“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. 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 John Reinke.
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. We are beginning to infuse a few choice cover songs into our set list. Currently our set list can fill up to 3 hours. We are always looking for good venues and opportunities to perform.
We like to keep our music upbeat and positive!
R2 Alchemy performs original acoustic rock music with an occasional cover song mixed in.