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Riot

Formed: 1975
From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Riot News

Below is our complete Riot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Riot Streaming "Believe" Track

The wait is nearly over, as U.S. metal outfit Riot is releasing the band's fourteenth album "Immortal Soul" in North America via SPV/Steamhammer this coming Tuesday, November 22nd.

Examiner.com is now also hosting an exclusive premiere of another new track from "Immortal Soul." Check out the track "Believe" by heading over to this location.

The band has created a promo video featuring a song from the album titled "Wings Are for Angels," which can be found here. The track was released earlier this year for a Japanese Tsunami relief album by Avalon/Marquee. More...

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Riot Posts In Studio Footage Of Recording Session

New York traditional metal band Riot is set to release Immortal Soul on October 26, 2011 (Scandinavia), October 28, 2011 (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and October 31, 2011 (rest of Europe) and November 22, 2011 (North American) through Streamhammer/SPV.

The band posted a new in studio video of the recording sessions for the track "Wings Are for Angels." Check out the video here:

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Riot Posts New Song Online

Riot is set to release the band's fourteenth album "Immortal Soul" in Europe on October 31st and in North America on November 22nd. Today Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog" is streaming the track "Still Your Man" at this location.

Bassist Don Van Stavern says: "'Immortal Soul' picks up where 'Thundersteel' left off, 20 years later! It has the same intensity, creativeness and passion that we put into our music. It's another ball buster and I can't wait to unleash it on the masses."

Guitarist Mike Flyntz is equally as enthusiastic. "I have been performing the songs from the 'Thundersteel' era for over 21 years. It has been an honour to write and record 'Immortal Soul' with Tony, Don, Bobby, and Mark. I am very proud of my contribution to this record and also very proud to play along with such inspirational musicians. I hope everyone enjoys this album as much as I do." More...

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Riot Streaming New Song

Riot is set to release the new album "Immortal Soul" worldwide via SPV/Steamhammer in the coming weeks. The release dates are as follows:

Scandinavia October 26th
Germany/Austria/Switzerland October 28th
Rest of Europe October 31st
US/Canada November 22nd

In anticipation of the upcoming release, Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive premiere of the track "Sins of the Father." Get a first listen at this location. Riot also recenlty posted another song online titled "Still Your Man," with details available here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Riot
2. Still Your Man
3. Crawling
4. Wings Are For Angels
5. Fall Before Me
6. Sins Of The Father
7. Majesta
8. Immortal Soul
9. Insanity
10. Whiskey Man
11. Believe
12. Echoes

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Children Of Bodom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Children of Bodom is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which takes place from January 23rd - 27th, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas.” So far 28 out of 40 bands have been confirmed, and the currently announced list is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Riot Streams New Track From "Immortal Soul"

Legendary traditional metal band Riot is streaming the new track "Still Your Man" from the forthcoming LP "Immortal Soul" The LP is scheduled for release on October 26, 2011 (Scandinavia), October 28, 2011 (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and October 31, 2011 (rest of Europe) and November 22, 2011 (North American) through Streamhammer/SPV.

The track listing for "Immortal Soul" is:

Here's the tracklist of the disc:

1. Riot
2. Still Your Man
3. Crawling
4. Wings Are For Angels
5. Fall Before Me
6. Sins Of The Father
7. Majesta
8. Immortal Soul
9. Insanity
10. Whiskey Man
11. Believe
12. Echoes

Check out the song here:

RIOT Still Your Man by Steamhammer/SPV

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Riot Forced To Cancel Tour With HammerFall

U.S. traditional metal band Riot has cancelled the band's participation in the tour with HammerFall in Europe this fall. Vicious Rumors has now replaced Riot on all dates. In an open letter to fans on the band's website, the band provided the following explanation:

"Due to complications from Tony's emergency oral surgery, RIOT is disappointed to announce that we will not be able to appear with Hammerfall as previously scheduled. A routine dental checkup discovered a deeply infected root canal, and the infection had spread to the jaw and surrounding teeth. The only option was immediate surgery to remove the tooth, as well as a portion of the infected bone tissue, and to perform a large graft with healthy bone from the surrounding area.

"Says Tony:

'During the initial examination, my doctor gave me a puzzled look and then asked the question that put fear in my heart: 'Are you in a lot of pain?' I was then informed that I would be if this procedure was not performed ASAP. After the surgery, I was made aware of the extent of the bone graft, and the risk of dislodging fragments of implanted bone should I resume normal activity too soon.

'I was put on a liquid diet and limited to bed rest for several days, then informed that because of the location of the surgery, singing was out of the question for four weeks. As I write this I still have stitches in my mouth and have to limit my physical activity. The recovery period essentially wiped out any hope of sufficient practice time for a RIOT set list, and full recovery takes four months before the tooth can be replaced.

'We discussed all the options we could think of, the last of which was to perform the final 10 dates of the engagement with minimal practice on my part. In then end, though, everyone agreed that going out with my voice at at any less than 100% would have compromised a show for which some fans have been waiting many years. With heavy hearts we made the only viable decision; to withdraw from the tour.' More...

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New Riot Track Premiers On Japanese Radio

A track from the forthcoming Riot LP "Immortal Soul" debuted on Power Rock Today, a Japanese radio show. The song name was not provided, but the debut was posted on YouTube (see below). "Immortal Soul" is scheduled for release on October 26, 2011 (Scandinavia), October 28, 2011 (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and October 31, 2011 (rest of Europe) and November 22, 2011 (North American) through Streamhammer/SPV.

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Kamelot Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about adding Kamelot to the 2012 lineup:

"Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome Kamelot on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon..."

The cruise sets sail on January 23rd, 2012 from Miami FL and returns on January 27th. So far the following 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Atheist Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about Atheist being the latest act confirmed for the festival:

"70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival passed the Florida Straight and then turned North. They decided to make a short stop in Sarasota to look for more signs, but the people there don't believe in signs, in fact they don't believe in anything, they are ATHEIST! 25 out of 40 as they continue to sail along the US Gulf Coast...

"Make no mistake, 70,000 Tons of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! So far 25 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known: More...

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Riot Announces "Immortal Soul" Release Date

Legendary New York metal act Riot announces that the long awaited new album "Immortal Soul," featuring the "Privilege of Power" lineup (Mark Reale (g), Tony Moore (v), Dan Van Stavern (b), Bobby Jarzombeck (d) and Mike Flyntz (g)), will be released on October 26 (Scandinavia), October 28 (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and October 31 (rest of Europe) and November 22 (North American) through Streamhammer/SPV. The artwork for the release was also released and can be viewed below.

Here's the tracklist of the disc:

1. Riot
2. Still Your Man
3. Crawling
4. Wings Are For Angels
5. Fall Before Me
6. Sins Of The Father
7. Majesta
8. Immortal Soul
9. Insanity
10. Whiskey Man
11. Believe
12. Echoes

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Riot Inks Deal With SPV/Steamhammer

SPV/Steamhammer announced that it has signed the legendary New York metal band Riot:

"Few bands deserve to be talked about in such revered terms as Riot.

"Bursting through from New York City at the end of the Seventies with three ground-breaking albums on the trot (‘Rock City’, ‘Narita’ and ‘Fire Down Under’) 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 in 1980 and Port Vale the following year, and support slots with Sammy Hagar in Europe and AC/DC in the United States cemented their reputation as the hottest ticket to see.

"With line-up changes knocking their momentum and the Eighties developing into a Thrash-fest a new-look Riot bounced back in 1988 with the widely-acclaimed ‘Thundersteel’. Although the faces might have looked unfamiliar, with only guitarist Mark Reale now left from the band’s formative years, the aggression and musicianship remained unrivaled and unchallengeable. With Tony Moore's distinctive vocals, the muscle and might of bassist Don Van Stavern and drummer Bobby Jarzombek powering the songs along, and Reale’s precision playing Riot were reborn, and followed ‘Thundersteel’ two years later with the jaw-dropping ‘The Privilege Of Power’, an inspiring and at times truly epic album. However, by this time the music world was turning into a very different place, and Riot found themselves struggling against a tide of apathy. Reale continued to guide the ship through the next two decades, delivering albums of consistent, quality metal, culminating in 2006’s ‘Army Of One’ – a true statement of intent, as if one were needed.

"But the army of one is an army of five once more as RIOT’s classic ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘Privilege…’ line-up has re-united, adding guitarist Mike Flyntz who played in the live band at that time. Signing with SPV/Steamhammer for all territories except Japan, Riot will release their new album 'Immortal Soul' on October 28th in Germany, October 31st in Europe and early November in the US and Canada.

Riot have also been confirmed as special guests on the first leg of HammerFall’s European tour this winter. The tour kicks off on 26th October in Copenhagen, Denmark, and ends for the five-piece metal machine in Cologne, Germany, on 18th November. This will be the first time the legendary ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘The Privilege Of Power’ line-up of Tony Moore (vocals), Mark Reale (guitar), Mike Flyntz (guitar), Don Van Stavern (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums) has played in Europe on a full tour, after the band’s celebrated one-off show at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2009.

"Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer, says: 'Mark, Tony, Don, Bobby and Mike are really fired up once more, and "Immortal Soul" will be a true successor to the legacy of ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘Privilege…’. Classic metal will never die, and who did it better than Riot?'

"Riot live in Europe 2011 - on tour with Hammerfall

26.10. DK-Copenhagen - Amager Bio
27.10. NO-Oslo - Rockefeller
28.10. SE-Gothenburg - Lisebergshallen
29.10. SE-Stockholm - Arenan
31.10. D-Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit
01.11. B-Antwerp - Trix
02.11. D-Filderstadt - Filharmonie
04.11. D-Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
05.11. F-Paris - Bataclan
06.11. LUX-Esch Alzette - Rockhal
07.11. CH-Zürich - Volkshaus
09.11. A-Vienna - Arena
10.11. A-Graz - Orpheum
11.11. I-Milan - Magazinni Generali
12.11. D-Munich - Theaterfabrik
13.11. CZ-Prague - KD Vitavska
15.11. PL-Warsaw - Stodola
16.11. D-Berlin - Huxleys
17.11. NL-Tilburg - 013
18.11. D-Cologne - Essigfabrik"

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Detente Cancels Tour Date With Riot

Detente has announced that they will be canceling their upcoming tour date with Riot at The Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, California on October 15th. Detente is planning on rescheduling the show for later on in the year. Samples of Detente's music can be found at the band's official MySpace page.

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Just For Fun

Ten Worst Album Covers From Great Bands

In a special article at Noisecreep.com, you can check out their own list of the ten worst album covers from otherwise well respected bands (and Dragonforce.) Among the embarassing album covers are Iron Maiden, Pantera, Razor and Artillery. You can check it out by heading to NoiseCreep.com.

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The Lizards To Support King's X On Tour

THE LIZARDS, the hard rock band featuring Bobby Rondinelli (BLUE OYSTER CULT, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH) and Mike DiMeo (RIOT), will be supporting KING'S X on the following dates:

Oct. 28 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Oct. 29 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct. 30 - Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
Nov. 01 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
Nov. 03 - Avalon Club, NYC, NY
Nov. 04 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA

THE LIZARDS recently completed a "super session" with a rock and roll legend for the band's upcoming CD. Although it's "hush hush" in THE LIZARDS camp as far as who this rock guest star is (which will be disclosed at a future date), he was quoted as saying, "They were the best sessions I've ever done outside my own music!"

In addition to a new studio album, THE LIZARDS are putting the finishing touches on an album of cover tunes as well as a new DVD of live performances culled from their recent tour of Europe. All three releases are expected to surface in early 2006.

In November 2005, Bobby Rondinelli will be doing a drum clinic tour in Europe sponsored by Ludwig and Paiste.

Plans exist for THE LIZARDS to embark on a major world tour to coincide with the release of their new studio album in 2006.

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Headline News

Guy Speranza, Original Riot Singer, Passes Away

GUY SPERANZA, the original lead vocalist for RIOT, passed on in a Florida hospital due to pancreatic cancer last weekend. Speranza fronted the band from their beginnings in Brooklyn, New York in early 1976. His unique vocal style can be heard on Rock City (1977), Narita (1979) and the unsurpassed gem Fire Down Under (1981). Speranza was 47 years old.

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