Former Montrose Singer Robert “Bob” James dies from stomach ulcer complications. He was only 68 years old. News of his passing was broken by a friend who posted to Facebook. James got his big break when he was drafted by Ronnie Montrose to replace Sammy Hagar in 1975, in a reconfigured Montrose lineup that released two albums, “Warner Bros. Presents…Montrose” (1975) and “Jump On It” (1976). After leaving Montrose a year later, James reunited with his pre-Montrose band Shatterminx, A.K.A. Swan, which recorded and gigged in the Los Angeles area. James also fronted the Peter Frampton-mentored New York City-based group Magnet, which featured ex-Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and released the album “Worldwide Attraction” on A&M. Throughout most of the 1980s, James was active with his Los Angeles-based band Elements. We send out condolences out to his family and friends at this time.