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: April 11, 2012, 10:45:44 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO The death of rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed an eponymous band in the 1970s and played with heavy hitters such as Van Morrison and Herbie Han**CENSORED**, has been ruled a suicide.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) the San Mateo County coroner has concluded that Montrose took his own life last month at his home in Millbrae, Calif.http://bit.ly/Hqcl67

His widow, Leighsa Montrose, tells the newspaper that her 64-year-old husband was tormented by clinical depression for much of his life. She says he suffered from severe self-doubt that caused him to harshly evaluate his performances, even on nights audiences gave him multiple standing ovations.

Leighsa Montrose says her husband left no suicide note. She says she was bewildered by his decision to take his life, especially since he spent two years being successfully treated for prostate cancer.



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#1 : April 12, 2012, 09:53:19 PM

RIP Ronnie.

In 98Rock's early days they held a concert at Curtis Hixon with Montrose, Mahogany Rush & Rush. The tickets were only .98 cents.



Montrose with Sammy Hagar "Bad Motor Scooter"
Old Grey Whistle Test 1974

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#2 : April 13, 2012, 09:43:28 PM

Very sad. Ronnie was one of the finest guitarists of his time, and a big influence to generations of players. That first album is a textbook of what a rock and roll album should be - not a klunker on it. And they recorded and finished the whole thing in a week.

It was also reported that his cancer had resurfaced and his prognosis was grim. Rather than begin another round of chemo, he decided to leave on his own terms.

R.I.P. Ronnie
: April 13, 2012, 09:58:00 PM Stratobuc

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#3 : April 14, 2012, 12:02:40 AM

Ronnie's self titled debut is a genuine classic and remains fresh through this very day.

Every single track has definitive and memorable Ronnie riffs that are immediately recognizable in their clarity and originality. I've long since moved on from this genre (in its current day form) but this album stands out amongst them all. Like all good music it takes me back to a time & place in life and reawakens great memories in the theater of my mind.

** Not only Sammy Hagar's debut but maybe his best work ever.

 "Make it Last" ...old school jamming.

: April 14, 2012, 12:35:39 AM Durango 95
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