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Soma, Osaka, Japan
3rd September 2015

mark taylor

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With the sad passing of founding guitarist Mark Reale to Crohn's disease in 2012, the influential heavy rockers continue to keep the legacy alive.

Japan loves Riot, so much so that the Japanese insist that Riot are still known by their singular name rather than the adopted Riot V, the name the band have been using since Reale's passing.

It's easy for internet trolls to knock Riot V for continuing but seeing is believing, because tonight in Osaka on the same night that Japanese heroes Loudness were also in town, Riot seriously kicked my arse along with everyone else in this packed out venue.

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With over thirty years of service each, bassist Donnie Van Stavern and guitarist Mike Flyntz keep the music revitalised with passionate dignity and a pulsating two hour set full of a whopping 25 numbers covering every album from Riot's forty year career.

This was a powerful display opening with the instrumental ‘Narita’ before new vocalist Todd Michael Hall proved he is arguably Riot's finest ever singer with a clean cut high ranging voice ranging from the Metal antics of new song 'Ride Hard,Live Free' to the power ballad 'Bloodstreets'.

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The seventies material sounded so fresh and authentic with Flyntz nailing the riffs to 'Fire Down Under', 'Outlaw' and the head rolling 'Road Racin'.

With fans lapping up every word, they were treated to a very special guest appearance from original guitarist LA Kouvaris who added to a delightful 'Tokyo Rose' and a crunching 'Rock City'.

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'Land Of The Rising Sun' was aptly included by request to the encores before riding out with 'Swords And Tequila' and the blistering 'Thundersteel'. A magnificent night where the music of Mark Reale and Riot is in safe hands. Forever may it 'Shine On'

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Ride Hard Live Free
Fight or Fall
On Your Knees
Johnny's Back
Wings Are for Angels
Fire Down Under
Hard Lovin' Man
Metal Warrior
Sign of the Crimson Storm
Fall From the Sky
Black Leather and Glittering Steel
Angel Eyes
Altar of the King
Flight of the Warrior
Take Me Back
Road Racin'
Tokyo Rose
Rock City
Land of the Rising Sun
Swords and Tequila


Photos by Masaki Miyauchi



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