Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose, the hard rock guitarist who lived in Millbrae, died on Saturday after a bout with cancer. He gained fame as a session guitarist with Van Morrison and Edgar Winter before forming the prototypical hard rock band, Montrose, featuring Sammy Hagar on vocals. The band's early releases in the 1970s are considered hard rock classics.

Published in San Jose Mercury News from Mar. 4 to Apr. 4, 2012