About Mark

Born: June 7th 1955
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 5'11
Eyes: Blue
Playing hand: Right
Guitar Model: Gibson Les Paul, Gretsch
Effects Used: Analog Delay, Tube Screamer, Chorus  Pedal, Boss PS-3 Digital Pitch Shifter/Delay, Guyatone
MC-3 Micro Chorus

Cabinets I use: Marshall 1960 A&B 35wt
Heads I use: JCM 800 (model 2203) 50wt tube and Soldano SLO-100 tube 100wt
Strings I use: GHS
I use: Jim Dunlop picks

Custom peddle board provided by NycPedalboards.com.
I also use Mirabella Guitars.com for all my restoration needs, check them out!

Influences: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Michael Schenker, Gary Moore, Al Di Meola, Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie Montrose

Interest: Classical Music, Watching Old Movies, Running,  History, Cooking, Collaborating with other artist.

Bands I like: The Beatles, Ronnie Montrose, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Evanesces, Audio Salve, Jet, Al Di Meola, Mountain

Mark was born in Brooklyn New York on a sunny day, father of Anthony Reale and mother Frances Reale. Mark grew up listen to many kinds of music but it was a small band from England named "The Beatles" that sparked his interest. Then when he saw Ronnie Montrose and Rick Derringer with Edgar Winter back in the early 70`s he knew what his passion was. In 1975 Mark and co-founder Guy Speranza formed the band RIOT. 

RIOT released their first album ‘Rock City’ in 1977, followed by ‘Narita’ two years later.  While these albums were instrumental in creating and tightening RIOT's sound, for many fans, 1981′s ‘Fire Down Under’ acted as the band’s breakthrough.  In 1982, following the departure of vocalist Guy Speranza, RIOT achieved greater attention with ‘Restless Breed’ – the band’s first album to feature vocalist Rhett Forrester.

After the first Riot break-up in the mid-80′s, Reale formed a new band named Narita which failed to get off the ground. He revived RIOT in 1988, who subsequently released ‘Thundersteel’ – the first release with vocalist Tony Moore. As a sideline, Reale also teamed up with ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell in the late 90s to form the hard rock powerhouse Westworld. With Westworld, Reale never achieved any huge commercial success, but critically, the hard rock press was often more than enthusiastic with regards to the band.

Meanwhile, shifting line-ups in RIOT never deterred Reale, who continued to record with the band throughout the 90s and beyond. The arrival of 2011′s ‘Immortal Soul’ had been particularly anticipated by the band’s fans, since not only was it RIOT's first studio record in five years, but it also marked the return the Thundersteel Reunion line up.

Metal bands of the 80's and 90"s including such names as Metallica and Megadeth site Mark Reale and RIOT as a major influence. Here's what a few critics had to say about one of the most underrated guitarists of all time!

a. Mark Reale can as well be one of the most underrated guitarists/composers of all time in the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal universe...

Mark Reale was the last guy to show up but he came in from another door and is the only...
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Mark Reale is indestructible... Source: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/

Mark Reale passed away on January 25th 2012, he was 56 years old. Please keep the Mighty Tior in your hearts and the memory of Mark alive within you. Shine on, Mark shine on!