|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||guitar virtuoso rock hard rock classic rock guitar blues|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s|
|Links:||discogs official homepage viaf wikidata wikipedia|
Colorado, USA. After rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose dissolved his own band, Montrose, in 1976, he decided to pursue a solo career. Switching styles from hard rock to jazz rock, he released Open Fire, an instrumental album that was unpopular with fans and critics alike. Disillusioned, he formed Gamma, who recorded three albums between 1979 and 1982. When Gamma ground to a halt in 1983, Montrose recorded Territory, another low-key solo set. In 1987 he teamed up with vocalist Johnny Edwards (later Foreigner) and drummer James Kottak (later of Kingdom Come), both ex-Buster Brown, and ex-Gamma bass player Glen Letsch. Mean was the result, an uncompromising hard rock record that had the guts and musical firepower of Montroses debut, released 13 years previously. This line-up was short-lived, with Johnny Bee Bedanjek replacing Edwards and the addition of synthesizer player Pat Feehan, before The Speed Of Sound was recorded. Adopting a more sophisticated,...