Late last week RIOT founder and guitarist Mark Reale was been admitted to a San Antonio, Texas hospital in critical condition due to complications of Crohn’s disease. Due to complications arising from treatment for Mark’s illness, he remains hospitalized in San Antonio and will not be healthy enough to appear at upcoming shows as scheduled. Mike (Flyntz; guitar), Tony (Moore; vocals), Bobby (Jarzombek; drums) and Don (Van Stavern; bass) have, at the strong urging of Mark’s family, decided to perform the shows without Mark on guitar.
A new band update on his condition reads as follows: “We are receiving updates on his condition several times daily, and Mark is currently undergoing procedures to stabilize him. His father, in addition to several dedicated friends of the band and the family, are at Mark’s side constantly as doctors work to restore him to health. In accordance with the family’s wishes, no further details are being released at this time. While we are saddened by these developments, Riot’s music has been Mark’s lifeblood for over 30 years. We have struggled with idea of performing without him, and we are continuing to prepare with heavy hearts, but the entire Riot organization has agreed on the importance of bringing our music to the fans who have supported us for so long. We ask that friends and fans pray for the best possible outcome. Thank you for continuing to support Riot during this difficult time, and we will see you at the shows.”
18 – New York City, NY – B.B. Kings
19 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
20 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
23 – Miami – 70.000 Tons of Metal
27 – Hamburg, Germany – Headbangers Open Air