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Renaissance Forced to Postpone Nine Tour Dates

Lead Vocalist Annie Haslam diagnosed with serious spine injury

Philadelphia, PA – September 27

Annie Haslam, the lead singer of renowned progressive rock pioneers Renaissance, has been diagnosed with a serious vertebral compression fracture and is required to wear a Jewett Back Brace for two to three months. Her doctors have prescribed a minimum two to three week abstention from all travel. As a result, Renaissance will be forced to postpone the first nine dates of the first leg of their upcoming 2012-2013 Concert Tour.

The dates affected are:

Wednesday October 3 – Howard Theatre Washington DC
Thursday October 4 – Variety Playhouse Atlanta GA
Friday October 5 – The Plaza Live Orlando FL
Saturday October 6 – Capitol Theater Clearwater FL
Sunday October 7 – Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for Performing Arts Fort Lauderdale FL
Thursday October 11 – Le Gesu Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Friday, October 12 – Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH
Saturday October 13 – Showcase Live Foxborough, MA
Sunday October 14 – Center For The Performing Arts – The Egg Albany, NY

Ms. Haslam’s specialist has advised that she may begin performing live again starting with the group’s scheduled Friday, October 19th performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield,CT. The group plans on rescheduling the cancelled shows and adding more dates in 2013.

“I am very upset about having to postpone these shows,” commented Ms. Haslam. “We’ve all been so excited about bringing our classics to the fans as well as previewing material from the new studio album Grandine il Vento.”

Renaissance recently completed mixing their first new studio album in twelve years, which is expected to be released in early 2013. The 2012 dates the band will be performing are:

**Friday October 19 – Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
**Saturday October 20 – The Concert Hall at Ethical Culture New York, NY
**Thursday, October 25 – Victoria Theater – New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark, NJ
**Friday October 26 – Keswick Theater Glenside, PA
*Saturday, October 27 – Scottish Rite Auditorium Collingswood, NJ
*Sunday, October 28 – Strand Center for the Arts Lakewood, NJ

* Program comprising Turn Of The Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories
** Program comprising Novella in its’ entirety plus a treasure trove of favorites and debuting selections from the
new album Grandine il Vento


Photo: Richard Barnes

Renaissance Announces First Leg of 2012-2013 Concert Tour

NovellaExcitement abounds in the Renaissance camp!  Our Kickstarter campaign is coming to a close – thank you for your generous support! And almost one year since our last sold-out concert tour, we are proud to announce the first run of performances of the 2012-2013 touring schedule.

We will present two different programs on the tour:

  • Grandine Il VentoClassic album Novella along with timeless favorites and selections from our soon to be released album Grandine Il Vento,
  • Reprise of the successful ‘Turn Of The Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories’ concept

As more shows are added there will be updates via the Renaissance mailing list, the band’s Facebook page and official website.

Please note that this is the first run of shows being announced and that performances in additional cities and countries are planned.

Please visit the tour page for up-to-date specifics on cities and programs

Renaissance at Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, New Jersey – October 27 2012

Our Philadelphia friend and concert promoter Bill Rogers, who promoted our sold-out filmed/recorded September 23, 2011 ‘Turn Of The Cards’… ‘Scheherazade & Other Stories’ show at the Keswick Theater, has asked us to reprise the same show this October 27th at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, New Jersey for fans that couldn’t get tickets for that performance.

There will be a ticket pre-sale available for fans this coming Monday March 5 and general availability will begin on Tuesday March 6.

Pre-sale link: – password is ‘BRE’

Stay tuned for updates about the new studio album, the tour and other goodies!

Renaissance to Headline NEARfest 2012

Renaissance is proud to  headline the final NEARfest on June 23 2012


Thank You from Renaissance

Dear Friends:

On behalf of the entire band, our crew, management, and those who helped to make our recent tour such a wonderful success and experience for all, we thank each and every one of you for your devotion and support.

We recorded and filmed the Keswick Theatre performance. Being it all sounds and looks great, we will be releasing a CD and DVD available only through our website in time for the Holidays (along with some very special Renaissance goodies).

As we now move forward with our own Renaissance, it is the loyalty and love we receive from each of you that makes this all so very worthwhile.

With much love and appreciation,

And So The Tour Begins

Good day to all.

Band, crew and equipment are neatly packed up and ready to head north today as the Turn Of The Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories tour kicks off in Vermont Saturday. Annie, Michael, Rave, Dave, Frank, and Jason are all in fine form and spirits after a very intense schedule of rehearsals.

Everyone is looking forward to this run of shows and re-connecting with longtime friends and fans. Annie and Michael commented, “We wish that we could be playing for all our fans around the world, but we’ll be feeling their love every time we take to the stage. We’ve decided to record and film the shows so we can share the evening with everyone and will look forward many more shows in 2012”.

Ticket sales have been great, and there are a still a few of the special VIP packages left.

Photo: Richard Barnes

Special VIP Offer for Tour

2011 Tour PosterA limited number of Very Special Guest  packages will be made available to fans already holding tickets for the upcoming September 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
  • Personalized autographed official tour poster
  • Attend a Meet and Greet with Renaissance directly after the show, plus your photo taken with the band (bring your own camera)

Cost: $99.00 per person. Available for purchase here.

Calling All Renaissance Fans

Two Classic AlbumsDear Renaissance Fan:

We are excited about the upcoming fall U.S. tour, and look forward to seeing as many of you at the shows as possible.

The band would LOVE to perform across the entire country, and for that matter, the planet. Unfortunately, where we tour is mostly a function of local concert promoters’ interest and awareness. To help achieve this we must consolidate and expand the band’s fan base. This will help with not only touring, but also distribution of a new studio album and other output from the band.

With this in mind, we are asking for your help. Please reach out to every Renaissance fan, or anyone you know that should be one. Invite them to sign up for the mailing list at and to ‘like’ the band’s official page on Facebook (also to invite their friends). The email signup form will ask who referred them.  As a thank you to you, the band will reward the the top three ‘enlisters’ with a prize:

  • prize-004First prize:  Annie’s personalized backstage pass from 1979 Azure D’or tour AND a personal commisioned 8×10 painting by Annie. Annie will call you to discuss the creation of your one of a kind painting.
  • prize-002Second prize: A rare Turn of the Cards Valentine card (the UK release date was Valentine’s day!) autographed by Annie and Michael, and a promotional Turn of the Cards sticker
  • prize-005_0Third prize: Original 1970s press photo autographed by Annie and Michael

Only mailing list signups count toward the prizes (Facebook likes do not.) We want both, but there’s no good way to tally referals on Facebook. The link to refer folks to is:

As a further gesture of thanks… we are giving all fans a desktop wallpaper of an original painting by Annie (pick your screen shape – regular or widescreen):

4:3 16:9

The Magical Planet by Annie Haslam


Thanking each of you in advance for your help and fanship.

Annie Haslam & Michael Dunford

Annie Haslam ‘In the Spirit of the Holidays’ concerts

November 11th

I am happy to report that this year we will be performing two ‘Holiday’ shows at The Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville PA on December 18th & 19th 2010.

Friends joining me will be:

Rave Tesar • Keyboards
David J. Keyes • Bass Guitar and Vocals
Jason Hart • Keyboards and Vocals
Frank Pagano • Drums, Percussion and Vocals
Denny Bridges • Sound Engineer

We always enjoy seeing so many of you at this special time of year, like seeing old friends. Please come with ‘tuned’ up voices to join us in some favourite Holiday Classics. Personally I feel so at home at the Sellersville Theatre, able to relax, be myself, and laugh with reckless abandon when needed… Truly a Blessing! Our dear friend Jann Klose will be opening the show and joining us for a song or two. Jann opened up for Renaissance on our 2009 Anniversary tour (east coast US) and is a great singer/songwriter. For my Art loving friends I will also be taking some of my original paintings to the show.

For ticket information please go to the Sellersville Theatre website. We all hope to see you there, where we will raise the roof with song and laughter!

Love and Peace, Annie

SNOWBALL by Annie Haslam

Glorious Korea

October 13th

Hi All

We are now back in respective countries and homes, hard to believe that we were only away for five days! The second show was as enjoyable as the first and earlier….showtime was 6pm! One lady drove 4 hours with her triplets in the car and apparently was very emotional listening to the music, unfortunately we didn’t get to meet her after the show as she had such a long drive. Another ‘young’ man the night before had been on a train for 5 hours to come and see us, quite amazing and we did get to meet and chat with him albeit  with a little language problem. We noticed that there were quite a few younger fans than one would expect, which made the experience even more fulfilling for us! We had the same reaction to the songs, especially ‘Mystic’ and also once again they sang along in ‘Ashes’. We spent time after the show signing autographs, this was a real pleasure as the people were just so nice…I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we would have loved to have stayed and done some more shows and had the opportunity to see more of the country and it’s history. I was told they have beautiful waterfalls, that would have been a real treat. We look forward to going back there, the sooner the better, jet-lag and all! So here are some photos I took, I did do a small video from my ‘Droid’ phone and am hoping I can transfer it so you can see it too. I hope you enjoy the photos….


Annie and the guys

The Palace Band…

Changing the Guard

Palace Guards and Little Girl

Palace Guards

Palace Guard

The Palace Guards in place

First gateway to ‘Gyeongbok Palace’

King’s Palace

King’s Palace..

Palace and Mountains

Old and New

Horse Statue

Palace Throne Room

Throne Room Ceiling

Throne Room Ceiling..

Not sure what this ‘Urn/Pot’ is

Children at the Kings Coffee House

Michael Jason and Rave at Coffee House

King’s Coffee House

Michael, Annie and Jason at the Palace

Renaissance banner at Mapo Arts Centre

Just before set-up

Rave tells yet another funny story!

Mapo Arts Centre Pre Show

Frank Chillin’ out

Michael at soundcheck



Rave and Frank in our ‘Butterfly’ Bus

Photos • Annie Haslam

Chris Capozza – Soundman

Annie, Rave , Michael and Frank at Mapo Arts Centre

Photo • Chris Capozza

October 11th

Hi Everyone from warm and friendly S.Korea….

We  had travelled halfway across the world again in such a short space of time, but the show last night at the Mapo Art Centre in Seoul was certainly worth it.
But to backtrack, in the afternoon of our day off, Si-Wan the promoter of our shows, took us to see the Royal Palace (more details coming with photos attached soon).
It was a lovely late summer day, in the low 70’s. The grounds of the Palace were vast, with wide paving stones, each holding their own fascinating stories I’m sure.
We arrived to the sound of a huge echoing drum, that was calling in the changing of the guards. It was almost like it was planned specially for us. The timing was perfect.
It started with approximately 30 red clad musicians all playing some kind of ‘weird’ sounding (weird notes too) flute type instrument. This heralded the arrival of the guards appearing from another direction through an old palace gateway. This was quite a sight! they marched  in with banners flying in bright vibrant blue, red and yellow, matching their regal flowing robes, carrying ‘Spears’ that had big scary looking blades on the ends.
I got quite emotional, it was a beautiful sight.
As the drum and the procession died down we meandered around the courtyards, peeking in to the main temple to see the King’s throne.
It would have been so easy just to sit down on one of the old stone walls and stay and watch the sunset over the mountains that that were the backdrop for all of this.

Another memorable part to this afternoon were many (possibly hundreds in all) of young schoolchildren, the little ones were very cute. I had little girls that seemed to be drawn to me because of the color of my hair.
Tiny voices saying, “Nice to meet you” followed by giggles and smiles.
The same happened to the guys, I guess we did stand out a bit!
This was a beautiful way to start our adventure in Korea!
I think we all felt humbled and privileged to experience another country that is so far from home and what we know.
There couldn’t have been a nicer ending to our day.

Now to the first show.

The Mapo Arts Center is lovely and holds approximately 850 people.and site in the centre of the city of Seoul. We had a nice big stage and beautiful lighting. The crew at the venue and Si-Wan’s staff had worked very hard to make sure we had what we needed for the show. Our sound man, Chris Capozza also did a marvellous job making sure that our required equipment would be available….this had been a bit of challenge when communicating across such a vast distance.
Of course we were all ‘jet-lagging’. It is quite a challenge to fly half way across the world to perform, and then only have one day to get acclimatised….one really needs a week! In any case we all performed excellently considering all of this and our first show was a resounding success.

When we came out on stage the audience were very loud in their appreciation of seeing us in person for the first time.
We were told after the show, that standing ovations do not happen here, but I guess we have now changed that!
I could see that people were singing along and they were very excited at every song announcement we made.
Once again ‘The Mystic and The Muse’ struck a big chord with ‘everyone’, the crowd went wild and LOVED it and just wouldn’t stop applauding. I was so overwhelmed I nearly fell over…hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
It is quite obvious that this song is very ‘special’

But the real surprise that Michael and I could hardly believe, is that when I did my ‘operatic’ solo at the end of ‘Ashes are Burning’ the fans answered my singing, there was a tumultuous roar of voices completely filling the theater. I could could barely contain myself. We had never thought of ‘Ashes’ as a ‘sing along’ but I guess now, Korea has started a new trend!  🙂

We signed autographs after the show, and some of the comments were very touching, especially because it is our first time in Korea and also that they never thought they would see us perform here. Lovely warm people…

So as I would really like to go to bed now even though it is only 11.53am, in my mind and body it is 10.53pm and time for beddy byes.
So I will go and get myself into show mode. Show time is earlier tonight, 6pm.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh an early night/morning or whatever.

Back tomorrow to give you another update.

Love and Peace from us all   x