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Progressive rock pioneers Renaissance to record their first studio album in over a decade.  Own it; be part of this musical milestone.
Progressive rock pioneers Renaissance to record their first studio album in over a decade. Own it; be part of this musical milestone.
860 backers pledged $92,531 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator mark baltzer on March 6, 2015

      wow bonus dvd done at last.. forgot and gave up on ever seeing this but now can't wait. april live shows in u.k as well xmas does come early many thanks to all the band

    2. Creator Graham Tarry on December 7, 2014

      I'd forgotten about this! Not sure if I qualify for the DVD, but would be great if I did. So looking forward to seeing the band back in the UK next April. Never thought it would happen!

    3. Creator chuck149f on September 2, 2014

      On 8/29/13, I left the folowing comment: "Love the CD! Any update on the bonus disc?" Kind of sad that one-year later, I find myself posting the same comment.....Love the CD! Any update on the bonus disc?

    4. Creator mark baltzer on June 11, 2014

      I've got the shm mini lp from japan and it's way better than the normal digi version but the price is around double the digi as well .personally I think renaissance are worth the extra outlay buy buy buy now!!!!

    5. Creator Martin Fisher on March 21, 2014

      Thank you for the update Renaissance, that's good news!...

      Also (although not overly concerned) you will find you either ommited my name, or got my first name wrong from the list of backers printed on the original CD booklet. It is probably too late/complicated to do anything about this now, but If this can be corrected for further printed artwork, it would hugely appreciated

      (I did contact you before "Grandine il Vento" was originally released about this but got no reply)

      Annie and Renaissance... Please come to Britain and do some gigs !

    6. Creator Richard R. Di Puma on March 16, 2014

      The Japanese edition of "Grandine il Vento" cd included a bonus track that was not offered to any Kickstarter backers. Shouldn't this unique edition of the CD have been an added bonus instead of the red book edition? The Japanese CD cover art was the full artwork and not the reduced artwork on the domestic edition. Kickstarter backers names were listed and included on this Japanese edition of the CD.

    7. Creator mark baltzer on February 16, 2014

      new band member new tours but NO BONUS DISC it would be nice if you let us know if we backers are ever going to see what was promised and pledged for ..pretending the bonus disc never existed is not respecting the fans who put the money up front or respecting the memory of the sadly missed mr dunford r.i.p

    8. Creator John Allegri on January 8, 2014

      Still no bonus disc! What's happening? let us know! Please (pretty please!)

    9. Creator Martin Fisher on December 13, 2013

      Great to be part of this and have supported Renaissance for 30+ years, but some communication regarding the bonus disc would be appreciated, even if it's to say there's a reason it won't happen !... Thanks

    10. Creator chuck149f on August 29, 2013

      Love the CD! Any update on the bonus disc?

    11. Creator Martin Fisher on August 14, 2013

      Any news on the bonus disc ?

    12. Creator Geoff Abrahams on May 3, 2013

      I received my download but have not received my CD. Can you tell me if it has been shipped (to the UK) yet?

    13. Creator Corey Cole on April 26, 2013

      I received my autographed CD today - It's wonderful! Thank you, Renaissance.

      I am curious about the "bonus disc". There was only one CD in my package. I don't actually recall what is supposed to be on the bonus disc; is that still happening at some point? Regardless, I am very happy with the album.

    14. Creator David Meloni on April 15, 2013

      Any word on when the kickstarter albums will be shipped out if they haven't yet already been shipped? I was at a show last week and saw they were selling the album at $20 each. Of course I bought it but still would like to have my signed copy along with the bonus disc and other items promised for my pledge. Just want to be sure they were not shipped yet and not lost in the mail. Thanks.

    15. Creator Kevin Reynolds on February 27, 2013

      I'd forgotten about this video made at the very beginning of Grandine Il Vento and I think it's a treat! It should be saved somewhere for posterity. It was also good to see and hear Michael though he couldn't have gotten the same notice when this was made all those months ago. Sad still.....Bruce sounds like a down to earth person, Frank looked good behind the drums and the things you tried to give away, Annie! Funny lady; it might be that spirit that attracts me to your music, :-)

    16. Creator Timothy Graystone on December 11, 2012

      Saddened by the news. I never met Michael but saw him (and Annie) live in concert 5 times when we were all much younger. Renaissance and their music have been with me since I first discovered them in 1974.

    17. Creator Jose Javier Delmas on November 23, 2012

      After the sad and unexpected news, it is quite obvious that the release of the album and certainly all future activities of the rest of the band will be affected. He was Mr. Renaissance after all! However, I think the album must be finished, or almost, by now. And I cannot imagine better tribute to him than releasing it posthumously, and even try to tour it, although now it is all too recent and I imagine that Annie and the rest of the band must be devastated. I would like to let them know that, in the same way that we supported them crowd funding exceedingly the recording, now we share the sadness and send our support to them. He might have left us, but his music never will!

    18. Creator Lizz Cooper on November 21, 2012

      I have not received my cd. Does anyone know who to contact?

      On a very sad note, I just read that Michael Dunford passed away suddenly. :(

    19. Creator David Schor on October 12, 2012

      Hi. Is there any news regarding the finish of the album and the delivery of CDs, etc.?

    20. Creator chuck149f on June 7, 2012

      Saw you @ Radio City Music Hall in the 70s. Please try to come to the upper midwest...would love to see you again!

    21. Creator Murphy Daneo on May 28, 2012

      Nothing Like Waing Till The Last Moment. I Delighted To Be A Part Of "Your Renaissance"! I Wish I Could Do So Much More. The Enlightenment I Have Gained From You All These Many Years Is Priceless!!! Thank You So Much For All The Joy And Tears, And The Beautiful Memories Made With riend While Listening To Your Music. My Heart And Spirit Will Forever Be A Part Of Renaissance! Much Love, And Gratitude To All Of You Renaissance Past And Present. I Wish You All Continued Success In All Of Your Endeavors, And May Many Blessings Come Everyones Way...2012...A New Dawn.!


    22. Creator Bob Whitworth on May 28, 2012

      What fantastic news. Fan since '72, and was lucky enough to see them at the Birchmere in Alexadria, VA, last year! I can honestly say the band has never been better. The current lineup of musicians are top-shelf, and have earned their stripes as true members of Renaissance. I can't wait to see the band, again, and to get their new CD.

    23. Creator Annemieke Schoustra on May 28, 2012

      I've been a fan since the 70's. All I want to say is please, please, please come to Europe to play. Holland would be perfect, but I'll see you anywhere in Europe.

    24. Creator Daniel Nava on May 27, 2012

      I was first introduced to the band with the song Ocean Gypsy. It was the early 80s, right at the time of the release of Camera Camera. To my surprise, a newspaper listing announced the band was scheduled to perform locally in California (the old Country Club in Reseda), on one of their few trips to the West Coast. I even got a picture with Annie following the concert and the band signed my ticket stubs. Since then, I have been a fan, collecting all of their past and future albums and solo efforts. I've always wished they would return close to the West Coast again so that I could see them live. Until then, I continue to enjoy their recordings and videos. Timeless music! Thank you for carrying on and making new music!

    25. Creator Klaus on May 25, 2012

      Renaissance announces first leg of 2012-2013 concert tour (May 24, 2012):
      "[...] 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 [...]."
      Maybe another leg could be Europe, more specifically Germany?! I've been a fan since 1984 but never managed to see you in concert. I enjoy your music nearly every day - it's an important part of my life and helps me to relax and enjoy after long working hours. Thanks for all and good luck with "Grandine il Vento" - I'm looking forward to it!

    26. Creator Ted Twardzik on May 22, 2012

      I haven't heard Annie perform since a very intimate Musikfest show in Bethlehem in 2002 (with Ed Sciaky in attendance). Got my ticket for NEARfest - I'll bring my Nevada singles along for autographing!

    27. Creator Martin Jorgensen on May 21, 2012

      First time I saw you guys was at a record promotion concert in a SMALL club on Rush street in Chicago in the 70's - I have loved your music ever since and can't wait to hear this one. PLEASE come out to northern California!

    28. Creator Paul on May 20, 2012

      I have seen Annie perform numerous times at the Sellersville Theater. I Have never been disappointed. Her voice is amazing. I would absolutely love to see Rennaiasance perform there at Sellersville. I know that I am not the only one who would to to see the band play there.

    29. Creator Nathaniel Tolle on May 19, 2012

      It makes me happy to see so many heartfelt comments here, as Renaissance are the most deserving band on the planet. I just posted a Youtube video where I counted down my top 25 favorite Renaissance songs of all time--I hope you guys approve, even if I left off some of your favorites (considering how many incredible albums they have, it was tough to choose only 25).…

    30. Creator alsingla on May 18, 2012

      Please, come to play in Barcelona.

      I always remember when I've seen you playing at the Astoria in London.

      Thanks for your music .
      I love you.

    31. Creator Dave Pheilshifter on May 10, 2012

      Thanks for the great shows in Rochester, N.Y. at both the Water Street Music Hall and the fantastic German House show last fall.
      Glad to help your new project and hope you are all inspired by the support. This whole rebirth of your music reminds me of a rising phoenix. Maybe an inspiration for a future project as you look back. Would love to hear your music on a movie soundtrack where it could reach wider audiences. There are lots of ways to satisfy us diehard fans and multiply your grass roots base while having fun doing what you are oh so good at (creating).
      It's obvious you've put your heart into this effort and I wish you much success.

    32. Creator brian lehrhoff on May 8, 2012

      Bruce Annie and Michael - Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You for returning to Newark in October. Wouldn't it be cool if we donors had the opportunity to wear a limited edition tshirt so you could spot us in the crowd? Not that we'd expect any special treatment (grin)!

    33. Creator Henry Dondlinger on May 5, 2012

      Looking forward to the new album. Been a fan since 1975 and there isn't a week goes by that I don't listen to at least one of your albums. I don't have a favorite as they are all good. That is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. I have shared you on my Facebook page and spreading your word. Here's to continued success!

    34. Creator Glen Wood on April 26, 2012

      Hello Annie, Michael et al,

      Its great to be supporting you guys on a new project. I echo the sentiments of a few on here and say please come to the UK even if its just for a couple of shows, cannot wait to hear the finished article. Have a great time recording the album.

    35. Creator jjacobi on April 22, 2012

      Congratulations to Annie, Michael and the rest of the band on blowing past the goal so quickly and thanks to all my fellow Renaissance fans for making it happen. It's wonderful to see the level of interest still so high for these unique musicians. Having first found the music of Renaissance back in 1974 I'm thrilled to be a part of making what I'm sure will be an instant classic album happen and I hope the band will be able to tour to some places they have not been to in a while to connect with even more fans, all and new alike. The DVD of the 2011 tour was great. If I have one desire, besides several more albums and tours of course, it would be another DVD at some point in time with even more of the Renaissance classics including a full 25 or so minute concert version of Ashes Are Burning. Best of luck on the album and I can’t wait for it and the next tour.

    36. Creator Ed Robinson on April 16, 2012

      Keith has put into words my thoughts exactly. I have the utmost trust in Renaissance to deliver a beautiful recording. Will it be the same as the old favorites? Maybe and maybe not, that's their decision. If it's a new type of music or sound embrace it as a change and grow from it. This is their project and I can't wait for completion.

    37. Creator Keith W. Rule on April 16, 2012

      For now let's just support the band in making the best album they can create, following their muse in whatever directions it may take them, and just be glad that they feel inclined to do so once again! Like many others, those classic albums with a full orchestra have always been my favourites, and the likes of 'Time Line' my least so. However, while we may have our hopes and our preferences, I do feel that it's very important for artist(s) to be allowed to follow their own direction and choices. I suspect that pressure from fans can be just as stifling & unhelpful as that from 'commercial forces' and record companies, and trying too hard to please or cater to the fans, may distract and detract from, what might be produced by an artist who feels they have complete artistic freedom. I'm afraid it is the lot of we music fans just to wait and see, not to dictate a direction. We'll each then judge for ourselves, the worth of the artists' creation. Ultimately, as consumers, if we can't appreciate what is forthcoming, we always have the other choice! Obviously there's no harm in expressing an opinion, but I personally think it best to keep the pressures to a minimum and to hope for the best. I'm sure we will not be let down by Annie Michael & co.

    38. Creator Michael Phipps on April 16, 2012

      Renaissance is one of my favorite bands of all time, so I am very excited about this! I would LOVE it if part of this money went towards a full orchestra on the album. That would still leave room for plenty of keys a la Novella and other great albums. Renaissance did the best job of incorporating an orchestra into the band's sound, and it would be just the touch that could send the new album into the stratosphere. If not a full orchestra, at least an ensemble so that if the score called for an oboe sound, it would be played by an oboe, etc. Please oh please!

    39. Creator Robert L. Rosenthal on April 16, 2012

      CONGRATS to Annie, Michael and the rest of the band on reaching your goal...and beyond!! I'm so looking forward to the new CD. And I'll be seeing the band at NEARFest in June. So glad to see the band fully active again. See Annie...I told you at NEARFest 2009 that the world needed to hear your angelic voice once again...and you listened!! LOL!!

    40. Creator John Summerhill on April 16, 2012

      I am happy to help out and besides waiting for what I know will be a great album, I am hoping that the tour will bring them back to Toronto.I was stunned by their performances on the Steve Hackett tour.

    41. Creator Jean-Luc de Prologue on April 13, 2012

      Interesting note by RGCorris: what about starting KickStarter projects to obtain impossible things. An european tour would be one. Another one would be a DVD with TV shows like BBC Sight & Sound, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert or The Midnight Special. How many times has it been stated that it would be too expensive to be done?

    42. Creator Joe Franzen on April 13, 2012

      Congrats Mark. I am sure you will give it a great home.

    43. Creator Mark Sidney Frazer III on April 12, 2012

      I'm the guy who bought the Yamaha 12-string. I'm hoping Michael will sign it!

    44. Creator DutchUncleHAR on April 12, 2012

      I'm already looking forward to the signed sheet music framed on the wall . . . right next to the poster from the concert at NJPAC. Name in the credits: Rather than the pseudonym on this account, please list me as "Nanette & Harlan".

    45. Creator Richard R. Di Puma on April 11, 2012

      Let's hope the new recording is going to utilize a live orchestra. Please let the CD be properly mastered and not brick walled but be hi-fi audiophile product. As a "producer" of this project, I nominate one Steve Hoffman be hired for this task. I pledged this Renaissance project because I read it on his web site.
      Keep pledging and make a statement to the whole recording industry - this is how real fan want their music and support the artist that make it.

    46. Creator Mike Bowler on April 10, 2012

      I totally endorse the post by RGCorris today, I'd be happy to support a trip to the UK even if it was just one show, please consider the Old Country Annie, the fans still love Renaissance, even if the IK music industry has gone to pot. x

    47. Creator RGCorris on April 10, 2012

      Looking forward to the album, but it is now all of eleven years since the Astoria gig and I would really love to see you in concert again without having to cross the Atlantic to do so ! PLEASE come back to London for a gig on the next tour. Would it help if we set up a Kickstarter pledge fund for a UK gig ?


    48. Creator Paul Townsend on April 9, 2012

      Pleased to see the target has been reached.. (When will you be coming to the UK?)

      P.S. ROFL at the caption "Dog not included" in the video.

    49. Creator Joe Franzen on April 9, 2012

      Lets keep going! The more we can raise the more the band can do.

    50. Creator Paul Goldrath on April 7, 2012

      To me, it is almost beyond comprehension that certain record companies will spend buckets of money for the propagation of what I can only ( generously ) call noise. While at the same time thumb their collective noses at bands such as Renaissance. On the other hand, they only do it because that's what people are buying these days.
      But on the other, other hand it's a wonderful thing to see how quickly the fans stepped up and made it happen anyway.
      And if I had any hands left, I would say how anxious I am to hear a new Renaissance album! Thank you Michael and Annie for making this happen. Love, Paul

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