John Tout passed away on Friday, May 1st at 4:30pm from lung failure at The Royal Free Hospital, London, England.
He was an amazing musician, highly contributing to the unique sound of the band from 1970 – 1980. He was the quiet (but funny) one in the band, always very caring towards the fans and good friend to Annie Haslam, Terence Sullivan, Jon Camp and Michael Dunford.
He will always be in our hearts and music.
In April of this year we will be touring Europe for the first time in over thirty years and we are all extremely excited. It is our goal to chronicle this journey by filming and releasing a new live concert DVD.
We ask for your help in funding the recording and production of the DVD by offering different levels of pledge rewards for your support.
Our goal is to complete the DVD project by October 2015.
Renaissance is proud to confirm concert dates in Europe. Watch a video message from Annie Haslam and Rave Tesar:
- April 9 2015: Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66
- April 10 2015: Zoetermeer, the Netherlands – Cultuurpodium Boerderij
- April 11 2015: Dortmund, Germany – Musiktheater Piano
- April 12 2015: Twist, Germany Heimathaus Tw!st
- April 14 2015: Milton Keynes, UK – The Stables
- April 16 2015: London, UK – Union Chapel
- April 17 2015: Frome, UK – Cheese & Grain
- April 18 2015: Farnham, UK – The Maltings
- April 19 2015: Leamington, UK – Spa Assembly Rooms
- April 21 2015: Wimborne, UK – Tivoli Ballroom
- April 23 2015: Wolverhampton, UK – Robin 2
- April 24 2015: St Helens, UK – Citadel Arts Centre
- April 27 2015: Tel-Aviv, Israel – Wohl Amphitheatre
- May 1 2015: Gouveia, Portugal – Gouveia Art Rock Festival
From Annie Haslam:
“I am overjoyed to announce that I am releasing my 1997 ‘Live’ in Philadelphia DVD on my own label White Dove Records. The show was recorded at Sonic Studios in Philadelphia with a small intimate crowd of fans in attendance. We had so much fun and interaction with the fans and I even used my video camera (Haslam-Cam!) the whole experience was exhilarating.
My band, Rave Tesar, Davd Biglin and Joe Goldberger played flawlessly and sounding more like 6 than 3 musicians. The music we performed was a mixture of my solo work and Renaissance, each song having the audience singing along. It was a very special experience for us all.”
Autographed DVD and digital album available at http://musicstore.anniehaslam.com/
A limited number of Very Special Guest passes will be made available to fans already holding tickets for the upcoming 2014 Fall tour. This package includes the following:
- Attend soundcheck with Renaissance (approximately 5-6pm on day of show, no photography or video)
- Personalized autographed Very Special Guest laminate pass on lanyard
- Attend a Meet and Greet with Renaissance directly after the show, plus your photo taken with the band (bring your own camera)
Cost: $50.00 per person. Available for purchase here.
“There’s no doubt that this is a fresh and enjoyable “return to form” […] and should be an essential purchase for Renaissance lovers.”
Renaissance have secured a distribution deal with Red River Entertainment, which now allows the new music of Renaissance to be heard worldwide. Grandine il Vento has been re-named Symphony of Light with three additional bonus tracks, ‘Immortal Beloved’, ‘Tonight’, and ‘Renaissance Man’, a song specially written by Annie Haslam and Rave Tesar in honor of the late Michael Dunford. The album has new artwork and design and the release date by Red River Entertainment is April 15th 2014.
For the first time, the album and the new tracks will also be available for purchase and download in the iTunes music store.
Before release, the CD can be purchased at Renaissance April shows including Cruise to the Edge.
Symphony of Light is a testament to the unforgettable melodies and love that Michael Dunford infused into his work. Michael died prematurely in 2012 after this album was finished. The album starts off with powerful lyrics by Annie Haslam in the title track about the life of Leonardo da Vinci followed by Waterfall, a song written about the rainforests in Brazil. All the songs bathe the listener in flavors from far off countries, with lush orchestral arrangements and unusual lyrical content, with guest performances from Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and John Wetton (Asia).
Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, David J Keyes bass guitar, Jason Hart keyboards, Frank Pagano drums, Ryche Chlanda acoustic guitars
1. Symphony of Light
3. Grandine il Vento
5. Cry to The World
6. Air of Drama
7. Blood Silver Like Moonlight
8. The Mystic and The Muse
10. Immortal Beloved
11. Renaissance Man
Annie Haslam returns to the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA for two Holiday concerts on December 21 and 22 2013.
Performing with Annie will be Rave Tesar, David J. Keyes, Charles Descarfino and Ryche Chlanda.
Opening the show will be gifted singer/songwriter Garrett Gardner who was on season 4 of The Voice.
Review at Musical Discoveries by Russ Elliot:
“As Northern Lights co-editor-in-chief, it’s difficult to pen anything other than a biased review of a Renaissance recording. […] Musically, listeners will find a range of recorded material with sounds that span the band’s history extending the sound into more mature almost-operatic pieces like the title track. Listners will find classic progressive rock Renaissance, entries from Dunford’s musical and musings from Haslam’s solo career. […] The treasure of Grandine il Vento is actually its diversity, and diversity is after all the central theme of progressive rock.”