Ronnie Montrose R.I.P.

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March 4, 2012 at 4:41 am Quote #6931

Chris UK

Sad news…Glenn Hughes has just Tweeted the following;
“Just heard that my good friend Ronnie Montrose has passed away….I’m speechless…RIP my brother…you will be missed @ the Hughes’s…GH”

March 4, 2012 at 4:43 am Quote #6932

Chris UK

Message on Ronnie’s website homepage….

Ronnie Montrose ~ 1947-2012

A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose’s 64th birthday. He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn’t take any of our love for granted.

He passed today. He’d battled cancer, and staved off old age for long enough. And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life. We miss him already, but we’re glad to have shared with him while we could.

March 4, 2012 at 5:10 am Quote #6933


RIP Ronnie.

EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.

March 4, 2012 at 8:10 am Quote #6938


RIP Ronnie – thanks for laying the groundwork for Van Halen.

Stay Frosty

March 4, 2012 at 9:21 am Quote #6944

King Edward

Sad…..first Montrose record remains a classic……..”Rock the Nation” Ronnie.


March 4, 2012 at 10:58 am Quote #6964


I thought he had beat the cancer. Very sad.

RIP Ronnie

March 4, 2012 at 11:17 am Quote #6971


RIP Ronnie

March 4, 2012 at 11:56 am Quote #6977


Great guitar player – RIP.

When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?

March 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm Quote #6985

Dirq Van

Whats really sad is that fans and musicians are all over internet (facebook, twitter) payin their respects, but no word yet of mr. Sammy Hagar

March 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm Quote #6996


Man , Im shocked, RIP Ronnie!!

Laughing at the Days Garbage Through Loud Volume, This is “Laughing At Reality”..

VHT Member since 2001

March 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm Quote #6998


sad sad day RIP Ronnie

March 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm Quote #7001


I’m completely surprised. What a tragic loss. RIP Ronnie!

March 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm Quote #7002


Dirq Van:
Whats really sad is that fans and musicians are all over internet (facebook, twitter) payin their respects, but no word yet of mr. Sammy Hagar

He committed suicide maybe Sammy does not just wana comment on facebook or twitter.I had a friend who did the same thing last year it’s not an easy thing for some people to deal with or something everybody wants to post about on there facebook.Maybe he wants to make a statement in person or find out more before he talks or he is waiting to speak at the funeral because thats what the family wants.Or who knows what terms they were on so he is waiting to comment so he does not say the wrong thing and upset his family.

March 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm Quote #7004


A very sad day in the rock world…

I saw Ronnie 14 years ago at a place called Palookaville somewhere in northern California. It was one of those deals where I was only in town for a couple of days on business and the day before I left, I noticed in a local entertainment newspaper that Ronnie was playing that night. I was with a couple of Korean co-workers – neither of whom had ever heard of Ronnie Montrose, and they weren’t particularly interested in rock music. I told them Ronnie was the shit and they’d love it. I had a nice beer buzz going and really enjoyed myself. They were a little baffled by the way I acted – but I didn’t give a shit.

I found Ronnie’s website a few days later and wrote him a fairly long email. I’ve included part of my email and Ronnie’s response.

Date: Thu, 14 May 1998

Randy! I read your kind note, and it’s letters like yours
that keep me centered and confident I’m gettin’ through to folks! I’m
mixing two projects now, and am extremely busy… will add you to my
email list and let you know when my site is up and running…

thanks again for bringing your buddies!

take care,


>I don’t know how the crowd got started at the front of the stage about
>two-thirds of the way through the concert, but I was one of the first
>ones to join them. I got right in front of you and danced, clapped,
>and pounded the stage for the entire time I was up there. I think that
>crowd in front added a little bit of excitement to the whole show. I
>even got to do a little wangin’ with your tremolo bar when you let
>people touch your guitar. I don’t know what the deal was with the young
>woman who tried to throw herself up on the stage (for a second I thought
>she was going to mess up your foot pedals). I asked you for a guitar
>pick, to which you gladly obliged. The funny thing about it though – it
>didn’t have your name on it. I saw a few others that did have your name
>written on them. I was happy I got one and didn’t give it too much
>thought. I took another look the next day and to my surprise, your name
>was on there, but it had been worn off. I guess I can’t complain; I got
>the pick that you had actually been playing with to the point the name
>was worn off.

March 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm Quote #7011


From Sammy’s website and on Facebook:

Ronnie Montrose gave me my first break as a songwriter, as a front man, as a recording artist, as a touring artist, and for that I will always be grateful.

I was looking forward to a reunion for my birthday bash in Cabo with Denny, Bill and Ronnie – one of the few bands from that era where all four original members were still able to do it. It’s a shame to lose Ronnie and I’m so sorry for his loved ones. Rest in peace.


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