Montrose (band)

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Montrose was a California-based hard rock band. The band originally featured Ronnie Montrose on guitar and future solo artist and former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar. Rounding out the original foursome, were bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi.


Prior to forming the band, Ronnie Montrose had been a successful session musician (playing, along with Bill Church on Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey album, produced by Ted Templeman, and on albums by Beaver & Krause and Herbie Hancock). He was also a member of the Edgar Winter Group, playing on such hit singles as 'Free Ride', which was from the best-selling album 'They Only Come Out at Night' (1972).

The original line-up lasted long enough to make just this one album, the Templeman-produced Montrose. The first member to leave was Bill Church who was later replaced by Alan Fitzgerald for the band's second album, Paper Money.

Hagar left for a solo career, and Montrose released two more albums, Warner Brothers Presents... Montrose! (1975) and Jump On It, both featuring Bob James, formerly of Los Angeles-based band Swan, on vocals, and new member Jim Alcivar on keyboards. On Jump On It, Fitzgerald was replaced on bass by Randy Jo Hobbs.

After departing, Hagar had a successful solo career. He joined Van Halen in July 1985.

Ronnie Montrose, Jim Alcivar, Alan Fitzgerald and Denny Carmassi formed another band in the hard rock mould in 1979, named Gamma, which featured singer Davey Pattison.

In 1987, Ronnie Montrose formed...
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