Ronnie Montrose Tribute Show to Feature Sammy Hagar, Members of Kiss


Story by Cat Badra

‘A Concert for Ronnie Montrose: A Celebration of His Life in Music’ will feature a star-packed lineup

The world lost Montrose lead guitarist, Ronnie Montrose, earlier this month, and the rock world is set to honor Ronnie’s memory with a star-packed tribute concert. Sammy Hagar and a few other original members of Montrose, including bass player Dennis Carmassi and drummer Bill Church, and taking part in a special tribute concert for Ronnie. 

The concert, booked for April 27 at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom, is on target to feature a crazy-cool lineup, including appearances by Journey ‘s Neal Schon , former Journey drummer Steve Smith , Kiss’ Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, Styx’s Ricky Phillips, members of Tesla and Mr. Big’s Eric Martin. Members of Gamma, another band Montrose originated, will also perform, including Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi, Glenn Lesch, Tommy Suczek and Marc Bonilla. The highlight of the night will likely be Sammy Hagar’s Chickenfoot band mate Joe Satriani joining Montrose members onstage during their tribute set.

Tickets for the event, which they’re billing as “A Concert for Ronnie Montrose: A Celebration of His Life in Music,” go on sale this Friday (March 30) at 10 a.m. For more information on the show, including ticket details, please visit

Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3 after a lengthy and harrowing battle with prostate cancer. He was 64. His website announced the news the day of his death: “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.” Ronnie was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and took some time off from making music to deal with his health.




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