steve Smith Remembers Drumming with Ronnie Montrose

Steve Smith via Facebook
Steve Smith via Facebook

Former Journey drummer Steve Smith reunited on stage with his one-time bandmate Neal Schon for an all-star tribute to the life of Ronnie Montrose last Friday.

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.

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Ronnie Montrose’s First-Ever Live DVD Scheduled for Release

Ronnie Montrose
David Klein, Getty Images

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.

One of those Montrose shows — recorded just five weeks before his March 3 suicide at age 64 — arrives next month as his first-ever concert DVD.

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Ronnie Montrose’s Death Caused By Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Ronnie Montrose
Mark Bowman

It has been confirmed that Ronnie Montrose's death last month was not directly due to his long battle with cancer. The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office reports the guitarist instead died from suicide in the form of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Cause of Ronnie Montrose’s Death Still Under Investigation

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In a strange turn of events, Brisbane, Calif. police are reportedly investigating the circumstances surrounding the passing of legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose.

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Sammy Hagar Declares Ronnie Montrose ‘a Pioneer of Hard Rock’

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar has spoken out, this time at more length, about Ronnie Montrose, who died on Saturday, March 3, at the age of 64. Hagar had issued a statement immediately following the news that his former bandmate had passed away, but expounded on his thoughts and feelings a few days later.

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Ronnie Montrose – Pictures and Memories from Photographer Mark Bowman

Ronnie Montrose
Mark Bowman Images

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. 

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