Former MEGADETH Members Join RONNIE MONTROSE's New Band

Jon Matsumoto of The Mercury News is reporting that former MEGADETH members David Ellefson (bass) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) have joined the new band of MONTROSE guitar legend Ronnie Montrose. The group's January 7 appearance at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California is being recorded for possible release later. The lineup seems tailor-made for the type of free-form jamming Montrose prefers on stage.

"It's going to be 100 percent pure high-energy Montrose music," the guitarist, 58, said from his home in Sacramento. "It's the heavy, beautiful, wonderful, loud-rock Montrose show."

Montrose says he expects his current album project, "Ronnie Montrose and Friends: 10x10", to attract a lot of interest. He has recruited some favorite vocalists for different tracks on the album, and he already has created the instrumentals with a rhythm section. The vocalists will do their own melodies and lyrics.

Sammy Hagar, Edgar Winter and DEF LEPPARD's Joe Elliott are among the guest singers. Hagar sang on the first two MONTROSE albums before embarking on a solo career and a long stint with VAN HALEN. Montrose and Hagar also got together when the original MONTROSE band reunited in recent years for some performances.



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