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AC/DC drummer Simon Wright to do final drum track on new RRO release!

I am so very pleased to announce that the Renaissance Rock Orchestra has recruited AC/DC and Dio drummer Simon Wright to record the final drum track on our new record "In Times Of Olde"!

Simon will be playing on a very prog-ish track called "The Maker Of dreams". It is a piece with numerous and complicated time changes and is an epic 12 minute journey through numerous musical "movements".

Here's a bit more about Mr. Wright!

- Simon Wright is an English drummer best known for his time with rock n' roll bands AC/DC and Dio.He started playing drums at the age of 13. His biggest influences include Cozy Powell, Tommy Aldridge and John Bonham.

At twenty years old Simon joined AC/DC after their drummer, Phil Rudd, left in May 1983. AC/DC recorded three albums with Wright in the mid-late 80s;Fly on the Wall, Who Made Who and Blow Up Your Video. Wright left the group in November 1989 to join Dio. He has had two stints with Dio, 1990–91 and 1998–2010. With Dio Simon recorded four studio albums (Lock up the Wolves, Magica, Killing the Dragon and Master of the Moon) and two live albums (Evil or Divine - Live In New York City and Holy Diver - Live).

Simons drumming can also be heard on albums by UFO and the Michael Schenker Group.

In August 2009, Wright teamed up with Joe Lynn Turner, Phil Soussan and Carlos Cavazo as part of the Big Noize project, playing shows in Iraq and Kuwait and in 2013 joined Geoff Tate's band Operation:Mindcrime.

Simon welcome to the Renaissance Rock Orchestra! We are very blessed to have you aboard!

Get your RRO CD "White Gate Trilogy" with 8 page booklet at CD Baby!

The Renaissance Rock Orchestra is a neoclassical prog-rock group that features performances by numerous well known rock artists. Our music blends symphonic and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal.

Get your hard copy of our EP “The White Gate Trilogy” at cdbaby.com. It comes with an awesome 8 page booklet of artist pics & “RRO secrets” with beautiful artwork throughout! Includes info about The Renaissance Rock Orchestra including production details and specific information about each song and the special guest star artists that performed on each individual track.

You’ll be fascinated by this music and the 8 page booklet that comes with it which continues to unravel the mystery of who RRO is and the amazing rock artists that have joined RRO to create this unique symphonic rock. Page after page open to reveal pictures of the musicians live and in the studio with RRO. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/therenaissancerockorches2 ‪#‎TSO‬ ‪#‎prog‬ ‪#‎progrock‬ ‪#‎classicalrock‬ ‪#‎progmetal‬ ‪#‎neoclassicalrock‬ ‪#‎transiberianorchestra‬ ‪#‎dreamtheater‬ ‪#‎queensryche‬ ‪#‎queen‬ ‪#‎kansas‬ ‪#‎yes‬ ‪#‎robinmcauley‬ ‪#‎howardleese‬ ‪#‎georgelynch‬ ‪#‎brentfitz‬ ‪#‎scottrockenfield‬ ‪#‎briantichy‬ ‪#‎alanwhite‬ ‪#‎bumblefoot‬ ‪#‎gunsnroses‬ ‪#‎vinnyappice‬ ‪#‎blacksabbath‬ ‪#‎dio‬ ‪#‎lynchmob‬ ‪#‎survivor‬ ‪#‎heart‬ ‪#‎paulrodgers‬ ‪#‎slash‬ ‪#‎whitesnake‬ #joelhoekstra #gnr #rockstars

Whitesnake / TSO guitarist helps bring RRO CD "In Times Of Olde" home!

Hi gang! Thank you all again SO much for your belief and for helping us to create this visionary progressive/classical rock CD! We have been HARD at it recording and mixing the CD for you! It's all coming along beautifully BUT a little slowly! Most of our delays are due to the schedules of most of the renowned artists that you know we are harnessing to complete this epic music. It's going to BLOW YOUR MINDS!! We won't get it released by our original estimation of MARCH ( ugh), BUT we still hope to have it to you by the end of April! We know you want it to be PERFECT ( well, WE do too!) We're going to present you with a brilliant and unique compilation of music and artistic rock performances!

We are happy to announce that accomplished guitar virtuouso Joel Hoekstra from Whitesnake, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the Broadway show Rock Of Ages has completed guitar tracks for our magnificent prog effort "The Maker Of Dreams"!

Here's a little more about the mighty Joel Hoekstra!

Guitarist Joel Hoekstra is currently in the band Whitesnake. The son of classical musicians, he started out playing cello and piano at a young age, but it was hearing Angus Young of AC/DC that inspired him to start guitar. He was raised in the suburbs of Chicago, but has lived in New York City since 2001. In addition to Whitesnake, over the years he has toured and recorded with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and performed as the lead guitarist in the Broadway musical, Rock of Ages. He also made a cameo appearance alongside Sebastian Bach, Nuno Bettencourt, Kevin Cronin and Debbie Gibson in the big screen movie adaptation. Joel has also played on stage and in studio with Foreigner, Dee Snider, Jeff Scott Soto, Jim Peterik, The Turtles, Big Brother & the Holding Company and many more. Joel has appeared as guest guitarist on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic twice. Joel has recorded and/or performed live with an amazing list of artists including Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Foreigner, The Turtles, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Dee Snider, Jeff Scott Soto, Amy Lee (Evanescence), Alan Parsons, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Bret Michaels, Tommy Shaw (Styx), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), John Waite, Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Ted Nugent, Sebastian Bach, Donnie & Johnny Van Zant, Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Derek St. Holmes, Glenn Hughes, David Pack (Ambrosia), Martha Davis (The Motels) & Mickey Thomas (Starship).

Keyboardist Fox heads back to the Rock Vault

Headin back to the Raiding The Rock Vault show again next week Wednesday & Thursday the 24rth & 25th at The Tropicana. I'll be filling in for fellow keyboardist Michael T. Ross as I perform all the classics during this awesome history of rock. I'll be playing with some amazing ‪#‎rock‬ artists in this live show including Howard Leese (‪#‎Heart‬ / ‪#‎PaulRodgers‬) , Robin Mc Auley ( ‪#‎Survivor‬ / ‪#‎MSG‬), Hugh McDonald ( ‪#‎BonJovi‬), Paul Shortino ( ‪#‎QuietRiot‬ #roughcutt), Andrew Freeman (‪#‎Offspring‬), & Jay Schellen ( ‪#badfinger #‎Asia‬). ‪#‎rockvault‬ ‪#‎raidingtherockvault‬ ‪#‎thetrop‬ ‪#‎tropicana‬ ‪#‎liveshows‬ ‪#‎lasvegas‬ #keyboardist #greggfox #renaissancerockorchestra

RRO keyboardist Gregg Fox performs #1 Vegas show "Rock Vault"

This coming week Wed. & Thurs. nights (Jan. 27 & 28th) Renaissance Rock Orchestra keyboardist Gregg Fox will be filling in again at the #1 ranked Vegas show Raiding The Rock Vault for keyboardist Michael T. Ross at The Tropicana! He will be sharing the stage with some brilliant artists like Howard Leese (Heart), Robin Mc Auley ( MSG/Survivor), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), Andrew Freeman (The Offspring), Paul Shortino ( Quiet Riot/Rough Cutt), Jay Schellen ( Badfinger/Asia), Mark Boals (Malmsteen) and Stephanie Calvert ( Starship) as they jam the history of rock! Come out! Rock on!

Fellow RRO guest artists performing in Rock Vault on a regular basis include Heart guitarist and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Howard Leese and MSG/Survivor vocalist Robin McAuley.

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Legendary drummer Vinny Appice joins RRO on new record!

As the Renaissance Rock Orchestra continues recording "In Times Of Olde" for you we also continue to enlist some of the greatest musicians in the rock world to our ranks! We happily announce that legendary drummer Vinny Appice from John Lennon, Rick Derringer, Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio & Heaven and Hell is laying drums on our new prog rock track "The Ice Age Cometh"!

When he was sixteen, Appice and his band BOMF met John Lennon at Record Plant Studios, leading to him appearing on several Lennon recordings. He moved on to record with Rick Derringer on Derringer (1976), Sweet Evil (1977), and Derringer Live (1977), before forming his own band Axis and recording It's A Circus World (1978).

Appice joined Black Sabbath during the tour in support of the Heaven and Hell album in 1980. He was quickly brought in to replace original drummer Bill Ward, who quit the band mid-tour due to personal issues. Appice arrived for his first show with Black Sabbath at the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii with his entire drum kit packed into the back of a car. Appice subsequently appeared on the Black Sabbath albums Mob Rules (1981) and Live Evil (1982). In late 1982 he left Black Sabbath along with vocalist Ronnie James Dio and formed the band Dio. They recorded Holy Diver (1983), The Last in Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Intermission (1986), and Dream Evil (1987).

In 1992 he returned to Black Sabbath for the Dehumanizer album and tourand then rejoined Dio and they recorded Strange Highways (1994) and Angry Machines (1996).

Appice rejoined his Black Sabbath bandmates Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, and Tony Iommi in 2006 as Heaven & Hell, touring and releasing one studio album, The Devil You Know, before Dio's death in 2010.

Vinny will actually be using the SAME drum kit that he played on when recording the Black Sabbath records! Excellent!

We're very excited to make this announcement and can't wait to share with you soon the rockin and historical drum skills of Vinny Appice on our powerful new prog rock track "The Ice Age Cometh" which also has some brilliant guitar work by Great White guitarist Robby Lochner!

Thank you again Vinny! Welcome to the Renaissance Rock Orchestra!

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Your help brings RRO closer to a live concert near you!

Your help at ANY level brings the Renaissance Rock Orchestra one step closer to a live concert near you!

Calling all friends, fans, family, siblings, parents, & co-workers! WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!!

EVERY pledge counts! Every contribution is important!

ONLY 24 more days!! We are 37% PERCENT funded! People have donated $3,546 so far BUT we still need $5,954 or WE GET NOTHING!!



Please help us bring this Kickstarter campaign to a successful close so we can record more amazing new music for you!!

Thank you for your undying love and support and your belief in me and my music!

Sincerely and gratefully,

Gregg Fox




RRO launches new Kickstarter campaign!

Rockstars create new prog rock!

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise funds to help Renaissance Rock Orchestra raise $9,500 in 44 days to make a new CD.

Gregg Fox reports that all the music has been written and the keyboards and bass lines have all been recorded. According to Fox, it is his best material ever. All 5 songs will include world class vocalists and guitarists. An astonishingly great RRO album to take you to wherever you usually go when you hear their music!

They have until October 17th to raise their goal. You can pledge from $5 USD to $5,000 USD, and you will get a number of perks, including T-shirts, backstage passes, VIP packages, Cd's and downloadable music from the new album "In Times Of Olde" which already features drums by Heart drummer Ben Smith and guitars solo's by Gun n Roses guitarist extraordinaire, Bumblefoot! Any amount will be truly welcomed. Don't think, act!


CAST YOUR VOTE! Help RRO get to Barcelona!!

CAST YOUR VOTE for the Renaissance Rock Orchestra and help us get to Barcelona where we'll play in front of 60,000 people on the masin stage! It'll be a fun battle of the bands starting in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock on the strip. Watch us perform with some of our extremely talented and well known rock musicians that could include musicians like Robin McAuley vocalist for McAuley-Schenker Group, Survivor and the Raiding The Rock Vault show in Las Vegas and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee from "Heart" guitarist Howard Leese. It'll be a great show and a rockin battle! Lets' make this happen!! VOTE NOW!! http://www.hardrockrising.com/#/4651?artist_id=2937904&voting_token=76ff1716cf0bff1557c2e4a444f725e5 Thank you all!! Gregg Fox - Keyboardist and creator of the Renaissance Rock Orchestra