After returning from our Japan tour (RIOT) in April of that year (2007) Mark had gotten word from Jeff Allen (a friend at Universal Attractions) that Bonnie Tyler was going to perform 4 shows, two in Canada and two in the US and needed a complete band to perform her hits. This was just a one off type of thing but never the less Mark said yes that he could get a band together that included him on guitars, Mike Dimeo on keyboards, Bobby Rondinelli on drums and Lenny Rocillo on bass
Mark contacted me and asked if I could help out seeing that we only had a few weeks to put everything together. Now I was in San Antonio putting together our
Spain 6 city tour with the promoters when Mark contacted me about this. I was so happy to see him working with such a great singer like Bonnie Tyler, I couldn’t wait to help out my friend any way I could. So I flew up to Mark’s house the next weekend and started working on it while continuing working on the Spain Tour…was a busy next two months that year for me!
So I got a rehearsal hall out on long Island, the band
rehearsed for about a week. Then Bonnie arrived just a few days before the first 2 shows. She rehearsed with the band for the next two days then all of us flew to Buffalo, New York where the promoters had a bus waiting for us to cross into Canada.
band performed at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada on September 28th and 29th of 2007. Both shows where a huge success (1,800 sold out) as this was Bennie’s first time ever in Canada……the band sounded great! After having a extra day off in Niagara Falls and enjoying the views, we all boarded the bus and returned to Buffalo, then flew back to Long Island, New York.
one of the only few video clips of Mark Reale performing
LIVE with Bonnie Tyler
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