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'Blow Your Pants Off,' the second album from late-night talk-show host Jimmy Fallon is slated for release on June 12th. Past musical guests on his show and artists he's done musical impressions of will be featured on the album.
Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder are going to 'Blow Your Pants Off,' as the album is expected to feature new songs and music from some of the sketches and viral videos the funnyman has helped create for 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' Look for his Neil Young and Doors parodies and the tunes he's sung as the "Tebowie" character, which is a combination of the Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie and football phenomenon Tim Tebow. The record, which is due out on June 12. Fallon just had a 7" vinyl Tebowie single released on Record Store Day 2012, this past Saturday (Apr. 21)
When questioned how the new album got its name Fallon explained, "So far everyone that's heard the album had their pants blown off. There's nothing that we can do about it."
The great Ronnie Montrose, guitar legend for Montrose and Gamma, died Saturday (Mar. 3) from what is most likely prostate cancer, which he had been battling for the past few years.
A statement has been posted on the Montrose official website:" A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose's 64th birthday. He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn't take any of our love for granted. He passed today. He'd battled cancer, and staved off old age for long enough. And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life. We miss him already, but we're glad to have shared with him while we could."
Born in Denver, Colorado, Montrose started out with a band in 1969 called Sawbuck with Bill Church. Montrose had been in the process of recording what would have been his first album with Sawbuck when David Rubinson, the producer, arranged an audition with Van Morrison. That resulted in Montrose gettting his first break when he was invited to play on Van Morrison's 1971 album, Tupelo Honey. He Additional appearances on recordings by Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs, and the Edgar Winter Group. Montrose played on the album They Only Come Out at Night (1972), which included the hit singles "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride". He then formed his own band, Montrose, in 1973. In addition to the guitarist, the band consisted of a then-unknown Sammy Hagar on vocals, as well as bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi.
The quartet issued one of rock's all-time great debuts that year, Montrose, which included hard rock standards "Rock the Nation," "Bad Motor Scooter," "Space Station #5," "Rock Candy" and "Make It Last." Hagar however, left for a solo career after one more release; 1974's 'Paper Money.'
The two Hagar/Montrose albums have been and continue to be influential albums, as evidenced by all the rock acts covering Montrose tunes. Iron Maiden covered "I've Got the Fire" and "Space Station #5." Interestingly, Van Halen (the group Hagar would eventually front for two separate stints) would cover the songs "Rock Candy" and "Make It Last" during their early club days.
Ronnie also added his guitar work to Gary Wright's song, "Power of Love" off the 1975 album, 'The Dream Weaver.'
Montrose the group had a few more releases in the Seventies with Bob James on vocals, before the guitarist issued an all-instrumental solo album, 1978's 'Open Fire.' He then formed Gamma, which released three albums between 1980 and 1983.
Ronnie Montrose and Sammy Hagar eventually reconciled as Montrose appeared on Sammy Hagar's 'Marching To Mars' album along with original Montrose members Bill Church and Denny Carmassi on the song "Leaving The Warmth Of The Womb." The original Montrose lineup also reformed to play as a special guest at several Sammy Hagar concerts in summer 2004 and 2005. Ronnie Montrose has also performed regularly from 2002 to present with a Montrose lineup featuring Keith St. John on lead vocals and a rotating cast of veteran hard rock players on bass and drums.
Rockers have reacted to Ronnie's passing:
Slash (@Slash): Myles just told me Ronnie Montrose passed. fn' shame. “Montrose” is one of the all time great R&R albums. Major influence. RIP man.
Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx): Ronnie Montrose's first two “Montrose” albums & his work with Edger Winter changed my musical life forever.RIP.
Nonpoint (@nonpoint): Another legend gone Rest In Peace Ronnie Montrose
Just heard that my good friend Ronnie Montrose has passed away….I'm speechless…RIP my brother…you will be missed @ the Hughes's.. – Glenn Hughes
Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick): RIP Ronnie Montrose. Though often overlooked, still a towering figure of Bay Area hard rock. 1st 'Montrose' album = essential
David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid): RIP Ronnie Montrose!!! I had the pleasure of playing bass for him circa 2005-07. Such a powerhouse human being
Myles Kennedy (@MylesKennedy): Sad to hear Ronnie Montrose passed away. Rock Candy was one of the first songs I ever learned.
matt sorum (@mattsorum): Lost the great Ronnie Montrose. Check out the first couple of Montrose records if you don't know him. Classic and great. RIP Ronnie
Peter Frampton (@peterframpton): Saddened to hear the passing of friend Ronnie Montrose. He was a wonderful person & an amazing guitar player, I will miss you dear Ronnie.
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."
Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne): "R.I.P. Ronnie Montrose."
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."