As has been tradition here on CC, I always make note of the passing of a music legend that I was a fan of growing up.
Sadly this time it is the great Ronnie Montrose.
Montrose had been battling prostate cancer for several years, though he said in 2009, he had beaten it.
He said at the time it had been "debilitating" and he hadn’t played guitar for two years after he got the diagnosis. He played occasionally between 2009 and his death.
Montrose started his rock career at the top, playing on Van Morrison’s famed 1971 album, "Tupelo Honey."
Montrose was in the line of other heavy guitar players of his day that weren't as popular as the names we all remember, names like Pat Travers, Frank Marino, Gary Moore, Alvin Lee and Robin Trower.
Though he was a monster session player, he had his own band "Montrose", but it was Gamma was the band that really put Montrose on the map.
Montrose live was great show! You definitely left with your ears ringing.
To me all of the Gamma collection is seminal and I had a blast listening to Gamma growing up. But you can't ignore the Montrose years...Those albums with Sammy Hagar rocked.
They don't make them like you any more...