Leighsa Montrose, widow of guitar great Ronnie Montrose, who committed suicide in March, showed fans at a recent tribute concert a message Ronnie wrote shortly before he died.
The message, titled Words of Musical Expression from Ronnie, said: “Music is one of the most powerful and precious gifts we all share.
“The best that any of us can do is try to connect with the core of what it is that drives us to express ourselves through any creative medium we choose, and bring as much of ourselves as we can to that process.
“I have chosen playing guitar and composing music (or have they chosen me?) as my principal means of creative expression. For me, the work of refining that process is always ongoing.
“My wish is that you find all of the pleasure and joy in listening to this music that I found in creating it.
“My deepest gratitude to the incredible gifted and talented musicians who helped me to bring this music to you. Ronnie.”
The tribute concert in San Francisco featured a host of rock luminaries including Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Neal Schon. Schon told UltimateClassicrock.com that the entire show was recorded on video and audio.