Ronnie Montrose And Friends>>MONTROSE - USA

Montrose - 1973 - Warner
Paper Money - 1974 - Warner
Warner Brothers Presents... - 1975 - Warner
Jump On It - 1976 - Warner
Mean - 1987 - Enigma


S= Sammy Hagar>>Solo, Van Halen, HSAS, The Waboritas, Chickenfoot - Swan>>Bob James>>Swan, Magnet, USSA - Buster Brown>>JONNY EDWARDS>>King Kobra, Northrup, Foreigner, Royal Jelly
G= Van Morrison, Edgar Winter, Boz Scogg’s>>RONNIE MONTROSE>>Gamma, Solo
B= Bill Church>>Hagar - Alan Fitzgerald>>Sammy Hagar, Gamma, Nightranger, Alliance - The McCoys, Jimmy Hendrix, Edgar Winter>>Randy Jo Hobbs
D= Denny Carmassi>>Sammy Hagar, Gamma, Heart, David Coverdale, Mercy - Buster Brown>>JAMES KOTTAK>>Kingdom Come, McAuley Schenker, Scorpions, Solo


Montrose was a California-based heavy rock band featuring Ronnie Montrose on guitar and future Van Halen singer Sam Hagar on vocals. Montrose was a session player with a gift. The group was formed in 1973 after Hagar knocked on Ronnie’s door in Sausalito across the bay near San Francisco.

Rod Templeman who would also produce Van Halen’s debut produced the band’s debut. Fitzgerald would appear on Paper Money. The band would tour USA and Europe and apparently with Montrose and Hagar fighting the singer would be asked to leave. Hagar and Montrose would reconcile their differences twenty years later, but at that point a war of words ensued. The last two records would feature keyboardist Alcivar and were produced by Aerosmith’s producer, Jack Douglas. Hobbs played bass on the last record, but the group toured without a bass man. The band was successful, but did not outlive James’ departure. Montrose had toured with Journey and VAN Halen in the USA in March and April of 1978. Several band members would resurface in the short-lived Gamma. Church joined Sammy Hagar’s solo band.

All good things follow a clichéd routine and Mean was a reformation record with Edwards on the mike and James Kottak on drums. Ronnie and Sammy would make up and appear on Hagar’s Marching To Mars album of 1997. Church and Carmassi were there too. Montrose committed suicide in 2012. He was afflicted with cancer. The rest of the band recruited Joe Satriani – with whom Hagar was in Chickenfoot – and farewelled Ronnie in San Francisco in a Montrose final gig. This became a DVD. A memorial event for guitarist Ronnie Montrose would be held on January 23rd, 2016. The event, Ronnie Montrose Remembered, would be held at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California, USA and was featuring many musicians. The Ronnie Montrose Remembered concert took place at the M3 Live Anaheim Event Center in California, USA on Friday, January 25th. Members of Whitesnake and Dokken were in attendance. Singer Robert "Bob" James died from stomach ulcer at the beginning of 2021.