Phenomenal guitarist Richie Ranno (from Starz) joins The Rock Shop!
Legendary Hard Rock and Heavy Metal guitarist Richie Ranno is most notable for his unique ability to “blend crisp, powerful hard rock rhythms with bluesy guitar riffs.”
Richie made his early appearance on the Rock scene in the late 1960’s by founding the Rock trio Bungi, recording the single Six Days on the Road and opening for many well-known acts, including Bob Seger, Fuse (later Cheap Trick), REO Speedwagon and Styx. He joined the Rock band Stories (Brother Louie) in 1973 replacing Steve Love, appearing as a headliner and as an opener for such acts as Black Oak Arkansas, Johnny Winter and The Eagles among others, as well as on the television classic American Bandstand.
Richie co-founded the now-iconic band Starz in 1975 – noted by Rock journalist, Doug Brod (formerly of Spin Magazine) in his forthcoming book as one of the Top 4 Most Influential Rock Bands of all times along with Kiss, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick. Starz recorded and released their debut album Starz, but it was their second album, Violation, that achieved fame with its two hit singles: Top 40 hit Cherry Baby and Sing It Shout It. Later albums, Attention Shoppers and Colesium Rock also received critical acclaim, featuring songs written by Ranno and his fellow band members. Richie has continued to perform with his bands Starz, Hellcats and Richie Ranno’s All Starz in playing arenas and stadiums throughout the U.S. alongside a host of major acts, including ZZ Top, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Rush, Foghat and many more, most recently playing in London to sold-out crowds.
In addition to writing, recording and playing with his own bands, he often jams and performs with other rock ’n roll greats, including Michael Schenker of UFO and MSG and Uli Jon Rother (formerly of the Scorpions), he received a Platinum Album award for playing guitar on Tunnel of Love on Gene Simmons’ solo album, and recently performed live with Cactus.
We are so proud to announce that Richie Ranno continues to share his considerable expertise and his wealth of performance and recording experience with both fledgling guitarists and more experienced rockers here at The Rock Shop at TRC.
Call Warren Carr at 201-612-6686 to schedule Rock guitar lessons with Richie Ranno.