Richie Interview – Screamer Magazine
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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