It looks like the entertainment options that usually surround the upcoming NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, just got more interesting with a star-studded tribute concert for legendary rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose.
On Saturday, January 23, 2016, “Ronnie Montrose Remembered” will take place at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. So far, featured guests include Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford, guitarist Brad Gillis of Night Ranger and Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Steve Stevens of Billy Idol, guitarist Tracii Guns (formerly of L.A. Guns), guitarist Doug Aldrich (formerly of Whitesnake), guitarist and vocalist Derek St Holmes of Ted Nugent, singer Keith St John of Montrose, singer Jeff Scott Soto of Trans Siberian Orchestra, bassist Ricky Phillips of Styx, drummer Troy Luckketta of Tesla, and many more still to be announced.
Billed as a “NAMM 2016 HONORS” event, the show will feature songs from the early Montrose records as wells as from the Edgar Winter Group, Van Morrison, Gamma, and Ronnie Montrose solo records.
Ronnie Montrose's career began in the early 1970s when he recorded and toured with artists such as the Edgar Winter Group, Van Morrison, and Boz Scaggs. In 1973, he formed the band Montrose, which featured singer Sammy Hagar, drummer Denny Carmassi, and bassist Bill Church. The band was referred to as “America’s answer to Led Zeppelin.” Their debut album, produced by Ted Templeman, is still widely considered one of the most beloved and influential hard rock albums of the 20th Century.
A portion of the proceeds from “Ronnie Montrose Remembered” will go towards helping musicians in need of medical assistance through Sweet Relief, a charity Montrose stood behind wholeheartedly.
Also, at some point during the concert, Guitar Player magazine will be presenting their annual ‘Rock the Nation” award to this year’s young prodigy guitarist.
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