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WATCH: Montrose performs “Bad Motor Scooter” LIVE – 1974 w. Sammy Hagar

What a great live performance! For those who aren’t familiar with the band, Montrose was a California-based band formed in early 1973 and which originally featured Ronnie Montrose on guitar, future Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar, bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi. Their self-titled debut album, produced by Ted Templeman, was released on Warner Bros in late 1973, and while it was not a big seller at the time (peaking only at No. 133 on the U.S. Billboard charts), it proved to be something of an international “sleeper hit” because, over a period of several decades it ended up selling more than one million copies, vaulting it into Platinum status.

“Bad Motor Scooter” was the second track from the album Montrose and was released on October 17, 1973.  “Bad Motor Scooter” (along with “Rock Candy”) is arguably the best known song by Montrose and was actually written Sammy Hagar. Its now famous introduction, a distorted electric slide guitar sound which closely emulates that of a revving motorcycle, became the defining feature of the song.

So, here we have Montrose, from May of 1974 on The Old Grey Whistle Test performing “Bad Motor Scooter” LIVE with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals and the late Ronnie Montrose (who passed away in 2012) on guitar. It’s a classic combination that produced an amazing result! It’s not great video, but it certainly captures the raw energy of the band.

You will find a Ronnie Montrose Facebook page in his honor, or visit  you can visit this website.

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