Montrose
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San Francisco's Montrose, formed by veteran guitarist Ronnie Montrose (who had already played with Herbie Hancock and Van Morrison) and by vocalist Sammy Hagar, were for a few years the West Coast's premier hard-rock band. Montrose (Warner, 1973), featuring Rock Candy, Space Station No 5 and Bad Motor Scooter, and Paper Money (1974) revealed the aggressive, pyrotechnic styles of both guitarist and vocalist.

Hagar left the band after the second album and launched a solo career that peaked with the album Street Machine (1979) and a number of hits (There's Only One Way To Rock, 1981; Heavy Metal, 1981; I'll Fall In Love Again, 1981; Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy, 1982; I Can't Drive 55, 1984; Give To Live, 1987), and then joined Van Halen.

Montrose kept the band alive through three more albums and then launched a solo career with the (far more interesting) instrumental album Open Fire (Warner, 1978). After three albums with a new band, Gamma, Montrose returned to his classy, mostly instrumental art: Territory (1986), The Speed of Sound (1988), Diva Station (IRS, 1990), Mutatis Mutandis (IRS, 1991), Music From Here (Fearless Urge, 1994).

Ronnie Montrose died in march 2012.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Gianluca Mantovan)

I Montrose di San Francisco, formati dal veterano Ronnie Montrose (chitarrista che aveva gia' suonato con Herbie Hancock e Van Morrison) e dal vocalist Sammy Hagar, furono per alcuni anni la maggior hard-rock band della West Coast. Montrose (Warner, 1973), con Rock Candy, Space Station No 5 e Bad Motor Scooter, e Paper Money (1974) rivelarono lo stile aggressivo e pirotecnico sia del chitarrista che del vocalist. Dopo il secondo album Hagar abbandono' la band a favore della sua carriera solista (There's Only One Way To Rock, 1981; Heavy Metal, 1981; I'll Fall In Love Again, 1981; Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy, 1982; I Can't Drive 55, 1984; Give To Live, 1987), prima di unirsi ai Van Halen. Montrose tenne in vita la band con altri tre album prima di partire con la carriera solista con il ben piu' interessante album strumentale Open Fire (Warner, 1978). Dopo tre album con una nuova band, Gamma, Montrose torno' alla sua arte strumentale di classe: Territory (1986), The Speed of Sound (1988), Diva Station (IRS, 1990), Mutatis Mutandis (IRS, 1991), Music From Here (Fearless Urge, 1994).

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