The incredible all-star featured performers so far include: Joel Hoekstra, Whitesnake, Trans Siberian Orchestra; Dave Amato, REO, Ted Nugent; Jimmy Degrasso, Ozzy Osborne, Alice Cooper; Mitch Perry, Edgar Winter Band, Lita Ford Band; Lorraine Lewis, Vixen; David Ellefson, Megadeth; John Levin, Dokken; Phil Demel, Slayer, Testament; Sean McNabb, Dokken, Montrose, Quiet Riot; Robby Lochner, Great White; Blas Elias, Slaughter; Jeff Duncan, Armored Saint; Randy Jackson, Zebra; Matt Starr, Mr. Big, Ace Freeley; Ari Kamin, Adler’s Appetite; Ed Roth, Glen Hughes Band; Martin Motnik, German metal band, ACCEPT; and Miles Schon, Miles Schon Band.
St John says new iconic names are being added to the line-up literally every day with members of Sammy Hagar’s The Wabos invited. The line-up will be fronted by St John, who currently performs at the award-winning Rock Vault in Las Vegas and just finished a United Kingdom tour, featuring many Montrose hits. St John shared the stage with Ronnie Montrose for the last 13 years of his life. The band was on top of the charts in the ’70s when Sammy Hagar was vocalist, with tunes like Rock Candy, Bad Motor Scooter and Rock the Nation. When St John teamed up with Montrose, they continued to entertain until right before his death, filling clubs and performing at festivals around the world. St John wrote many unreleased tunes with Montrose, many performed at concerts throughout the years.
According to St John, the show will feature surprise cameos, speakers, never-before-seen video clips and other raw footage, showcasing Montrose’s career.
General admission tickets are $35 and available at www.ronniemontroseremembered.com. VIP tickets and Super VIP tickets are also for sale with back-stage privileges, which include a meet ’n’ greet, red-carpet area with a professional photographer, sound-check entrance, a private back-stage bar, Rock Candy T-shirts, and more. See the website for all of the perks.
Although it’s been eight years since Montrose passed, after a long battle with cancer, his contribution to rock music in the early 70’s was the Rock ’n’ Roll Bible for many of the up-and-coming great American rock guitarists and continues to be so. You can’t turn on classic radio without hearing his hits every day, St John remarks.
“I want to give those who appreciate Ronnie the chance to get together in a loving dynamic concert setting where we can all really dig in and enjoy each other through the commonality of Ronnie’s music,” St John says. “Our past memorial concerts have been the highlight of many folks NAMM experience, seeing so many top-billed musicians on stage playing and singing songs which shaped their youth.”
One of the event’s previously featured guitar players, Tracii Guns of L.A Guns and Guns N’ Roses, says this about Montrose: “I grew up listening to Ronnie from a very young age, and I honestly would like to say that in all sincerity the Montrose song Rock Candy is approximately one third of my entire style of guitar playing. The very first time I saw him play was on the Midnight Special TV show back in the early ’70s. The bands raw energy blew me away. Getting to play that song with Keith St John, who nails it with an energy magically capturing the vibe created it with in the ’70s, was a total thrill and my dream come true as a guitar player.”
Updates to the performer list are being made daily at the event’s website www.ronniemontroseremembered.com and on the event’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RonnieMontroseRemembered. They can also be found on St John’s Instagram page at www.instagram.com/keith_st_john.com/. For any additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org.