Current MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was joined by the band’s former members Jeff Young (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) for the “Bad Motor Scooter” finale at the “Ronnie Montrose Remembered” memorial celebration on January 23 at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California. Also appearing on stage for the track were Keith St. John (MONTROSE), Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES) and Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE). Check out fan-filmed video footage below.
Guitar Player magazine presented its second annual “RockThe Nation” award to the winning young prodigy guitarist this year at this event. Guitar Player started this award in Ronnie’s name because of Ronnie’s love of kids and teens music education along with his love of discovering new talent. The event was attended by Ronnie’s wife and also featured rare video footage of the man in action.
Ronnie Montrose was a true pioneer of the electric guitar and was highly gifted and visionary in his craft. Ronnie helped influence generations of rock ‘n’ roll guitar players many of which have gone on to influence their own fans and followers worldwide. His career began in the early 1970s when he recorded and toured with artists such as Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, and THE EDGAR WINTER GROUP. In 1973 he formed the band MONTROSE featuring singer Sammy Hagar, drummer Denny Carmassi and bassist Bill Church. The press hailed the new band as “America’s answer to LED ZEPPELIN.” The first MONTROSE record produced by Ted Templeman is still widely considered one of the most iconic and influential rock albums of all time.
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