Music legends aren't born easily. It has to be just the right band, with just the right sound, coming along at just the right time. That band was Montrose, and that sound was heavy, melodic, no-holds-barred rock 'n' roll. The critics called Montrose "a scorching outfit," "incredibly impressive," "part [Jeff] Beck, part Led Zeppelin, and three-fourths nitroglycerin," and "sheer rock 'n' roll ecstasy." The original Montrose remains the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend, the ultimate stateside power trio with vocals. The band's songs are a virtual greatest hits of American hard rock: "Rock the Nation," "Bad Motor Scooter," "Space Station #5," "I Got the Fire," "Jump on It," and the immortal "Rock Candy." The fans have been begging for more ever since.
But Ronnie Montrose has always followed his heart. Ever anxious to take his music to the next level, in 1979 he founded the trailblazing band Gamma, a group whose trio of ahead-of-its-time albums were an explosion of guitar and synthesizer pyrotechnics anchored by a bluesy edge. Between and beyond these band forays, Montrose the player devoted himself to exploring instrumental guitar music on landmark albums like Open Fire (1978) and The Speed of Sound (1988). Fans periodically clamored for another taste of the original Montrose power trio format, but he wouldn't revisit Montrose - that huge, heavy sound and those rich, pealing riffs - until the time came when he could do it with total conviction.
That time is now. Montrose has returned with full force, playing the tunes that rocked a nation with heart-thumping, foot-stomping, fist-pumping energy. Prepare to pump your fist, sing along at the top of your lungs, and play air guitar until you can't stand up. The master has returned, and it's time to rock.
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