Loren Gold

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Loren Gold
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Background information
Origin Palo Alto, California
Genres Rock, Blues, Pop, Soul
Occupation(s) Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter
Associated acts The Who
Roger Daltrey
Kenny Loggins
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Taylor Hicks
Natalie Maines
Don Felder
Website www.lorengold.com

Loren Gold is an American keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter. Since 2012, Loren has been the keyboardist / backup vocalist for The Who, including Roger Daltrey since 2009. Other artists he has toured with include Kenny Loggins, Don Felder, and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. Loren builds and hires bands for major tours, those of which have included pop stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. Loren has two instructional books published through Alfred Music.

Tours / Music Director[edit]

Gold toured in fall 2003 as the keyboard player for Hilary Duff, and continued as her musical director until 2007.[1] In winter 2007, Gold co-wrote with the Canadian songwriter James Renald the first single for the American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, entitled "The Runaround".[2] Television and national performances of "The Runaround" took place starting in December 2006. Gold became the musical director and keyboard player for Taylor, touring extensively in 2007.[2] In 2008, Gold toured with Mandy Moore in support of her album, Wild Hope, in Australia and the Philippines with Kelly Clarkson.[3] In summer 2008, Gold performed with the Italian singer Nico, and toured North America with Chicago and The Doobie Brothers.[2] In winter 2008/2009, he continued playing keyboards with the NBC production America's Got Talent and ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

In 2008–09, Loren became Musical Director and consultant for several pop artists, including Demi Lovato, Jordan Pruitt, Jordin Sparks and Selena Gomez.[2] During spring 2008, Gold began performing with Don Felder of The Eagles fame, shortly followed as keyboardist / vocalist for Kenny Loggins.[2] An original Gold/Renald composition, entitled "Pretend", was used in the 2009 Walden Media film Bandslam (soundtrack available on Hollywood Records).[2] [2]

Roger Daltrey[edit]

In 2009, Loren became the keyboard player and vocalist for Roger Daltrey's Use It or Lose It Tour.[4] Daltrey's band, No Plan B, also opened for Eric Clapton on several dates during 2010. At the show of October 12, 2009 in Seattle, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder joined the band on stage for performances of Pearl Jam's Better Man, and The Who's The Real Me and Bargain.[2]

In December 2010, Loren was asked to be Musical Director for the Phil Kennemore Y&T benefit concert in Santa Clara, CA. Gold performed with several guests, including Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche, Don Dokken of Dokken, and Vinny Appice of Dio and Black Sabbath.

In 2011, there were performances of The Who's Tommy and the hits of The Who; which included a performance for the Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall with Pete Townshend.[2] On March 28, 2012, the band was joined on stage by Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, Paul Weller, Kelly Jones and Michael Miley for another Royal Albert Hall performance for the Teenage Cancer Trust.[2] A world tour of Tommy continued throughout 2011–2012 with North America, Europe, and Japan.[2]

The Who[edit]

Gold performing live with The Who at Manchester Arena in 2014

In July 2012, The Who announced Loren Gold as Keyboardist / Backing Vocalist on their 2012–2013 35-date Quadrophenia and More tour, where they played their album Quadrophenia in its entirety.[5] The tour continued in the summer of 2013 with performances throughout Europe, concluding with a performance at Wembley Arena in London.[6] In between the two legs of the tour, Loren performed at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief – a benefit concert that took place on December 12, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In addition to The Who, performers included Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and Roger Waters. It was the most widely distributed live musical event in history, accessible to nearly two billion people worldwide on television, radio and the Internet.

Between performances with Roger Daltrey and The Who, Loren traveled to Japan and performed with veteran Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi. The tour, entitled "Arena Tour 2014 All Time Best," celebrated a career that has spanned over 30 years. Performances included the legendary Nippon Budokan in Tokyo and Yokohama arena. A live DVD was released following the tour. A final concert was added in 2015 at Mt Fuji, with 100,000 people in attendance.

In 2014, The Who announced The Who Hits 50! world tour, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band. The tour kicked off in the United Arab Emirates, at a concert after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Just prior to the tour, The Who band appeared at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on November 11 as part of The Who Hits 50 tribute night in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Loren performed and sang back-up vocals, alongside the rest of The Who band. Performers included Wilko Johnson, Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, Geddy Lee of Rush (band), Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, The Strypes, Tom Odell, Amy Macdonald, Andy Burrows and Rizzle Kicks. Ricky Wilson was joined by Phil Daniels, the star of the 1979 film Quadrophenia for 'Bell Boy', which was originally released in 1973. Included during the 2015 tour were large, outdoor performances at Hyde Park and Glastonbury, with upwards of 200,000 people in attendance.

During a break between The Who's 2014-2015 world tour, Loren performed at the annual ARF Stars to the Rescue charity concert in January 2015, headed by Hall of Fame baseball manager Tony LaRussa. In 2013, Loren also performed with several members of Santana and Bruce Hornsby at the annual charity event. More ARF shows have followed, including 2017's performance with Huey Lewis and the News.

In May, 2015, Loren performed with The Who touring band at the MusiCares Foundation in New York City, honoring The Who’s Pete Townshend and its manager, Bill Curbishley. With an all star line-up that included Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Willie Nile, and Who lead vocalist Roger Daltrey.

Loren was featured as the "Stadium Ace" in the April 2016 issue of Keyboard (magazine).

Artists[edit]

Gold has recorded and/or worked with The Who, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Kenny Loggins, Natalie Maines, Huey Lewis and the News, Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, Eddie Vedder, Geddy Lee, Liam Gallagher, Joe Elliott, Steve Winwood, Don Felder, Melissa Etheridge, Rita Wilson, Hilary Duff, Taylor Hicks, Mandy Moore, America's Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Eric McCormack, Jordan Pruitt, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Toni Braxton, Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Lachey, Mark Ballas, Jordin Sparks, Aly and Aj, Gladys Knight, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Deborah Gibson, Laura Bryna, Michael Chiklis, Dan Aykroyd, Andrew Gold, Y&T, Kara DioGuardi, Jurnee Smollett, Andrew Dice Clay and others.[2]

Awards[edit]

American Idol Season Five (Gold Record Award)
Taylor Hicks (Gold Record Award)
Demi Lovato (Gold Record Award)
Selena Gomez (Gold and Platinum Awards)
Hilary Duff (Multi-Platinum Awards)

Network Television Appearances[edit]

The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, The Late Show, MTV, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel, CBS Early Show, Martha Stewart, Dr Phil, Carson Daly, American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, The Talk.

DVD / Television / Film[edit]

Quadrophenia Live in London, 2017 Tommy & More, The Imitation Game, Bandslam, The Girl Can Rock, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills, 90210, Learning to Fly, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, The Movie Channel, Nickelodeon, Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, All Night Live, Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, FUJI SANREI ALL NIGHT LIVE 2015(5CD+DVD)

Works[edit]

In 2015, Loren released his first instructional book for Alfred Music. Entitled "Sitting In: Blues Piano," it features backing tracks and improv lessons, and includes progressions in essential blues styles, like boogie woogie, shuffle, gospel, blues-rock, swing blues, and others. Audio recordings contain sample solos, while the book provides tips focusing on scales, modes, comping patterns, and other ideas for developing an authentic blues vocabulary. The recordings feature a live band with piano, guitar, bass, harmonica, and drums.

A second book was released in 2016, entitled "Sitting In: Rock Piano" which follows a similar format to the blues book.

Gold also composes music which falls into the Instrumental genre.[7] Selected works include: Keys, All Around Me

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