ANNIE HASLAM of RENAISSANCE (59:15)
David Randall chats to Annie about prog rockers Renaissance
Also available in several parts here
Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US & UK in support of their latest DVD release “Live at The Union Chapel”.
The band will be touring with art-rockers Curved Air for much of their UK dates in April.
Filmed at The Union Chapel in London UK on April 16, 2015 the DVD features Renaissance performing such favourite classics as “Carpet Of The Sun”, “Ocean Gypsy”, “Mother Russia”, “Ashes Are Burning” and newer pieces “Symphony of Light” and “Grandine il Vento”. The DVD is NTSC all-region, with LPCM stereo and Dolby Digital surround audio tracks. A Bluray version is planned in 2016.
Renaissance are considered pioneers of symphonic prog rock but in spite of considerable success in the USA and UK in the 1970s (culminating in a Top 10 hit with ‘Northern Lights’) they split in the late-1980s. They reconfigured in 2009 and produced their first album in thirteen years with “Symphony of Light”. Michael Dunford, who with Annie Haslam was the longest serving band member, died prematurely in 2012. Renaissance last toured in the UK in April 2015.
The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert acoustic guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.
Gig review (2015)
Interview (Annie Haslam, 2015)
Interview (Sonja Kristina, 2015)
More information (Renaissance, website)
More information (Curved Air, website)
UK – (April 17-26 with Curved Air)
April 14 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching
April 15 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching
April 17 – Opera House – Buxton
April 18 – The Stables – Milton Keynes
April 19 – Robin 2 – Wolverhampton
April 20 – Academy – Newcastle
April 21 – ABC – Glasgow
April 24 – Academy – Bournemouth
April 26 – Shepherds Bush Empire – London
On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.
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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)
BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)
Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)
Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)
JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)
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