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$5 Album MP3 Deal: Montrose ‘Montrose’
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Montrose - Montrose

Right now, the classic self-title debut album Montrose is available for only $5 in MP3 format as part of Amazon.com’s $5 MP3 album deal. (The CD is currently $8.98 and is an AutoRip, which means you get a free MP3 with the physical copy.)

The album, featuring lead vocalist Sammy Hagar and guitarist Ronnie Montrose, includes rock heavies “Rock the Nation,” “Bad Motor Scooter,” “Space Station #5,” and “Rock Candy.”

If you’re looking for more music deals, be sure to check out all 100 albums on sale in MP3 format right now for only $5 each as part of Amazon’s monthly MP3 album deals.

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Happy Birthday To Guitarist Extraordinaire Eddie Van Halen
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Eddie Van Halen

Happy Birthday today to Eddie Van Halen, who remains, at the still young age of 59, considering he’s seemingly been around forever, and indeed, the first Van Halen record was released 35 years ago this year, one of the, if not THE, (in the opinions of many, many guitar heroes globally) greatest guitarists of all time.

Hailing from the Netherlands, and the son of a musical dynamo in his dad, Jan, who played brass instruments and the piano, Eddie Van Halen learned his craft by rote, by “listening and watching” in his own admission. Although his style is a hyperfast, tasteful stream of musical consciousness on the fretboard, it’s interesting to note that he grew up on bands like Cream and Led Zeppelin, who both of course had guitarists that were and still are legends in their own right in Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page respectively, yet neither of those men ever had the kind of technical razzle dazzle aurally manifested like the sounds that came through the amplifiers of Eddie Van Halen.

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$5 Album MP3 Deal: Montrose ‘Montrose’
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Montrose - Montrose

This month the classic Montrose debut album Montrose is available for only $5 as part of Amazon.com’s 1,000 MP3 albums for $5 sale. (The CD is currently $9.70.)

Featuring classic rock staples such as “Rock the Nation,” “Bad Motor Scooter,” “Space Station #5,” and “Rock Candy,” lead vocalist Sammy Hagar and guitarist Ronnie Montrose (who sadly died earlier this year) combine for one of the finest rock debuts of all time.

Browse all 1,000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.

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$3 MP3 Album Deal: Van Halen ‘The Best Of Both Worlds’
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Van Halen The Best Of Both Worlds

This week, the Van Halen hits album The Best Of Both Worlds is on sale for only $2.99 in MP3 format. The CD is on sale as well for only $12.18.

The Best Of Both Worlds contains some of the biggest hits from both eras of the band with singers David Lee Roth – “Jump,” “Panama, “Hot For Teacher,” “You Really Got Me,” and Sammy Hagar – “Why Can’t This Be Love,” “Dreams,” “Top Of The World,” “When It’s Love.” If you dig Van Halen even just a little, here’s what you need to know: there’s 36 songs on this collection and it’s only $2.99, so this is a no-brainer. Grab it now.

Browse all 1,000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99 each.

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Rock Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Has Died
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Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose, guitarist and founder of the rock band Montrose, died on Saturday, March 3, 2012, after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 64.

The news of his death was announced on the Ronnie Montrose official website. You can read the official statement here below.

The band Montrose is best know for its time with former frontman Sammy Hagar, who went on to achieve great fame and fortune with Van Halen. Hagar wrote a lot about his years in Montrose and his collaboration with Ronnie Montrose in his 2011 autobiography Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. With Hagar, who appeared on the first two albums – Montrose and Paper Money, the band had its greatest success with songs like “Rock Candy,” “Rock The Nation,” and “Bad Motor Scooter.”

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Music Review: Chickenfoot – III (3D Packaging)
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Chickenfoot
III
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Release date: October 24, 2011 UK
November 1, 2011 U.S.

Supergroups are always a precious thing. Usually the ego-meter is higher than the number of tracks recorded, but lower than the probability that it will crash and burn. Having two ex-members of Van Halen in Chickenfoot always sounded like someone was waving a blowtorch at a short fuse. The explosion would surely follow.

And yet here we are, two years after Chickenfoot’s self-titled debut album for album number two. According to guitarist Joe Satriani in his interview with Geeks of Doom, singer Sammy Hagar named the band’s second album III because drummer Chad Smith and bassist Michael Anthony wanted to call it IV. Well I’m glad that’s cleared that up then.

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Interview: Chickenfoot Guitarist Joe Satriani
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Joe Satriani has earned huge success as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. He has recorded 13 solo albums (including the hugely popular and cosmically amazing Surfing With The Alien) and appeared on countless others by various different artists.

In 2008, Satriani teamed up with ex-Montrose and Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and a Chickenfoot was hatched. His wealth of experience and talent prevented them from being just another ‘supergroup’ and helped them become a hard-rockin’ hard rock party band.

Their self-titled debut album was a huge success as were the live performances captured on the DVD Chickenfoot: Get Your Buzz On LIVE. These legends of the genre return with their second album, the confusingly named Chickenfoot III on September 27th. Early reviews suggest it’s better than the first.

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Rocker Sammy Hagar Reenacts His Alien Encounter On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
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Sammy Hagar - Jimmy Kimmel Live

Rocker Sammy Hagar made an appearance last night on the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote this new autobiography Red.

Hagar hasn’t been on mainstream radar since his days as Van Halen’s frontman, but thanks to a little story he wrote in Red about an alien encounter he had decades ago, the musician has blipped back onto screens across the nation.

During Hagar’s interview with host Jimmy Kimmel, the segment cut away to Hagar doing a reenactment of his alien encounter, complete with voiceover narration from the passage of the book.

Watch the video of the reenactment here below.

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Book Review: Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock by Sammy Hagar
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Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock by Sammy HagarRed: My Uncensored Life in Rock
By Sammy Hagar
Hardcover | Kindle
HarperCollins
Release date: March 15, 2011

Sammy Hagar was once the frontman of one of the biggest and greatest bands in history, the mighty Van Halen. But while Hagar sang about standing on “Top Of The World,” as he surely was at times, making millions of dollars, living a life of luxury with fast cars and plenty of women, the musician didn’t always have it easy. Matter of fact, Hagar spent years learning that money, fame, and hit records couldn’t solve every problem, like his wife’s mental state or his bandmate’s addictions and jealousies.

In his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, we learn that Hagar began life modestly in Fontana, CA. The youngest of four children, he was raised in a low-income household with an alcoholic father who abused his mother. He later went on have his own family with little means of supporting them, but Hagar makes it clear that he was always a hard worker. It always seemed that the entertainer got his big break in music when he was asked by the Van Halen brothers, guitarist Eddie and drummer Alex, to replace their departing singer David Lee Roth just as the band had come off a winning strike with their best-selling album up until that time, 1984. But while Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands at the time, thanks to hits like “Jump” and “Panana,” Hagar was already a successful solo artist who had actually made enough money and did enough tours on his own to retire from music altogether. And retire to a life of solitude with his wife and kids was his plan until Eddie Van Halen persuaded him to join the band, and while Hagar was reluctant to accept, his chemistry musically with Van Halen proved too strong a force to deny — the singer/guitarist was ready for the “Best Of Both Worlds.”

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Video: Sammy Hagar Talks About His ‘Red’ Autobiography
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Sammy Hagar - Red

Rock legend Sammy Hagar just released his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, and trust me, it’s seriously uncensored.

Hagar is best known for his role as frontman of Van Halen (replacing David Lee Roth in the mid-1980s) and as you can imagine, he’s got some great stories to tell.

Check out the video here below of Hagar talking a bit about his new book, along with his co-author Joel Selvin.

You may have seen the buzz on Hagar’s comments to MTV about being abducted by aliens. I have to say, that’s brilliant marketing right there, because all of a sudden the name “Sammy Hagar” is all over the net. Personally, I’d rather read about his musical endeavors and what it was like to be part of one of the biggest bands in the world.

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