“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 afterward bass player Jim Chastain was recruited and the foundation of the band was established. So now what do we name the band? Ronnie suggested R2 Alchemy. The R2 representing Ronnie and Rick. Alchemy representing the great chemistry added by our drummer and bassman.
R2 Alchemy's first performance was to a crowded house at the Fence Stile Vineyard and Winery in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The band continues to strive towards enhancing our sound, performance and set list. The band has also been working on a few choice cover songs as well as inclusion of some of Jim Chastain's original songs. We currently have a set list that can fill up to 3 hours and are always looking for good venues and opportunities to perform.
R2 Alchemy performs original acoustic rock music with an occasional cover song mixed in. Their music is upbeat and positive.