Riot Tribute Mark Reale And Release Details About Today's Memorial

Riot have issued a statement about the death of Mark Reale and announced details about the memorial mass which will take place today:

It was with great sadness that we had to announce that Mark Reale, the founder of US metal legends Riot, passed away last week, having lost his battle with Crohn's disease. He was just 56 years old. Mark's band mates have been devastated by his death.

Mike Flyntz on his personal loss: "I would like to thank everyone for the support and love regarding the passing of my dear friend Mark Reale. I have had the honor to stand next to him on the stage and in the studio for over 22 years. Mark gave me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of recording and writing records, and also touring in support of those records.

I was a fan first, getting his autograph after a RIOT show at L'Amours when I was in college. Mark was a shy man who didn't talk much unless he was being interviewed or on the phone. Lord knows he could talk on the phone. Mark also loved to laugh. One part of our special relationship was that we could laugh until we were crying, and he would be lying on the floor yelling "please stop" and after 5 minutes of silence all I had to do was look at him and it would start all over. I will forever cherish those moments.

As far as a musician, he is the most underrated guitarist, song writer, riff creator, visionary in rock music. He should be in the Rock-n-Roll hall of fame for his vibrato alone. LISTEN TO HIS VIBRATO. His sense of melody was incredible. He taught me so much. There is so much more I need to say about my friend but I have been at a loss of words since his passing. The only comfort I have is that he is out of pain. Thank you everyone!"

The family will receive friends and fans near and far to join them on Tuesday, January 31, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Porter Loring Mortuary North, San Antonio, Texas http://www.porterloring.com

A guestbook can be found here

Mass will take place: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 12:00 P.M.

All are welcomed and encouraged to attend this service.

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