Due to complications from singer Tony Moore‘s emergency oral surgery, legendary U.S. metal band RIOT is disappointed to announce that it will not be able to support HAMMERFALL on the Swedish metal act’s previously announced European headlining tour.
A routine dental checkup discovered a deeply infected root canal, and the infection had spread to the jaw and surrounding teeth. The only option was immediate surgery to remove the tooth, as well as a portion of the infected bone tissue, and to perform a large graft with healthy bone from the surrounding area.
Says Tony: “During the initial examination, my doctor gave me a puzzled look and then asked the question that put fear in my heart: ‘Are you in a lot of pain?’ I was then informed that I would be if this procedure was not performed [as soon as possible]. After the surgery, I was made aware of the extent of the bone graft, and the risk of dislodging fragments of implanted bone should I resume normal activity too soon. I was put on a liquid diet and limited to bed rest for several days, then informed that because of the location of the surgery, singing was out of the question for four weeks. As I write this I still have stitches in my mouth and have to limit my physical activity. The recovery period essentially wiped out any hope of sufficient practice time for a RIOT setlist, and full recovery takes four months before the tooth can be replaced. We discussed all the options we could think of, the last of which was to perform the final 10 dates of the engagement with minimal practice on my part. In then end, though, everyone agreed that going out with my voice at any less than 100 percent would have compromised a show for which some fans have been waiting many years. With heavy hearts we made the only viable decision; to withdraw from the tour.”
Commented RIOT in a statement: “The entire RIOT organization would like to apologize to our record label, SPV, and thank them for supporting our decision. We have been assured that future European dates will be announced as soon as the appropriate schedule can be safely booked. We would also like to apologize to HAMMERFALL, who have been extremely generous and supportive throughout this process. We look forward to meeting you all in the near future. Finally we would like to apologize to our fans and friends who have sustained us throughout the reunion. We are as disappointed as you are, but you can be assured that RIOT will visit Europe as soon as possible. We’re already confirming dates for early 2012 in the U.S., and we plan to support the release of ‘Immortal Soul’ as strongly as you have supported us for nearly a quarter of a century.
“A special note to our Asian fans: these events will not have any effect on our plans to perform in Japan in 2012. Tony will be fully recovered long before then, and we look forward to bringing ‘Immortal Soul’ to you soon. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy the album as much as we have enjoyed creating it. Let us know what your favorites are so that we can bring them to you onstage next time we meet.”
A last note from Tony: “I’ve been dying to sing this stuff since we finished the album, and being sidelined like this is a major blow. I’m doing everything I can to recover so that I can rebuild the voice you’ll hear when the album is released. I know that you want nothing less. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your support and good wishes.”
RIOT‘s new album, “Immortal Soul”, will be released on October 21 in Japan via Marquee/Avalon; October 26 in Scandinavia; October 28 in Germany; Austria and Switzerland; October 31 in the rest of Europe; and November 22 in the U.S. and Canada through Steamhammer/SPV. The effort will be available as a limited digipack with two bonus tracks, double gatefold LP (colored blue vinyl) and regular jewel case.
“Immortal Soul” track listing:
02. Still Your Man
04. Wings Are For Angels
05. Fall Before Me
06. Sins Of The Father
08. Immortal Soul
10. Whiskey Man
13. Johnny’s Back (live recording; digipack bonus track) *
14. Metal Soldiers (live recording; digipack bonus track) *
* Recorded live at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 6, 2009 in Sölvesborg, Sweden
The artwork was created by the band’s vocalist Tony Moore and can be seen below.
With lineup changes knocking their momentum and the Eighties developing into a thrash-fest, a new-look RIOT bounced back in 1988 with the widely-acclaimed “Thundersteel”. Although the faces might have looked unfamiliar, with only guitarist Mark Reale now left from the band’s formative years, the aggression and musicianship remained unrivalled and unchallengeable. With Tony Moore‘s distinctive vocals, the muscle and might of bassist Don Van Stavern and drummer Bobby Jarzombek powering the songs along, and Reale‘s precision playing RIOT were reborn, and followed “Thundersteel” two years later with the jaw-dropping “The Privilege Of Power”, an inspiring and at times truly epic album. However, by this time the music world was turning into a very different place, and RIOT found themselves struggling against a tide of apathy. Reale continued to guide the ship through the next two decades, delivering albums of consistent, quality metal, culminating in 2006’s “Army Of One” — a true statement of intent, as if one were needed.
But the army of one is an army of five once more as RIOT‘s classic “Thundersteel” and “Privilege…” lineup has reunited, adding guitarist Mike Flyntz who played in the live band at that time.