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Ronnie Montrose to Be Honored at NAMM 2018

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 2018.

This celebratory concert highlighting Montrose's career will feature his greatest hits from early Montrose, Edgar Winter, Van Morrison, Gamma and more. The event is set for 7:00 PM, Saturday, January 27th at The Observatory in Santa Ana.

Hosted by That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk, the incredible all-star featured performers so far include: Frank Hannon, Tesla; Jack Russell, Great White; Tracii Guns, LA Guns; Doug Aldrich, Whitesnake/Dio; Keith St John, Montrose; Daxx Nielsen, Cheap Trick; James Kottak, The Scorpions; Michael Devin, Whitesnake; Derek St Holmes, Ted Nugent; Bernie Marsden, Whitesnake; Robert Mason, Warrant; David Ellefson, Megadeth; Jon Levin, Dokken; Jimmy Degrasso, Ratt; Mona Gnader, Sammy Hagar's Wabos; Matt Starr, Mr. Big; Brad Lang, Y & T; Chris Frazier, Foreigner; Brent Woods, Sebastian Bach; Andrew Freeman, Last In Line; Sean Mcnabb, Lynch Mob; Mark Bonilla, Keith Emerson Band; Jimmy Paxson, Stevie Nicks; and Ed Roth, Annie Lennox.

Additionally, the show will feature surprise cameos, speakers, never-before-seen video clips and other raw footage, showcasing Montrose's career.

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 six 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 heavily influenced the up and coming American rock guitarists for next two decades more than he probably ever realized or gave himself credit for. I just want to give those who really appreciate Ronnie the chance to get together in a loving dynamic concert setting where we can really dig in and enjoy each other through the commonality of his music," St John remarks.

One of the event's featured guitar players, Tracii Guns of L.A Guns and Guns N' Roses, says this about Montrose: "I grew up listening to Ronnie from a very young age, and I honestly would like to say that in all sincerity the Montrose song Rock Candy is approximately one third of my entire style of guitar playing. The very first time I saw him play was on the Midnight Special TV show back in the early 70's. The bands raw energy blew me away! Getting to play that song last year with Keith St John, who nails that song with an energy that magically captures the vibe they created it with in the 70’s, was a total thrill and my dream come true as a guitar player. This January 27th is destined to be another celebration of pure Ronnie magic. I can't wait!"