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Riot

The long-lived New York-based heavy metal band Riot was formed in 1976 by guitarist/songwriter Mark Reale, who recruited vocalist Guy Speranza, guitarist L.A. Kouvaris, bassist Jimmy Iommi, and drummer Peter Bitelli. After debuting in 1977 with Rock City, Kouvaris was replaced by guitarist Rick Ventura, and the group returned in 1979 with Narita; Iommi and Bitelli were the next to exit, and with the recruitment of bassist Kip Leming and drummer Sandy Slavin, the classic Riot lineup was in place. Tours in support of AC/DC and Molly Hatchet followed before the release of 1981's Fire Down Under, considered by fans to represent the band's creative peak; with the departure of frontman Speranza, however, Riot suffered a major blow from which they never fully recovered. New vocalist Rhett Forrester made his debut on 1982's Restless Breed, but after issuing Made in America a year later, Reale announced the band's dissolution; after forming a new group, the Mark Reale Project, he re-formed Riot in late 1986 with vocalist Tony Moore, bassist Don VanStavern, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek. The new lineup's comeback effort, Thundersteel, appeared in 1988, followed two years later by The Privilege of Power; after adding second guitarist Mike Flyntz and replacing VanStavern with bassist Pete Perez, the group toured the Far East, yielding the LP Riot in Japan Live!!! in 1992. After 1994's Night Breaker, Jarzombek quit Riot, and was replaced by drummer John Macaluso for 1996's The Brethren of the Long House; Jarzombek returned to the fold to release Inishmore two years later, with Sons of Society following in 1999. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Go to You Tube. Put in Riot live at "My Father's Place" Long Island N.Y. 9/15/81 to see this band in all their glory!
Riot were so f**king awesome when they had their original singer, Guy Speranza - very underrated and overlooked early 80's Metal band
The cover of Narita always reminds me of Fly To The Rainbow from the Scorpions. Two great albums from two great bands!
joehead4209
best riot song out there
Guy Sperenza voice is gold.
The iconic Johnny the seal man graces their first 3 albums.
Riot City, Narita and Fire Down Under. The 3 reasons! Enough said!
I love their first three albums, but riot, and thundersteel I think are dumb
Saw this band in 1979, 1980 and 1982. They are very under rated and under appreciated. Shine On Guy, Mark , and Rhett!!!
That album cover for Fire Down Under is probably one of the worst in rock , but you know what they say never judge a book by its cover. What's inside is classic Riot at their peak .Great album. Should have been more successful.
Immortal Soul, Privilege Of Power & ThunderSteel r their best albums
milosdad
1977. Rock City. That was the best.
Holy crap! Riot? I flashed back to jr. high school and my Tygers Of Pan Tang/Saxon/I r o n Maiden era. That was enjoyable, but Motörhead and Overkill have stood the test of time much better.
Showdown is one of my favorite songs of all time. I remember seeing them perform at Brooklyn's L'Amour, back in the mid 80's.
Fire Down Under was totally it....every song on that album stands on it's own. I have all their vinyl and have always been a huge fan...they made their mark in metal !!!!
Riot had 5-6 great albums between Priveledge of Power and the new Immortal Soul. Mike Dimeo singing who was later in Masterplan and a great Aussie band called Illium
milosdad
First version of this band is the best. Loved the almost punk fresh sound they had to good ol' rock n roll.
very underated band...long live the mighty Tior!!!!
for me...just OK. don't get eddie trunk's hard-on for them. anyone however who would walk out on a rush concert can no longer post anyy opinion on anything because their credibilty is gone forever.
nicko252008
This band will be more appreciated as time goes on, people tend to find great things after the fact. The members and/or genre may be dead today, but the METAL lives on FOREVER!! Rock on metal brotherhood! ! Rock on/....
IT'S THE POODLE OF DOOM!
I saw Riot open for Rush on their Moving Pictures Tour. I left the minute Rush went on.
i'm sorry but this is like totally the opposite of fallujah, pandora!
michaelmccui s t 6 7 8 3
Me and all my friends gave ourselves concussions listening to this song in high school back in the 80's!!
@ nvfonseca (way down there).
All these years later, I'm still wondering the same thing.
Awesome Song, awesome band, They should have been bigger than all the 80 pop metal. R.I.P Guy & Mark
Al Dimeola song. This version rocks.
pitbull579
RIOT ROCKS !!!! Swords & Tequila
rfm_plc
Fire Down Under!!!!!
Fire Down Under Tour. back in '81' in L.A. was a Killer Concert...
smithkk.8480
Riot was a great band! Should have gotten more recognition thats for sure.
i like this! first song by Riot that pandora played for me was Fire Down Under. i live it! im deff gunna chaeck this band out!
thundersteel best riot song the the riff
e.spanto
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Iv been a RIOT rocker since the 70s there one of history's baddest ROCK_N_ROLL HEAVY METAL bands ever.ROCK ON GUYS
milosdad
Wow, I'm 16 again. Tokyo Rose!
milosdad
Rock City, Narita. Great records. I don't consider the Privelege of Power and Thunder Steel true Riot records. That's like calling Motley Crue Motley Crue with only Nikki Sixx as an original member. That said, Riot was a great rock band and not a metal band. Saw them in 77' and 78' and they were awesome.
gork0
RIOT is by far one of the most under-rated metal bands of all time. They should've been huge, and it's always puzzled me as to why they never hit the bigtime. While "Fire Down Under" seems to be their peak of popularity, hardcore RIOT fans like myself still consider the faster-paced , high-pitched vocal'd Thundrsteel album as an equal. The more experimental mix and samplings of "Priviledge of Power" (including bringing in the horn section of Tower of Power, on some songs) as one of the most over-
as cool as motorhead is "RIOT" not to be confused with quiet riot. ROCK ON!!!!!
keep this RIOT going on and on.....
Great under looked metal band.... Right now the Thundersteel / P r i v i l e g e of Power Lineup is reforming for some shows in Sweden and Spain only so far...hopefu l l y the band can make a good comeback effort and tour more in the states.
How about some Judas Priest Exciter- Invader- Savage .
I saw Riot in San Diego 84 i think ,Rhett Forrester singing . I have pictures,I treasure the memory .Kick a** band.
Need to update this Band. There's more . a supergreat record called "Through the Storm" came out 2002 . And Born in America ,the Rhett Forester stuff
My brother introduced me to Riot and I can never repay him for that. Riot are outstanding
RIOT are f-n cool, love Fire Down Under.
did ron jarzombek play with these guys for a while????
one of the most underrated bands ever
Best album was the live one made my ears bleed.
I have every album up there,...and MORE. I wish there were more albums of the 70's and 80's genre to acquire. Man, these boys R_O_C_K!! If you are a guitar fan and you haven't heard these guys...., you ARE in for a treat. Check out 'Overdrive', 'Warrior', and 'Black Leather and Glittering Steel'.

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