Show promoter and former Montrose singer, Keith St. John, once again takes on the star-studded Ronnie Montrose Remembered concert and jam during NAMM week 2020 at its new venue the M3 Live, just a few blocks from the Anaheim Convention Center. On Friday, January 17 thousands of Montrose fans packed into M3 Live for a night of music and remembrances from those who knew, loved and admired the man, and along with visual tributes and memorabilia auction for charities , the nearly 4 ½ hour show brought together some of rock’s most notable musicians to honor one of rock’s most legendary guitarists.
Ronnie Montrose influenced generations of guitarists with his hard rock style. His band Montrose with original front man, Sammy Hagar, produced two icon albums, Montrose and Paper Money. Ronnie’s music set the tone for the heavy metal genre and both his music and playing style are revered today. St. John fronted Montrose in 1998 until Ronnie’s death and so for the last 5 years he’s organized the event known as Ronnie Montrose Remembered as a tribute to his friend and rock legend. Ronnie committed suicide in 2012 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
This year’s event, hosted by Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show, AXS TV, Sirius Radio) who was on hand to introduce the stellar cast of musicians and tell a few anecdotes, along with Keith St. John–who also took on the demanding vocalist task the majority of the night–emceed the night of amazing performances. Additionally, musicians whose careers were influenced and enhanced by Ronnie’s music came out to give it their all.
This year’s tribute concert included many perks for VIP status which included front and center orchestra seating, 5 year commemorative T shirt, access to private VIP lounge and bar, artist meet and greet with photo ops, red carpet access and more. These benefits along with the spacious M3 Live venue afforded VIP and GA admission the best show ever. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house, for sure.
With over 2000 seats to fill the nearly packed venue was treated to a string of rock’s most notable musicians. Some of the performers that night included Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), George Lynch (Dokken), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Jack Russell (Great White), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Brad Lang (Y&T), Dave Rude (Tesla), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Phil Demmel (Slayer) Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach), Jason Hartless (Ted Nugent), Jimmy Degrasso (Ozzy, Alice Cooper), Matt Star (Mr Big, Y&T), Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob, Quiet Riot) and many more. The concert also included an auction of signed items & memorabilia for charities.
The concert was set to end at 11:30 PM, but St. John took it further and played until the house lights came on around 12:15 AM, as it seemed the performers were raring to go all night if they could. It was an all around great show and tribute to Ronnie Montrose and if this show was any indication there will be more to follow in the coming years.
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