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I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Montrose yesterday. Besides being one of rock's early guitar icons, he was a friend and big influence on the way we wanted the first Van Halen album to sound like. I remember all of us (VH) wanting Ted Templeman, who produced the first Montrose album, to make us sound big like them!! Van Halen opened for Ronnie on a bunch of shows during our first tour in '78, and I've jammed with Ronnie numerous times since. He was always great to hang with, and very dedicated to his craft. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and Sammy, Dennie Carmassi, and Bill Church, the original Montrose band. Ronnie, you touched all of us.
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Just saw him live last month. In fact it was exactly a month yesterday. I'm shocked and very saddened to learn of his death. He seemed happy to be playing a lot and even mentioned it at the show. A sad day, indeed.
 
Thanks for the info . Ronnie was my first show 38 years ago he was one of the greats R.I.P
 
Nice Michael. Ronnie will be missed by all of us fans.
 
My husband and I are shocked and very sadened by the news of Ronnie's passing. Still reeling from the news of Davy Jones's passing last Wednesday now this. Who is next?This is such an incredible loss for the music world.
 
We just saw Ronnie at WestFest at Golden Gate Park, and his guitar had so much life in it, would have loved Sammie being at that show, but the World lost a great guitar player.GODSPEED RONNIE RIP and get on your bad motor scooter and ride
 
Great words, Mike, for a great artist. 
 
You said it all Michael! R.I.P Ronnie!
 
Ronnie is riding his bad motor scooter in heaven! RIP Ronnie........
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