After getting his break playing on Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey in 1971, Montrose went on to session work with Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs, and the Edgar Winter Group (including performing on that band's seminal rock instrumental "Frankenstein") before forming his own band in 1973 with a then-unknown Sammy Hagar. Montrose the band released two albums before Hagar's departure; they would work together again, with Ronnie and original band members Bill Church and Denny Carmassi playing on Hagar's 1997 solo album Marching to Mars, and appearing as special guests on his 2004 and 2005 solo tours.
Montrose remained busy throughout his career, releasing albums interchangeably as a solo artist and with both Montrose and his second band, Gamma (formed in 1979), along with continued session work for artists as diverse as Gary Wright, Nicolette Larson, and the Neville Brothers. He still performed live on a regular basis, as well; he was scheduled for a show here in Santa Clara at the Avalon at the end of March. (As heavily involved as he was with SF Bay Area charities, I find myself hoping that they'll turn the event into a memorial fundraiser.)
But none of y'all are here to listen to me ramble - you're here for the music, and I don't blame you. From his 1978 solo album Open Fire, here is Ronnie Montrose, recorded live in New York City, with his version of the Academy Award-nominated song "Town Without Pity."
One of the great heroes of Eastern Europe's transition from communism to liberty. No bombastic speeches, no image consultants, just a man dedicated to an idea and willing to make it happen. Ethical, honorable, humble and brilliant. A combination too rarely seen these days. Odpočívej v pokoji, Václav.
So much for my dream of having a beer with him in Prague.
She was one of the great ones. She broke barriers by openly talking about both breast cancer and substance abuse; taboo subjects at the time. She appeared as herself on a memorable episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. One of the good ones.
Enjoy Apocalyptica featuring Cristina Scabbia - SOS (Anything But Love) Live at Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2008
And a bonus video link. As you've all heard by now, we've lost Clarence Clemons, the long-tine saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. Clemons also played a number of shows with the Grateful Dead. He was one of the few guest players who really grokked the Dead's energy. Enjoy Clarence and Jerry playing Standing On The Moon
The metal world was shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Ronnie James Dio last May. Along with being one of the most powerful voices in metal, originator of the "metal horns" gesture, and all-around malevolent little elf, Dio was a mentor to many metal acts. He was the kind of artist who would take an act with one EP and a local club following and drag them onto a national tour because he saw something in them. A good number of currently successful metal acts in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal owe their national exposure to Ronnie James Dio's encouragement, advice, and experience. One such act is Oakland, California's own Machine Head. Lead singer Robb Flynn in particular forged a close friendship with Dio. The two were even planning a project together when Dio's health turned for the worse.
Flynn turned to music in his grief. He recorded a cover of the Black Sabbath classic Die Young the day after Dio's death. Encouraged by the surviving members of Sabbath as well as by his band mates, he went back and added additional guitars and vocals, releasing the song as a free download on Machine Head's home page. Die Young is one of those songs that people endlessly debate. The lyrics are open to interpretation. Some say it's about the futility of life. I believe it's about living each day as if it were your last, and never giving into age.. Die as a young man or woman in attitude and action.
The download was so popular that Flynn decided to make a video for the song. According to rumor/legend, the video was shot in Flynn's own backyard and edited on his home computer. So ciarhwyfar, and the rest of you lot, please enjoy Robb Flynn's acoustic tribute to Ronnie James Dio - Die Young.
Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as "Diamond Darrell", and "Dimebag Darrell" (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004) was an American guitarist, best known as a founding member of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan. He also performed in the southern rock band Rebel Meets Rebel.
Abbott frequently appeared in guitar magazines and in readers' polls, and wrote a long-running Guitar World magazine column, which was compiled into the book, Riffer Madness. He was praised for his tone and was included in "The 50 Greatest Tones of All Time" by Guitar Player magazine. Remembered for his amiable nature and rapport with fans, Abbott was described by Allmusic as "one of the most influential stylists in modern metal." On December 8, 2004, Abbott was murdered on stage during a Damageplan performance at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio.
We present two videos to remember Dimebag. First up is his country/metal effort Rebel Meets Rebel performing Nothin' to Lose:
The second comes from this year's Dimebash benefit show. Dave Lombardo, Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez and Rob Flynn cover Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
Thomson, despite a great career, will forever be linked with that one swing of the bat. The Giants were down 13.5 games to the Dodgers in the second week of August only to go 37-7 the rest of the way (including a 16 game winning streak). They tied the Dodgers on the last game of the season to face a 3-game playoff for the Pennant. They were down 4-2 in the 9th inning of game 3 of that series when Thomson hit the most famous home run in baseball history. Amazingly enough, Russ Hodges' iconic call was only recorded because a Dodgers fan was recording the Giants' broadcast to torment a friend who followed the Orange and Black. Instead, he captured one of the best home-run calls of all time.
I am especially struck by the death of a very talented left-handed bass player.
This morning, in tribute to Paul we present Slipknot performing one of their signature tunes, Psychosocial, off 2008's All Hope Is Gone
I've seen Ronnie in concert several times, with Dio and Black Sabbath. To see that malevolent little elf on stage you'd never think he was in his mid-sixties. An incredible frontman who obviously loves the music and the fans. He's also the guy who gave the world metal horns. Let's hope he pulls through so we can all sing along on Heaven and Hell again.
But for today, even some classic Dio, Man on the Silver Mountain
EDIT: I'm sad to report that Ronnie passed away this morning at the age of 67.