In honor of hard rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, surviving members of his band will bring their tour to Grass Valley tonight for a The Center for the Arts performance.
The Ronnie Montrose Reunion Band (RMBR) was formed as a way to continue the musician’s legacy.
Montrose played with a number of big name artists including Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and Sammy Hagar. Hagar called Montrose the “most fiery” guitar player.
Montrose died March 3, 2012, after suffering from prostate cancer for a number of years. He was 64. One of his final concerts was at The Center for the Arts Feb. 3, 2012.
RMBR, pronounced “remember,” was formed when surviving members of The Ronnie Montrose Band: bassist Dan McNay, drummer Steve Brown and lead vocalist Randall Scoles recorded bonus features for a tribute DVD with guitarist Tal Morris (Huey Lewis and the News, Sons of Champlin) and Chuck Terpo (Gamma).
Montrose commonly referred to members of his band as his “dream band.” Before his death, Montrose had chosen Morris and Terpo to tour with his band.
“We are proud to say, Ronnie is one of the most important architects of modern rock music in history. Yet more importantly, we are honored to say: we are his band and we will continue his legacy. Forever in our hearts and in our music, we carry his torch,” said McNay.
During a career that spanned four decades, Montrose contributed to songs such as “Free Ride,” “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Frankenstein.”
He wrote, and co-wrote, tunes such as “Rock Candy,” “Make it Last,” “Voyager,” “Space Station #5,” “Rock the Nation,” “Bad Motor Scooter” and more.
Tonight’s dance concert begins at 8 at The Center, 314 W. Main St. in downtown Grass Valley. Tickets are $22 for member of the Center, $25 for non-members and can be purchased at the Center’s box office, BriarPatch Co-op or online.
For more about RMBR, go to www.rmbrband.com.
“This is my dream band!”
— Ronnie Montrose