Daniel da Silva
FOREVER SHINE ON AND WELCOME BACK METAL WARRIORS!
Few bands deserve to be talked about in such revered terms as RIOT.
Bursting out of New York City with three ground-breaking albums in quick succession “ROCK CITY'(Capitol), “NARITA” (Capitol) and “FIRE DOWN UNDER'(Elektra) featuring vocalist Guy Speranza then another iconic period with the albums “Restless Breed” (Elektra) and “Born in America” featuring vocalist Rhett Forrester, RIOT quickly became one of the biggest cult metal bands in the world. Stunning performances in the UK at the first ever Castle Donington Festival with Rainbow and Scorpions, and Port Vale supporting Ozzy Osbourne the following year, and support slots with Sammy Hagar, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Rush, Kiss to name and few cemented their reputation as the hottest ticket to see.
With the Eighties developing into a metal-fest, a new-look new-sound RIOT bounced back transforming from an edgy hard rock band into a power metal assault. guitarist Mark Reale recruited metal bassist Don Van Stavern (SA) Slayer) and collaborated on songs for the widely-acclaimed release “THUNDERSTEEL” (Sony). Reale and Van Stavern joined vocalist Tony Moore, drummer Bobby Jarzombek and Marks guitar cohort, Mike Flyntz who completed the twin axe attack. RIOT was reborn, and followed “THUNDERSTEEL” two years later with the jaw-dropping conceptual album “THE PRIVILEGE OF POWER” (Sony) featuring an elite list of guest performers.
With the departure of Van Stavern and Moore, Reale shifted gears with a new look RIOT featuring vocalist Mike Dimeo, bassist Pete Perez and drummer Frank Gilchriest. This line up released several albums and did tours but eventually after many industry, media and fan requests for the reformation of the legendary Thundersteel power metal Reale contacted former members and the plan was put into action!
RIOT’s classic “Thundersteel” and “Privilege of Power reformed for a limited reunion in 2009 and delivered another ground breaking disc “IMMORTAL SOUL’. Released by major metal heavy weights Spv/ Steamhammer & Avalon/ Marquee, and a successful Tour with performances on the prestigious Royal Caribbean 70,000 Tons of Metal oceanliner concert and appearances at Sweden Rock and Metalway festivals solidified RIOT’s long sought after return a success, but success doesnt come without tragedy. RIOT’s journey has never been easy, with personal changes and the untimely deaths of frontmen Guy Speranza, Rhett Forrester as well as the passing of long time guitarist Mark Reale who finally lost his life long battle with Crohns disease in 2012 and with Tony Moore who just commited to do an album and a few shows has decided to step away from the music business and concentrate on his family life with wife and job.
RIOT, like Johnny, are back again! Through the storm of lifes obsticles the guys are joined by powerhouse vocalist extraordinaire Todd Michael Hall (Burning Starr, Reverence), Frank Gilchriest (Virgin Steele, Riot’s Army of One) and former Mike Flyntz guitar student and resident shredder Nick Lee are ready to raise the flag in honor of the RIOT legacy of music and our fallen band mates and the fans who have been demanding RIOT for years.
The RIOT legacy will forever Shine On and as long as the people demand it we will keep coming back with great music for years to come”. Welcome RIOT V!
No shows booked at the moment.