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    Posted: May 26 2010 at 08:11

 

 

 

May 25th 2010

 

 

Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford to spearhead 'Renaissance' on a multi-city tour of the US and Canada this Summer.



In 2009 Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford, the voice and principal songwriter, respectively, of the band’s most popular lineup, embarked on a special 40th Anniversary Fall Concert Tour to re-introduce to new generations the lush, orchestral favorites that made them a staple of 1970s progressive rock radio. 

 

The nine-city East Coast tour of theaters and performing arts centers, with a newly formed Renaissance was received with much excitement and a great attendance of eager fans from far and wide. The new musicians in the band were welcomed with standing ovations as they brilliantly performed the classics that fans had been waiting so long to hear again.

The tour commenced Oct. 6 in Annapolis, MD, and included sold out shows in New York, Albany, South Orange, Philadelphia and Washington,  home to the nation’s top progressive rock stations during the classic Renaissance era. 


Joining Haslam and Dunford in RENAISSANCE are keyboardist Rave Tesar and bassist/vocalist David J. Keyes, both of whom were previous members of Renaissance and the Annie Haslam Band, plus keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin (Yes, Debbie Harry, Meat Loaf, Francis Dunnery) and drummer/percussionist Frank Pagano (Bruce Springsteen, Smashing Pumpkins, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow). Together, these world class musicians will revisit the symphonic textures, stunning vocals and poetic lyrics that embody the band’s hauntingly compelling international themes, with fresh interpretations of their most admired compositions. “Carpet of the Sun,” “Ocean Gypsy,” “Mother Russia,” "Ashes Are Burning," “Running Hard,” “Prologue,” and "Northern Lights" are central to Renaissance’s most prolific period (1972-78), which produced the albums Prologue, Ashes Are Burning, Turn of the Cards, Novella, Scheherazade and Other Stories, and A Song for All Seasons, as well as 'Live' at Carnegie Hall (1976), the deluxe two-disc set recently reissued. 

 

Renaissance have been busy recording some new songs and will be releasing an EP 'The Mystic and The Muse', to be sold at the upcoming shows.

 

A new CD will be released early next year.

 

 

A new Renaissance re- release on Friday Music, is a DVD/CD set of the band's epic CD 'Scheherazade and Other Stories' along with a DVD of never released before, promotional footage of the band performing unplugged at Millhouse Studio, Maidenhead and also on a soundstage at Bray Film Studios in the UK, 1979.

 

Also Annie's 1977 solo album 'Annie in Wonderland' produced by Roy Wood is being re-released and remastered with an added bonus track on Friday Music.

 

Annie and Roy (ELO, THE MOVE and WIZZARD) have been in the studio recording the Move's hit single 'Flowers in the Rain.'

"The song is perfect for this time, it is uplifting and fun and great to sing along to" says Annie.

This album was a big departure for Annie in the 70's,  a venture into a world of more commercially challenging songs as well as operatic challenges that Annie overcame beautifully.

 

The brand new Renaissance website is up and running. 

Check out atwww.renaissancetouring.com where you will find the new tour dates listed.

The site was designed by Annie and is based around 10 of her paintings.

There will be merchandise for sale and a blog to keep up with the band's activities.



Renaissance originally rose from the ashes of the Yardbirds, with Haslam and Dunford joining at the dawn of the 1970s to define their work with folk rock and classical fusions, including quotations from and allusions to, such composers as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff. It wasn’t long before influential progressive rock FM stations like WNEW (New York), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning on America to Renaissance, while the band was thrilling concertgoers on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in New York City to the Royal Albert Hall in London.Click Here for full biography.

 

 

 

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Jun 12 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Procol Harum Tropicana Casino & Resort

Atlantic City, New Jersey

 

Jun 16 2010

7:30P

Special Guest of Procol Harum Longwood Gardens Amphitheatre

Kennett Square, Pennsylvan, US

 

Jun 20 2010

7:30P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

Westhampton Beach, New York , US

 

Jun 22 2010

7:30P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett The Regent Theatre

Arlington, Massachuse, US

 

Jun 23 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett River to River Festival

New York, New York , US

 

Jun 24 2010

7:30P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett The State Theatre

Falls Church, Virginia , US

 

Jun 25 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett The Palace Theatre

Greensburg, Pennsylvan, US

 

Jun 29 2010

8:00P

Renaissance Park West

Chicago, Illinois

 

Jun 30 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin , US

 

Jul 2 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett Water Street Music Hall

Rochester, New York , US

 

Jul 3 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center

Albany, New York , US

 

Jul 4 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett Festivoix Voix Populaires Loto Quebec Stage

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, undefined, CA

 

Jul 7 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Toronto, Ontario , CA

 

Jul 8 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

 

Jul 9 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett Place des Theatre Maisonneuve

Montreal, Quebec , CA

 

Jul 10 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett Theatre Granada

Sherbrooke, Quebec , CA

 

Jul 12 2010

8:00P

Special Guest of Steve Hackett Quebec City International Summer Festival

Downtown Quebec City, Canada, CANADA

 

Jul 16 2010

9:30P

Renaissance Tarrytown Music Hall

Tarrytown, NY

 



Edited by Parish - May 26 2010 at 08:12
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You know, it will probably be a great show - I'm just looking at the band roster and wondering why, of all the superb drummers out there, a Barry Manilow drummer was selected. While he might be a good drummer, the association alone is enough to make me feel uneasy. A band with progressive roots morphing into anything Barry Manilow is just bizarre. Embarrassed
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We will be there at Tarrytown in July to see this concert. I look forward to writing the review.
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^ Please do so.
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Originally posted by progrockcritic progrockcritic wrote:

We will be there at Tarrytown in July to see this concert. I look forward to writing the review.

I'm quite surprised, it's the first time a band that I actually care about is coming to Tarrytown, which is near where I live. However, the show in NYC is free, so I'm choosing that one.
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