Friday, November 22, 2013

Riot announce Todd Michael Hall as new lead singer, band set to tour

It has been announced today that singer Todd Michael Hall is the new front man for New York hard rockers, Riot. The band previously announced that they would continue without founding member and sole original member Mark Reale, who passed in January 2012 after a lifelong battle with Crohn's Disease. Riot, now being billed as Riot V, have also announced tour dates.

Feb. 7, 2014 Brescia, Italy
Feb. 8, 2014 Wurzburg, Germany / Metal Assault Festival
Feb. 9, 2014 Athens, Greece

The band have also announced they have an album coming soon, planned for a summer 2014 release.The band now consists of...

Todd Michael Hall- vocals
Mike Flyntz- guitar
Donnie Van Stavern- bass
Bobby Jarzombek- drums

I'm very happy to hear that Riot will continue. I am, however, a little confused by the Riot V name. I did read on the band's Facebook page that the "V" marks their fifth phase in terms of lead singers. The first being Guy Speranza, second being Rhett Forrester, third being Tony Moore, and fourth being Mike DiMeo. I would think Mike Tirelli is "phase 5" but whatever: Riot are back!