"Ronnie Montrose Live At The Uptown," a new DVD from the late Ronnie Montrose, is set to be released on the 1st May through the late guitarist's website.
"Ronnie Montrose has been playing music for over 40 years. And believe it or not, this is the one and only live DVD recording of his career. Ronnie and his band created a very wonderful evening filmed at the Uptown Theater in Napa, California. This DVD includes acoustic pieces, songs you never heard him perform before, and ones you haven't heard him do for years and years and years. Thanks to the fans and everyone involved, this was a magical evening for all including Ronnie and his band."
Pre-orders are already available at www.ronniemontrose.com and will follow this friday's tribute concert taking place at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco
The all-star bill, titled "A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" will see Sammy Hagar reunite the original Montrose band, along with Joe Satriani, to perform the group's landmark 1973 self titled debut album.
There will also be a variety of special guests, including many of the great musicians that Ronnie played with over the years. Some of the confirmed artists include: Neal Schon from Journey, Steve Smith formerly from Journey, members of Tesla, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, Rickie Philips from Styx, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer of KISS and Jimmy DeGrasso from Y & T and Alice Cooper.
Ronnie Montrose was born in San Francisco and moved with his family to Colorado when he was two, returning back to his native home when he was 19 years old. In 1969, he started a band with Bill Church called Sawbuck, but that project got sidetracked when Ronnie was hired to do studio work with Van Morrison (Tupelo Honey), Boz Scaggs, Edgar Winter, Herbie Hancock, and others. In 1973, he formed his own band, Montrose, who recorded two albums together. The debut Montrose album went platinum and has been called the first American heavy metal album. In 1979, Ronnie formed Gamma, who recorded four albums. Ronnie continued to record through the 1980s and 1990s, and Gamma put out their fifth album in 2005.