"Montrose" was a Californian hard rock band, pioneering the kind of short and punchy songs that would be a template for later and more successful bands such as Van Halen. The band featured Ronnie Montrose on guitar and future solo star and Van Halen member Sammy Hagar. Rounding out the foursome on their Ted Templeman-produced debut, Montrose (Warner Bros., 1973), were drummer Denny Carmassi and Bill Church. The original line-up lasted long enough to make just this one album. The first member to leave was Bill Church who was later replaced by Alan Fitzgerald for the band's second and final album with Hagar on vocals, ''Paper Money'' (Warner Bros., 1974). After departing, Hagar released a succession of solo albums in the mid-to-late 70s and early 80s (often with the remaining members of Montrose) as well as a one-off live album with the band Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve. He joined Van Halen in the mid 1980s. As a band Montrose released a further two albums on Warner Brothers, ''Warner Brothers Presents ...Montrose'' (1975) and ''Jump on It'', both featuring Bob James on vocals, and new member Jim Alcivar on keyboards. On ''Jump On It'' Fitzgerald was replaced on bass by Randy Jo Hobb...
|music genre|| Arena rock, Hard Rock|
Heavy Metal, Classic Rock
|current members|| Ronnie Montrose|
Randy Jo Hobbs