As part of their June/July tour schedule, RIOT V performed in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece before playing the Sweden Rock Festival and have more June/July dates scheduled on the West Coast and a signing session arranged at Zia Records in Las Vegas at 04:00 pm on June 18th. More info on the event can be found HERE.
Fan-filmed video footage of RIOT V, the new band featuring the remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT, performing on June 6 at this year’s edition of the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg can be seen HERE.
RIOT V released their debut album, “Unleash The Fire”, last October via SPV/Steamhammer. The CD marks the first release from RIOT without the late, great founding guitarist Mark Reale, who passed away in early 2012 and was limited on his participation on 2011’s reunion album “Immortal Soul” because of his health issues. The band was encouraged at the request of Mark and the Reale estate to forge ahead in his honor and has dedicated this new offering to him.
“Unleash The Fire” promises to please fans of the “Thundersteel” era of RIOT, as main songwriter and longtime Reale music collaborator Don Van Stavern does much of the writing, as he did on “Thundersteel” and “The Privilege Of Power”. Longtime RIOT bandmate, songwriter and Reale’s guitar partner of over 20 years, Mike Flyntz, joined Don, to create what they feel is something they are proud to call a RIOT record. The RIOT V lineup is completed 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.
RIOT V live in the USA
June 17 Hollywood,CA – Whiskey A Go-Go
June 18 Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
June 19 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
June 20 San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
July 16 Portland, OR – Dante`s
July 17 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
July 18 Spokane, WA – tba