It’s still early enough in 2020 to say “Happy New Year” because a lot of you are finally getting into gear with it all now that 2019 is a thing of the past. I’m happy to find that the brand new year is already off to a proper start with concert and other event announcements, trailer and comic book reveals and now this awesome tribute event to the legendary Ronnie Montrose which will take place during the NAMM Show in the coming weeks. Read on down below for the full scoop.
Iconic American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose will be saluted by a stellar rock star line-up whose own careers were influenced by the legendary and powerful Montrose sound at Ronnie Montrose Remembered — one of the most talked about shows of NAMM 2020. This celebratory concert highlighting Montrose’s career will feature his greatest hits from early Montrose, Edgar Winter, Van Morrison, Gamma and more PERFORMED BY AN ICONIC CAST OF GUITAR HEROES AND LEGENDARY ROCK STARS.
The event is set for 7:30 PM, Friday, January 17th in the large theater at M3 Live Anaheim Event Center.
M3 Live Event Center
2232 S Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Hosted by That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk, the incredible all-star featured performers so far include: Brad Gillis, Night Ranger; George Lynch, Dokken/Lynch Mob; Carmine Appice, Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart/Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Russell, Great White; Dave Rude, Tesla; Derek St Holmes, Ted Nugent; Keith St John, Montrose; Dave Amato, REO Speedwagon; James Kottak, Scorpions; Jon Levin, Dokken; Phil Demmel, Slayer/Machinehead; Brent Woods, Sebastian Bach; Jason Hartless, Ted Nugent; Mitch Perry, Edgar Winter/Sweet; Robbie Lochner, Jack’s Great White; Jimmy Degrasso, Ozzy/Alice Cooper; Matt Starr, Mr. Big; Brad Lang, Y & T; Andrew Freeman, Last In Line; Sean Mcnabb, Lynch Mob/Quiet Riot; Katja Reikermann, Rod Stewart; Paul Shortino, Raiding The Rock Vault/Quiet Riot; Rick Steier, Warrant/Kingdom Come; Jimmy Paxson, Stevie Nicks; and Ed Roth, Annie Lennox…with more to come.
Additionally, the show will feature surprise cameos, speakers, never-before-seen video clips and other raw footage, showcasing Montrose’s career.
Tickets are $25 at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4427358.
V.I.P. Packages are available for $95 which include Prime Up Front Orchestra seating, a Special Edition 5 Year Commemorative T Shirt, access to the Private V.I.P. Backstage Lounge area, a Private backstage V.I.P. bar, an exclusive V.I.P. Artist Meet & Greet Area with Photo Ops, Red Carpet access, Backstage/Sidestage access, with a private full bar.
Additionally, a very limited quantity of ‘Super V.I.P.’ packages are available which include all for the above plus front row dead center seating.
Former Montrose lead singer and event producer, Keith St John says new iconic names are being added to the line-up literally every day. St John was with Montrose for the last 13 years of Ronnie’s life. The band was on top of the charts in the 1970s when Sammy Hagar was vocalist, with tunes like Rock Candy, Bad Motor Scooter and Rock the Nation. When St John teamed up with Montrose they continued to entertain until right before his death, filling clubs and festivals around the world. St John wrote many unreleased tunes with Ronnie Montrose, some performed at concerts throughout the years.
After a long battle with cancer, it has been almost eight years since Montrose ended his life and St John wants the guitar greats’ legend to continue. “Ronnie’s contribution to rock music in the early 70’s was the Rock n Roll bible for many of the up and coming great American rock guitarists for next two decades more than he probably ever realized or gave himself credit for. I really want to give those who really appreciate Ronnie the chance to get together in a loving dynamic concert setting where we can all really dig in and enjoy each other through the commonality of Ronnie’s music,” St John remarks.
One of the event’s featured guitar players, George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob, says this about Montrose: “I was definitely a big Montrose fan. In my early days back in the 70’s, I was was actually the lead singer in a band in Northern California that covered Space Station #5. When I met Ronnie years later at a Rock n Roll Fantasy camp, I was blown away by how great his live playing chops were, and also that he was such a gentleman. Ronnie’s music was an important element of the blueprints that many of us songwriters and players used to model our sound and songs in the 80’s. I’m really looking forward to paying tribute to one of the true founding fathers of hard rock guitar music this January!”
Updates to the performer list are being made daily at the event’s website www.ronniemontroseremembered.com and on the event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RonnieMontroseRemembered/
Ronnie Montrose Remembered past event highlights below:
For more information, please contact the venue at (714) 522-8256.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Sadly, we shall not be attending the NAMM Show and actually it’s not an event that I’ve ever investigated based on the time of the year and the logistics involved in properly reporting on it. This “Ronnie Montrose Remembered” event sure does sound special and will likely be a night that all in attendance will remember for years to come. So with all this in mind I will close up now and ask what you think of this special performance and will you be in attendance at the NAMM Show. Chime in down below and I will see you next time.