Classic rock interviews with the late guitarist Ronnie Montrose, plus original Montrose singer/songwriter Sammy Hagar  who  takes a personal look back at the first Montrose  album, widely cited by members of Van Halen to Def Leppard as the missing link in the evolution of hard rock. That album and the follow-up, Paper Money , have been newly remastered  and now frame the new ( and sadly, final ) Ronnie Montrose swan song album 10×10  featuring a galaxy of stars including Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey, Tommy Shaw and Lawrence Gowan of Styx, Sammy Hagar, Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Joe Bonamassa, Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Mark Farner, Glenn Hughes, drummer Eric Singer, and veteran Styx bass player/ producer Ricky Phillips who joins us here In the Studio as well.

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. Even though commercial success eluded them, their influence was indelible, and that first RonMon album would be the linchpin for much of the modern hard rock sound that would follow. Ronnie Montrose, who passed in 2013, shared with In The Studio host Redbeard Ronnie’s  theory on why his early work is still cited over four decades later, while Ricky Phillps details the fifteen year odyssey of this new 10×10  project. –Redbeard Photo Credit: DJ Photography