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Riot Posts Statement On Health Of Mark Reale; Status Of Upcoming Shows

Riot posted an update on the health of Mark Reale, who recently was admitted to the hospital for complications due to Crohn's disease in the following statement on Facebook:

"Dear FB friends, please find the full update on Marks' health on our website.

"Due to complications arising from treatment Mark remains hospitalized in San Antonio and will not be healthy enough to appear as scheduled.

"At the strong urging of Mark's family, we decided to perform the shows without Mark on guitar.

"While we are saddened by these developments, Riot's music has been Mark's lifeblood for over 30 years. We have struggled with idea of performing without him, and we are continuing to prepare with heavy hearts, but the entire Riot organization has agreed on the importance of bringing our music to the fans who have supported us for so long.

"Please watch this site for news on Mark's recovery, and we ask that friends and fans pray for the best possible outcome.

"Thank you for continuing to support Riot during this difficult time, and we will see you at the shows.

"Mike, Tony, Bobby and Don"

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2 Comments on "Riot Posts Statement On Health Of Mark Reale"

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1. HMR writes:

The charity aspect of this endeavor can be understood,yet as a loyal Riot fan, I'd rather send my $20 bucks directly to Mark, if I had a way. Riot is not Guy, Rhett, Tony, Jimmy, Sandy, Mike F, Mike D, Pete, Don, Bobby, or whoever else--it's Mark, and Mark alone, and always has been. Without him present, the quality of other players is irrelevant, no matter how high, and without him it certainly is not Riot. Sometimes, the show just mustn't go on. Hope Mark makes it, so that real/Reale long-awaited Riot shows could be re-scheduled Stateside in the future.

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2. CROMCarl writes:

I actually agree with that HMR....kudos!

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