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Not the way I wanted to start my day. Love so many of Riot's albums and, honestly, could find something to appreciate on ALL of their albums. Quality was name of the game when it came to Riot. Sincerely hope he's in a better place:

 

 

 

Mark Reale, the founding guitarist of the legendary metal band RIOT, passed away earlier today (Wednesday, January 25) in a San Antonio hospital due to complications of Crohn's disease — an ailment he has battled for most of his life. He was 56 years old.

 

Reale had reportedly been in a coma for the past two weeks after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage on January 11.

 

RIOT said in a 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."

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Ah, sad news. I don't know of his work with Riot as I have never really bothered with that band, but I do know he made 3 fantastic albums with Tony Harnell and Bruno Ravel as Westworld. What a real shame that this project will now no longer be. Some genuinely world class music came from those sessions.

 

Sad news, and may he rest in peace.

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Ah, sad news. I don't know of his work with Riot as I have never really bothered with that band, but I do know he made 3 fantastic albums with Tony Harnell and Bruno Ravel as Westworld. What a real shame that this project will now no longer be. Some genuinely world class music came from those sessions.

 

Sad news, and may he rest in peace.

 

Agreed Geoff, Westworld was a great band as well. Check out the Riot album "Army of One". Incredible album that, while heavy, is very melodic as well.

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Bad news indeed, have all the Speranza/Forrester Riot albums as well as the Westworld ones. Rotten news from a (personally) rotten year so far.

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Sad day indeed... I'd been a fan of RIOT since I picked up the "Fire Down Under" album back in the early 80's. When I was in college I would alway blast the "Born In America" release for the whole dorm to hear... I love that release.

 

I actually had a ticket to see RIOT 2 weeks ago at Jaxx in Virginia. That show was cancel on the day of the show. I had heard that Mark was very sick so I figured the cancellation might have something to do with his health.

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I don't mean this as a joke, but Riot were the Rodney Dangerfield of Metal. They never got the respect they should have. They were plagued by many line-up changes, death of not one, but two lead singers. Yet, they always put out top grade material.

Prayers go out to his friends and family.. :beerbang:

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Im a huge Riot fan of all eras and Mark was one of my fav guitarists and songwriters. I got into this great band during the Dimeo years and went backwards and love all albums and eras. I had heard Mark was sick lately but had no idea it was this bad. This is such a shock and just very sad. This after the band just released a huge comeback Immortal Soul that is incredible. He will be missed. RIP Mark Reale.

 

Also im a huge fan of those Westworld discs.

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Very sad indeed. I've been planning to start a thread about him since I heard Westworld. He's not the flashiest and fastest but one of the very few who displayed real class and maturity in guitar playing. Only played what is right for the song. Probably it's my age, but I'm leaning more these days towards players like him and Kim Mitchell. Rest in peace.

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Very sad indeed. I've been planning to start a thread about him since I heard Westworld. He's not the flashiest and fastest but one of the very few who displayed real class and maturity in guitar playing. Only played what is right for the song. Probably it's my age, but I'm leaning more these days towards players like him and Kim Mitchell. Rest in peace.

 

100% right. Great player but never over played.

I was listening to the first two Westworld discs today as well as Riot's Thundersteel.

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Very sad indeed. I've been planning to start a thread about him since I heard Westworld. He's not the flashiest and fastest but one of the very few who displayed real class and maturity in guitar playing. Only played what is right for the song. Probably it's my age, but I'm leaning more these days towards players like him and Kim Mitchell. Rest in peace.

 

100% right. Great player but never over played.

I was listening to the first two Westworld discs today as well as Riot's Thundersteel.

Yeah, having not know him before Westworld, I must admit that his guitar work on the Westworld albums was definitely worthy of note. A real crisp, clean sound. Even if he was a stranger to me before that project, once I heard how that band gelled together I'd not have had it any other way.

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RIP, maestro. 2 of your albums in my top 10 ever, saw you 3 times (even if without Tony, Perez the bass octopus was enough), signed my stuff, told me few tricks... Dance the death, maestro, on the wings of the seal.And so it goes.

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