Richie Onori is an accomplished drummer whose diverse artistic endeavors could make a professional juggler look like an amateur. He’s been playing with a who’s who of musicians, his own band Heaven & Earth, iconic glitter rockers The Sweet, pursuing solo projects, and is also a talented singer, songwriter, guitarist, and businessman.
“I’m proud that I’ve built these things up and I’m not just one-dimensional,” Onori says. “I think the idea of being multidimensional and really climbing the mountain and trying to reach your goals will keep you going in life.”
Graduating from “hitting on pots and pans,” Los Angeles native Onori began playing drums at age 11, citing seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan as a huge motivator toward a musical career which has included work with such luminaries as Rick Derringer, Ronnie James Dio, Paul Rodgers, Uli Jon Roth, Slash, Steve Lukather, and one of his heroes, Keith Emerson. “Keith Emerson was an amazing experience, because I was a huge Emerson, Lake & Palmer fan,” he describes. “And he comes to my house, and loads some keyboards into my studio space. The next thing you know, I’m looking at Keith Emerson, and we’re playing together. So instead of looking at him as one of my idols, we’re relating together as fellow musicians working on a project together. It’s really gratifying to work in your craft and get the opportunity to play with some really, really advanced players.”
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Richie and the band had a killer show at The Joint in West LA last Friday night! Many thanks to Francesca Capasso for making it happen, and Ondrea Faillace and the staff at The Joint for their hospitality. Many thanks also to everyone who came to the show! Your support and enthusiasm contributed to the energy and great vibe of the night.
Richie and the band are playing this Friday at The Joint in West LA (Pico and Robertson)! Come on out and hang with us, and check out the new material from his new CD “The Days of Innocence” as well as some new songs from his upcoming CD “American Fighters”. Great food, cool club, awesome vibe, and new music – how can you miss?
8771 W. Pico Blvd.,
West Los Angeles, CA 90035