We Can't Wait For The Final Ronnie Montrose Album
Sammy Hagar, Edgar Winter, Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa and many many other rock stars will play in '10 by 10', Montrose final album, in stores by the beginning of 2017.
Ronnie Montrose, who founded the band Montrose along with Sammy Hagar in 1973, passed away on March 3, 2012 at the age of 64.
Styx bassist Ricky Phillips outlined the history behind the project during a recent interview with Sleaze Roxx. Ricky explained his early involvement as well as the many steps he’s taken to bring it to completion following Montrose’s death. Although a release date has yet to be announced, Phillips said he hopes to have the album, titled '10 by 10', in stores by “the beginning of 2017.”
The title, explained Phillips, came from Montrose, and reflected his central idea that the album would feature 10 different guest vocalists. “I said, ‘That’s a great idea, Ronnie, but we can’t even think of one singer we like! How are we going to find 10?!’”
Montrose had a list of contenders — and it sounds like all of them were eager to enlist, including Sammy Hagar, Edgar Winter, Gran Funk Railroad veteran Mark Farner, ex-Gamma member David Pattison, Mr Big frontman Eric Martin and Gregg Rolie.
Unfortunately, Montrose died before he could track solos for the record, but Phillips filled the void with “guys that Ronnie was into” — and added even more guests to round out the sessions.
“I didn’t get everybody that I went after, but I think all the right guys are on the record,” said Phillips.“There’s a great mix of singers and guitarists on there. I have Glenn Hughes on a track with Phil Collen from Def Leppard playing the solo, Sammy Hagar featuring Steve Lukater, Eric Martin, I paired up with Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and on and on. We have Joe Bonamassa on there too. I also have Brad Whitford, who is the unsung hero to both Ronnie and I in Aerosmith. He’s the dark horse in that band. I called him and he was honored to be a part of it. I can’t wait for you to hear the track with Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer. It sounds like it was lifted right out of the ‘70s.”