Drummer and Multi-instrumentalist Richie Onori, born and bred in Los Angeles, has built his career working and touring with some of the most influential musicians in the fields of rock and jazz, including, among others, Keith Emerson (ELP), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Rick Derringer, Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) and Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow).
A versatile musician with the ability to perform in many styles, rock has always been one of Richie’s favorite genres–not surprisingly, having grown up cutting his teeth on Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple. Early in his professional career, Richie was part of popular L.A. progressive rock band Satyr, featuring ex-Quiet Riot members Pat Regan and Chuck Wright.
Recent developments in Richie’s career include composing, arranging and performing on his two completed solo CDs entitled “Days of Innocence” (voted ‘Best Rock Album of 2012’ by Rock Over America magazine) and “In The Name Of Freedom”. The album “In the Name of Freedom” has now been adapted into a Rock Opera musical titled “In The Name Of Freedom – A Rock Prophecy”, which Richie produces, performs and has created rockprophecylive.com featuring a who’s who in the music world.
Considered a rock veteran of late, Richie has been proud to contribute, build and preserve the Sweet legacy well into the 21st century. Since the band’s reformation in 2008 and playing hundreds of shows which included touring South America with Journey in 2011, it’s all been quite a remarkable experience. Richie, a well-known entrepreneur, contributes additionally by spearheading the management duties along with his co-members of the Sweet organization, Blitz Touring.