Famous rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose died, on Saturday, at the age of 64 after a long battle with prostate cancer.
In 2009 Montrose had announced he had battled the “debilitating” cancer and beaten it. However, shortly after it had returned.
Before forming his own band in 1973, Montrose played with Van Morrison on his “Tupelo Honey Album and then played with Boz Scaggs. He also played on the Edgar Winter Group album called, ‘They Only Come Out at Night,’ which included the top 20 hit song ‘Free Ride.’
His four man band first featured Sammy Hagar as the lead vocalist, before he launched his own solo career and then joined Van Halen.
After putting out two albums with his band ‘Montrose’ and ‘Ronnie Montrose’ he formed the band ‘Gamma’ in 1979 with Davey Pattison on lead vocals.
Through his career he also worked with other artist such as Johnny Winter, Beau Brummels, the Neville Brothers, and also lent a hand to Hagar on his solo album, ‘Marching to Mars.’
After his death this past weekend a statement on his website read; “A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose’s 64th birthday. He gave an impromptu speech and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn’t take any of our love for granted. He passed today. He’d battled cancer, and staved off old age for long enough. And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life. We miss him already, but we’re glad to have shared him while we could.”