“The Meaning of life is to find your gift. The Purpose of life is to give it away!”
— Pablo Picasso
al·che·my - ˈalkəmē/ noun: alchemy
The medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.
To us music is the universal elixir! R2 Alchemy formed in the fall of 2017 when drummer Gary Basgall and songwriter/guitarist Rick Lally hooked up and decided to try pulling together a band. Rick quickly mentioned and contacted fellow songwriter/guitarist and friend Ronnie Lamendola. Things started to happen. Shortly thereafter they found bass player Jim Chastain. So now what do we name the band? Ronnie suggested R2 Alchemy. The R2 representing songwriters Ronnie and Rick. Alchemy representing the great chemistry added by our drummer Gary Basgall and bassman Jim Chastain.
R2 Alchemy's first performance was to a crowded house at the Fence Stile Vineyard and Winery in Excelsior Springs, Missouri November 11th, 2017. The band is always working towards enhancing our sound, performance and set list. They began to infuse a few choice cover songs into their set list. John Reinke stepped in on bass after the departure of Jim Chastain in February 2019. The bands last show was September 14th, 2019 (BC) Before Covid.
R2 Alchemy performed original acoustic rock music with an occasional cover song mixed in.
Could they reunite at some point in the future? Who knows, but it was fun while it lasted!