Legendary rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose passed away on Saturday, March 3, at the age of 64. The veteran musician founded the band Montrose with Sammy Hagar in the early ’70s. While an exact cause of death has not been announced, the guitarist did battle prostate cancer in recent years.
Ronnie played on Van Morrison’s 1971 album ‘Tupelo Honey,’ and was a member of the Edgar Winter Group before forming the band Montrose with Sammy Hagar in 1973. After two albums, 1973′s ‘Montrose’ and 1974′s ‘Paper Money,’ Hagar left the group to pursue a solo career. Hagar would later replace David Lee Roth as the frontman of Van Halen.The band Montrose continued on without Hagar, and released three more albums. Ronnie also released nine albums as a solo artist, in addition to four discs with his other group Gamma.
A post announcing Ronnie Montrose’s passing on his official website reads:
The Backstage Beat sends its deepest condolences to Ronnie Montrose’s family, friends and bandmates. To learn more about Ronnie’s career, visit his official website.