Former and current members of KISS, Y&T, JOURNEY and MR. BIG appeared at a Ronnie Montrose tribute concert on Friday, April 27 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California. The show also included performances by MONTROSE and GAMMA, both of which were founded by Montrose.MONTROSE's lineup for the concert included Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN, CHICKENFOOT), Denny Carmassi and Bill Church (all of whom were in the band when they recorded their iconic self-titled debut album), with a special guest appearance by Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT). GAMMA's lineup consisted of Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi, Glenn Lesch, Tommy Suczek and Marc Bonilla. In addition, there were performances by members of JOURNEY, MR. BIG and TESLA. A review of the concert can be found at SFGate.com. Fan-filmed video footage is available below. Ronnie Montrose commited suicide on March 3 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 64 years old. Born in Denver, Colorado, Montrose's first break when he played Van Morrison's classic 1971 album, "Tupelo Honey". He also appeared on recordings by Boz Scaggs and the EDGAR WINTER GROUP (1972's "They Only Come Out At Night") before going solo under the MONTROSE moniker in 1973 (with a very young Sammy Hagar on vocals). The MONTROSE band released two albums, "Montrose" and "Paper Money", before Hagar left to pursue a solo career. Montrose continued to release albums with the MONTROSE band, but focused his attention mostly on his solo career as well as his other band, GAMMA, which released four albums between 1979 and 2000.
After being diagnosed with cancer in 2007, Montrose took some time off from playing and performing to focus on his health.