DECEMBER 5th 2013

Review by Ruben Mosqueda

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you are aware that guitarist Ronnie Montrose passed in 2012. Montrose was known for his influential guitar work which influenced many a rock guitarist--worldwide. I mean who doesn’t own or  hasn’t owned a copy of Montrose’s debut album? Ronnie Montrose is responsible for introducing the rock world to Sammy Hagar who went on to a successful solo career and eventually joined Van Halen. Ironically Edward Van Halen was a huge fan of Montrose’s work who would have thought that he’d work with Montrose producer Ted Templeman and have Hagar sing in his band too?

The Concert for Ronnie Montrose is jam packed with musicians who showed up to pay homage to the late great eccentric guitarist. The list includes; the surviving members of Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, and Bill Church. Also Jeff Watson, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Ricky Phillips, Eric Martin, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer, and Dave Meniketti among others. The setlist is a retrospective of Montrose’s work with Montrose, Gamma and The Edgar Winter Group. While not all of Montrose’s work has become a staple in rock radio there’s a lot of deep cuts on this DVD that will please the most die-hard of fans. Sadly most of the performances on this DVD fall somewhat flat. It’s not the songs--it’s the lack of chemistry from the guests when thrown onstage together to ‘jam.’

There are a number of highlights though; “Frankenstein,” “Space Station #5,” “One Thing on My Mind,” “Rock the Nation,” and “Free Ride.” I think we could have done without Tesla and Dave Meniketti playing original material. My expectations were higher given the hype of this show online by attendees and my love for Montrose’s work. In the end the show was a mixed bag.