Riot founder Mark Reale lost his battle with Crohn's disease and passed away Wednesday morning (Jan. 25) at the age of 56. Reale was admitted to a San Antonio hospital two weeks ago and he suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage on Jan. 11 and had been in a coma since then.
The band released this statement:
"To friends and fans of Mark Reale and Riot, We are deeply saddened to confirm that Mark has lost his battle with a lifelong illness. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated by Mark’s family, friends, and bandmates at this difficult time."
Damon Di Bari, the 'sixth' member of Riot, posted this tribute on www.markreale.com:
"Our brother Mark Reale went home to be with our Lord this day January 25th 2012 after a long battle and complications from Crohns disease. He is survived by his father Anthony Reale and was precede in death by his mother Frances Reale.
Mark was born June 7th 1955 in Brooklyn New York at a time when rock and roll was flourishing with many new sounds. Early in his life, his first interest had been the movies, ever so curiously, he had shown an interest in films. But then, songs he heard on the radio began to change that. He quickly began to love music from the Beatles and Cream. Mark lists George Harrison and Eric Clapton as great influences. When he was 7 years old his grandfather bought him his first basic guitar to practice on and later his father bought him a new guitar and amp -- the passion had begun.
In the early to mid 70's his influences included the likes of Edgar Winter, Ronnie Montrose and Rick Derringer. He also loved a range of bands and artists from Al Di Meola to Deep Purple. In 1975 Mark formed the heavy metal band Riot, then at a block party Mark's father found vocalist Guy Speranza. Mark's guitar style and his passion for writing songs that told stories that were so deep and moving had made a real connection with those who would become life long fans. The fans felt so connected to Mark because the lyrics in Riot's songs were extremely close to the stories of their own lives. His song writing style could weave tales of anything from old lore to battle fields and warriors, personal loss and triumph. And heavy metal anthems that will be with us for decades to come.
The brethren of brothers that Mark spent his life long career in music with and whom he leaves behind or joins in heaven are, Guy Speranza, L.A Kouvaris, Kip Leming, Peter Bitelli, Rhett Forrester, Rick Ventura, Jimmy Iommi, Sandy Slavin, Tony Moore, Don Van Stavern, Mike Flyntz, Pete Perez, Bobby Jarzombek, Mike Di Meo, John Macaluso, Bobby Rondinelli, Mike Tirelli, Frank Gilchriest and Damon Di Bari who was always like the "sixth" member of the band being Riot's lighting director / production manager / tour manager and Mark's personal assistant. Mark's final days were spent with Damon at his hospital bedside, sharing the fans thoughts, well wishes and prayers. Even though Mark began his career in New York, San Antonio was a special place he loved and not only lived here for awhile but had planned on moving back here to make San Antonio his permanent home.
With heart felt thanks to the fans around the world, the United States, Japan, Europe and all points in between, the Riot Army ment everything in the world to Mark, it's what kept him going. The loyalty and love of the band's fans fueled his passion and desire to continue making music for as long as possible. Please keep the mighty tor in your hearts and the memory of Mark alive within you. Shine on, Mark shine on!"
Beale started Riot back in 1975, and the band had the peak of their popularity in the late 1970's and early 80's with the 'Rock City,' 'Narita,' 'Born In America,' and classic 'Fire Down Under' and 'Restless Breed' albums. Some great metal started by Beale in 1975. R.I.P. brother!
Mark Reale, guitarist for Riot, is in critical condition at a San Antonio, Texas hospital due to complications from Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease in which parts of the digestive system get swollen and have deep sores called ulcers. It makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients from food.
Riot were founded in New York City in 1975 by Reale, and the band has maintained a long and successful career while touring with acts such as AC/DC, Kiss and Black Sabbath. Riot have released 15 studio albums, and put out their latest disc ‘Immortal Soul’ on Halloween of last year.
Earlier today (Jan. 13), Riot released an official statement on their website regarding Reale’s condition:
“Mark has been battling Crohn’s for most of his life, working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for his illness. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn’s symptoms leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed facility.
The band has agreed that the performances will take place as scheduled with the possibility that Mark may not be well enough in time to appear. Riot would also like to acknowledge that Mark has been struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of their new album, ‘Immortal Soul,’ and that guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major portion of the guitars on the album with Mark’s creative direction while he was unable to perform.
For this reason, fans can be assured that the show will be as exciting as anything Riot has ever staged, even if Mike needs to hold down double guitar duty. Mark will be sorely missed in this event, but the shows will go on.
We ask fans and friends of the band to pray for Mark’s speedy recovery, and to support the band in our efforts to bring you the Riot reunion shows that have been so long in the making. While Mark’s family insists on privacy during this difficult time, your prayers and good wishes will make it to his bedside until he is able to return to the stage.
Many thanks and Shine On!
Mike, Tony, Bobby and Don
Riot has three upcoming Northeast dates and a stint on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise/Festival that leaves Miami, FL., on Jan. 23. MarshallofRock.com is sending our thoughts, positivity and prayers to Mark.
Sebastian Bach was interviewed on yesterday morning's (September 27) edition of Fox-TV's "Good Day NY". Check out the video footage of his appearance below.
The new album, "Kicking & Screaming", is now available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music. Chickenfoot III, Saxon's "Call To Arms" and L.A. Guns "Acoustic Gypsy Live" are all available for you to listen to here as well. The album was released yesterday (September 27) on Frontiers Records. It was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter) and features young virtuosic guitarist Nick Sterling and drum pro Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Iced Earth). If you like kick ass straight ahead rock with the flavor of the Seb led Skid Row, the new album is for you.
Rock Picks of the Week: Sebastian Bach, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Finding Clyde
Sebastian Bach is back with new solo material and the first Rock Pick of the Week! "Kicking & Screaming" is the title track and first release from the album, to be released on September 27th via Frontiers Records in North America and September 23rd in Europe. It's produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter).
The song has that powerful vocal that we can always expect from Bach, with solid musicianship and production. It's a great lead track as the first release from what I expect is an album full of great rock.
The recording features young guitar prodigy Nick Sterling and drum pro Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Iced Earth), as well a guest appearance by guitarist John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie). Bach and company will take to the road this month with select dates nationwide. Bach says: "This CD will follow along the lines of 'Skid Row', 'Slave To The Grind', 'Subhuman Race' and 'Angel Down'. If you like rockin' guitar riffs, high-energy songs and performances, deadly drums of doom, and ear-shattering screams, we got your rock right here!" He also described the songs as "heavy, interesting, classic sounding, modern sounding, completely rock 'n' roll — just how we like it!"
"Kicking & Screaming" track listing:
1. Kicking & Screaming
2. My Own Worst Enemy
3. TunnelVision (featuring John 5)
4. Dance On Your Grave
5. Caught In A Dream
6. As Long As I Got The Music
7. I'm Alive
8. Dirty Power
9. Live The Life
10. Dream Forever
11. One Good Reason
12. Lost In The Light
14. Jumpin' Off The Wagon (on physical CD/DVD editions only)
15. Ain't There Yet (iTunes exclusive)
Bach's girlfriend, 25-year-old model Minnie Gupta is featured on both the album cover and the new video:
Kenny Wayne Shepherd just released his new album of blues rock called "How I Go". This album is another great addition to that blues rock that fans expect from Kenny. The first track "Never Lookin' Back" is quality rock, with an impressive guitar solo and the solid growling vocal of Noah Hunt. Besides Noah, Kenny has an incredible band together, including Chris Layton on drums (Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble/Arc Angels/Storyville), Riley Osbourn on Keyboards and newest addition Tony Franklin (The Firm/Blue Murder) on bass. The road warriors will be touring into October, so look for them somewhere near you.
"Never Lookin' Back"
Breaking Benjamin "Blow Me Away", featuring Syd Duran of the band Valora is the great new track up next as a Rock Pick of the Week. The Pennsylvania band are already near the top of the rock charts with this one, and it looks to have a solid shot at #1. The band continues to put out great tracks year after year, and now you can get them all on one album. A greatest Hits collection titled "Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin" will be released on August 16. The two-disc release will feature the band’s chart-topping hits including “Breath,” “So Cold,” “Sooner Or Later,” “The Diary of Jane” and “I Will Not Bow,” as well as an entire disc of rare recordings including never-before-released songs, live performances, rare acoustic recordings and remixes.
Seether "Tonight" is the second track from the album "Holding on to Strings Better Left to Fray". The band has a few gigs with Black Stone Cherry and Finger Eleven followed by dates on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. The lineup for the Uproar Festival includes Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate.
Essex, Michigan rockers Finding Clyde are up next with "Let Me In", a track from their upcoming album. The band having spent the winter of 2010/2011 writing with luminary musicians ranging from Chris Henderson of Three Doors Down and Ryan Newell from Sister Hazel.
In March 2010, when the band signed to Bullfrog Records they were introduced to main stages across the mid-west region. They toured the summer of 2010 along with Buckcherry, Slash, 3 Doors Down, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Great White, Need To Breath, Bret Michaels, and Saving Abel, and Thriving Ivory to just name a few.
The summer of 2011 will be another great year for Finding Clyde on the road. Stone Temple Pilots, Pop Evil, Sick Puppies, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and a return stint with Alice Cooper are all in the works.
Finding Clyde is:
Joe Rivard—Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jack Neymeiyer—Guitar, Organ, Vocals
Marc Scott—Drums and Percussion
Sebastian Bach sets title and release date for new album and hangs with ex- American Idol contestant James Durbin
Sebastian Bach hung out with American Idol contestant and rocker James Durbin this past Monday (June 13) and Seb said Durbin told him he wanted to perform a Skid Row song, but was told he couldn't.
Bach said on Facebook: "Interesting. Hanging with James Durbin from 'American Idol'. He tells me he wanted to sing (the Skid Row song) '18 And Life' on 'American Idol' but was told he's not allowed to, it's 'not cleared.' Who makes these decisions and why? How? He was told he could do a Bon Jovi song but not Skid Row. Very interesting. And shitty."
Durbin performed Judas Priest's "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with the British heavy metal legends themselves during the "American Idol" finale and rocked the classic "You Got Another Thing Coming" on the March 1 edition of "Idol". Durbin told USA Today last month that he is planning to record an album, with what he described as a "(Dio) 'Holy Diver', (Black Sabbath) 'Neon Knights'-type" feel. "I potentially heard my first single yesterday," he said, adding that it "still has a heavy edge and is radio friendly." He plans to reunite with a friend from home who will be his lead guitarist. He also hopes to work with Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater.
Sebastian Bach has set "Kicking & Screaming" as the title of his new solo album, due on September 27 via Frontiers Records. The CD was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter) and features young guitar virtuoso Nick Sterling and drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Iced Earth). The follow-up to 2007's "Angel Down" was mastered at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles with Tom Baker.
Bach says, "I could not be happier with my new album, 'Kicking & Screaming'. The songs, performances and sound quality are beyond what I could have ever imagined. This is my best record yet and I can't wait for all of you to crank it!"
The "Kicking & Screaming" album cover will be created by artist Richard Villa. According to Sebastian, it will feature "the hottest model in the land", presumably referring to his new girlfriend, 25-year-old model Minnie Gupta, "and reflect the lyrics as well as the brutality of the music. It's gonna be rock 'n' roll to the 9th degree album — very heavy, cool, trippy and nightmare-ish."