Several rock and metal musicians have reponded to the news that legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose died after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.

Montrose passed away yesterday (Saturday, March 3) at the age of 64.

Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE, SLASH): “Sad to hear Ronnie Montrose passed away. ‘Rock Candy’ was one of the first songs I ever learned.”

Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES): “Myles just told me Ronnie Montrose passed. Fn’ shame. ‘Montrose’ is one of the all-time great [rock and roll] albums. Major influence. RIP, man.”

David Ellefson (MEGADETH): “RIP Ronnie Montrose!!! So sad to hear of this today. I had the pleasure of playing bass for him circa 2005-07. Such a powerhouse human being and ferocious guitarist. I learned a lot from him! God’s peace.”

Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT): “RIP Ronnie Montrose. Though often overlooked, still a towering figure of Bay Area hard rock. First MONTROSE album = essential.”

Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER): “Just found out that the legendary Ronnie Montrose died. That first MONTROSE album was life-changing for me.”

Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG): “Rest in peace, Ronnie Montrose. First MONTROSE record — one of the greatest rock records ever made.”

Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES, THE CULT): “Lost the great Ronnie Montrose. Check out the first couple of MONTROSE records if you don’t know him. Classic and great. RIP Ronnie.”

NONPOINT: “Another legend gone, Rest in peace, Ronnie Montrose.”

Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE): “R.I.P. Ronnie Montrose.”

Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE): “Just heard that my good friend Ronnie Montrose has passed away. I’m speechless. RIP, my brother…you will be missed at the Hughes‘.”

TESLA: “We all loved him.”

Kip Winger (WINGER): “I had the pleasure of working with Ronnie not too long ago. He was a real gem, very giving and very talented. A great loss to the world. RIP, Ronnie.”

Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic “That Metal Show” co-host): “Woke to very sad news Ronnie Montrose has passed away from cancer at 64. He created one of the all-time landmark hard rock albums with debut LP… [I] also liked GAMMA, but nothing touches the debut album, a masterpiece that influenced SO many rock and metal bands! RIP, Ronnie Montrose.”


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