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Live In Japan

Riot

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Album Review

Live in Japan was recorded at a 1992 concert that included older songs ("Narita," "Tokyo Rose") as well as their late-'80s and early-'90s material ("Flight of the Warrior," "Johnny's Back"). Singer Tony Moore — who was not the original vocalist on the many of the songs — spends a lot of time trying to sound like Rob Halford, and he pulls it off quite well. The tracks are a satisfying mix (including a cover of "Smoke on the Water," complete with a horn section) from a band who had went through as many lineups as style changes, and while Live in Japan is entertaining, it's probably best left to Riot diehards.

Biography

Formed: 1973 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The long-lived New York-based heavy metal band Riot was formed in 1976 by guitarist/songwriter Mark Reale, who recruited vocalist Guy Speranza, guitarist L.A. Kouvaris, bassist Jimmy Iommi, and drummer Peter Bitelli. After debuting in 1977 with Rock City, Kouvaris was replaced by guitarist Rick Ventura, and the group returned in 1979 with Narita; Iommi and Bitelli were the next to exit, and with the recruitment of bassist Kip Leming and drummer Sandy Slavin, the classic Riot lineup was in place....
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  • $18.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 04 May 1999

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