Classic rock interview with the late guitarist Ronnie Montrose, plus original singer/songwriter Sammy Hagar. Montrose lead singer Sammy Hagar takes a personal look back at the first Montrose album on its fortieth anniversary, widely cited by members of Van Halen to Def Leppard as the missing link in the evolution of Hard Rock . Guitarist namesake Ronnie Montrose’s credentials as a sideman were impressive, versatile enough to play tasty acoustic guitar on Van Morrison‘s seminal Tupelo Honey and then turn around to power chord Edgar Winter Group‘s “Frankenstein” into rock history as the only #1 rock instrumental ever. We would later hear echoes of that first 1973 Montrose album in the 1978 Van Halen debut.
( L: Sammy Hagar, R-Ronnie Montrose following prostate cancer treatment )
Even though commercial success eluded them, their influence was indelible, and the album Montrose would be the linchpin for much of the modern hard rock sound that would follow. Ronnie Montrose shares with In The Studio host Redbeard Ronnie’s theory on why his early work is still cited 40 years later.