A Celebration of His Life in Music
Concert video, Regency Ballroom, April 27, 2012, mixed in 5.1 surround sound
On April 27, 2012 at the Regecy Ballroom in San Francisco artists whom Ronnie Montrose collaborated with, mentored and produced came together to honor the Father of American Hard Rock. It was a night of music Ronnie composed and created classic signature guitar riffs for and it featured performances from a star-studded lineup of guests — including alumni from both of Ronnie’s best known projects, Montrose and Gamma. This is the live DVD that captured that event.
The surviving original members of the Montrose band — Sammy Hagar, bassist Bill ‘Electric’ Church and drummer Denny Carmassi took the stage with Hagar’s Chickenfoot bandmate Joe Satriani subbing in on guitar, and delivered a powerful, well-received set that featured Montrose staples like ‘Space Station No. 5,’ ‘Bad Motor Scooter’ and of course, ‘Rock Candy.’
Sharing memories of the band’s early days and running through the group’s classic tracks with his old bandmates stirred “a lot of memories up here,” as Hagar put it from the stage. The quartet of players shared a sweaty embrace after performing ‘Connection’ by the Rolling Stones (covered on Montrose’s second album) with smiles all around.
Journey guitarist Neal Schon said the sold-out Regency Center came “unglued” during the evening of music, which he opened, sharing the stage with Styx bassist and former Bad English bandmate Ricky Phillips, Montrose keyboardist Ed Roth and Schon’s former Journey bandmate Steve Smith on drums. This line-up performed two of Ronnie’s signature tracks from the 1978 ‘Open Fire’ release, including the title track.
It was an evening to celebrate the talents of one of the Bay Area’s own, rather than mourn. Tesla lead singer Jeff Keith might have summarized it best when he said “We’re here to share the love.”
The DVD also includes interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie's hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T. This was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir's TRI Studios.
For fans of Ronnie Montrose this is a very special DVD and the perfect holiday gift. A t-shirt of the concert is also available along with a bundle that includes the DVD, Ronnie's re-released CD Bearings and the T-shirt.
TRAILER FOR THE DVD:
CONCERT FOR RONNIE FEATURES:
Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Davey Pattison, Glenn Letsch, Marc Bonilla, Tommy Suczek, Ricky Phillips, Steve Smith, Ed Roth, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Jimmy Paxson, Eric Martin, Jeff Watson, CJ Hutchins, Tal Morris, Frank Hannon, Brian Wheat, Jeff Keith, Dave Rude, Troy Luccketta, Dave Meniketti, John Nyman, Brad Lang, Mike Vanderhule, Mario Cippolina, Chuck Terpo, Amber Morris, April Grisman, Michael Indelicato, Steve Brown, Dan McNay, Randy Scoles.
2. Open Fire
3. Town Without Pity
4. I Don't Want It
5. Little Suzi
6. One Thing On My Mind
7. Free Ride
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. Razor King
11. No Tears
12. Ready For Action
13. Fight To The Finish
16. One And A Half
17. Rock The Nation
18. Space Station No. 5
1. Good Rockin' Tonight
2. Rock Candy
3. Oh No You Don't
5. Paper Money
6. Wild Night
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 20 September, 2013.