Below is the back cover blurb, but yeah, it’s pretty wild how many people have
asked me for a Riot book over the years. So much so that I included a few fan
stories in here to pay tribute to the people’s band status of these guys.
And you’ll like the price of it, I hope. Remember, I am signing, packing these
up and mailing from Canada. Orders will be signed from me to you, so please
specify if it’s a present for someone else. Glad to sign as a present for your
fave old school metal buddy!
Rock City, Narita, Fire Down Under, Restless Breed, Born in America...
These are the pioneering, superlative heavy metal records that represent the
classic first decade of Brooklyn’s Riot’s, before the band would break up,
eventually storming back with Thundersteel and The Privilege of
Power, existing to this day as Riot V after the shocking death from
Crohn’s disease of guitarist and leader Mark Reale.
Riot’s is a tale of opportunities missed, of a band ahead of the curve, and of
a band from which both its classic era lead singers—Guy Speranza and Rhett
Forrester—are now dead, as is, of course, Mark Reale, a quiet man who,
fatefully, wanted to leave the business to others and just play his heavy
But this book is not just about the ’75 to ’85 period of the band that spawned
one of the finest metal records of all time, 1981’s Fire Down Under.
Even if the classics framed by those ten years get the full, dedicated
chapter, track-by-track Popoff treatment, the subsequent rich and substantial
catalogue of the band is discussed as well, right up to the present day where
Riot shines on.
But still, the focus is on songs like “Warrior,” “49er,” “Road Racin’,”
“Outlaw,” “Don’t Hold Back,” “Altar of the King,” “Violent Crimes,” “Vigilante
Killer,” and of course the insanely anthemic “Swords and Tequila,” as we
celebrate a New York institution that is perhaps the shining exemplar of the
term, “honourary New Wave of British Heavy Metal” band.
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