Mark Reale, founding member and guitarist for New York rockers Riot, is reportedly in critical condition due to complications from Crohn's disease. Reale has been admitted to a hospital in San Antonio and has been left in Intensive Care Unit. According to a statement from the band on their official website, Reale has been battling with Crohn's disease for most of his life and that recently Reale had been in pain during rehearsals for the band's upcoming tour. The band has also admitted that the band's second guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a majority of the guitar work on the band's latest album Immortal Soul, which was released late last year. The band have noted that there's a possibility that Reale will not be able to perform with the band for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. They have also noted that if they have to, they will have to perform as a four piece band. In the history of Riot, Reale has been the band's only stable member since the band formed in 1975. The line-up of Riot that is currently together is the band's Thundersteel era line-up. Along with Reale is singer Tony Moore, guitarist Mike Flyntz, bassist Don Van Stavern, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek.
Okay, this flat out sucks. First Tony Iommi and now Mark. What the hell is going on here?
GET BETTER SOON, MARK!