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How Ronnie Montrose's final album came to life after his death

The guitarist died before finishing his last album 10x10, but a host of big names ensured it was completed

When Ronnie Montrose died on March 3, 2012 he hadn‘t released a new studio album in 13 years. But that didn’t mean the man who revolutionised hard rock in the 70s with his band Montrose had been idle. For a decade, the guitarist had been working on an ambitious project that remained unfinished at the time of his death.

“Ronnie called me up with an idea one day: ‘I’m calling the record 10x10 – ten songs, ten different singers’,” says bassist Ricky Phillips, who first played with Ronnie Montrose in the 1990s. “He said: ‘I’m going to call Edgar Winter, Sammy Hagar, Eric Martin…’ People he knew and people he worked with.”

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