Mark Reale

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Mark Reale
Birth name Mark Reale
Born (1955-06-07)June 7, 1955
Brooklyn, New York
Died January 25, 2012(2012-01-25) (aged 56)
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, speed metal, power metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1974–2012
Labels Fire Sign, Capitol Records, Elektra Records, Quality Records, CBS Records, Sony Music, Zero Corporation, Rising Sun Productions, Metal Blade, Toshiba-EMI, Metal Heaven, LongHouse Music (self)
Associated acts Riot, Narita, Westworld, Bonnie Tyler
Website Official Website Page
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul, Gretsch

Mark Reale (June 7, 1955 – January 25, 2012) was an American heavy metal guitarist best known for being the only constant original member in the band Riot.

Mark was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1955. He grew up listening to The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Ritchie Blackmore and lists George Harrison as one of his greatest influences. After attending concerts by Ronnie Montrose, Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter he decided to become a rock guitarist, forming the band Riot in 1975 who are still active today. Many music magazines and critics have called him one of the most underrated heavy metal guitarists ever.

Mark Reale has been the principal songwriter and main creative force behind Riot starting with the band's 1977 debut album Rock City. The group's most acclaimed album was 1981's seminal Fire Down Under, the last of three studio albums to feature original vocalist Guy Speranza. Other notable records include Restless Breed (1982), the band's comeback album, Thundersteel (1988), and its follow-up, The Privilege of Power (1990). Riot's most recent album was Immortal Soul in 2011. Riot has toured all around the world and been a support act for major acts such as Kiss, AC/DC, Sammy Hagar, Molly Hatchet, and Rush while maintaining a particularly strong fanbase in Japan and Continental Europe.

After Riot's temporary breakup following the Born In America (1983) release, Reale formed a short-lived outfit named Narita with former members of S.A. Slayer, including future Riot bassist Don Van Stavern. The band recorded a sole demo in 1984 before calling it quits. Reale decided to re-activate Riot which led to a new record deal with CBS Records and the Thundersteel album in 1988. In 1998, Reale co-founded the group Westworld with vocalist Tony Harnell of TNT fame. Westworld released three studio albums and one live disc between 1999 and 2002.


On January 25, 2012, Reale died of complications related to Crohn's disease.[1] Reale, who had Crohn's disease most of his life, had been in a coma since January 11 due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Official Obituary:[2]

Riot the "Thundersteel Reunion" line up bandmates have issued the following statement:

“To friends and fans of Mark Reale and Riot, we are deeply saddened to confirm that Mark has lost his battle with a lifelong illness. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated by Mark’s family, friends, and bandmates at this difficult time.[3]


Main article: Riot discography

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