Condolences



Mark Reale The Official Web Site - Markreale.com

Here are some condolences from fans and friends around the world. Add yours today below!


01/29/2012 -

chris jewett

His music kept us going ,from Jr. high thru High school&beyond.San Antonio always welcomed they're shows&if not for Joe Anthony,we probably would've not heard of them!Thank you for all of your talent,music,and great times had while listening to your songs.......God Bless. Cj


01/29/2012 -

Terry Samford

I am very sorry to hear of Mark's passing.


01/29/2012 -

Ernie Cruz

Rest In Peace Mark. You will forever be in our hearts. Your music touched us and you were a great inspiration and influence in my musical life. Sincere condolences to the Reale family. God Bless.


01/29/2012 -

Mark B

My deepest condolences to Mark's family,friends and bandmates....Mark thanks for the great music over years.Shine On Warrior. Mark....N.Ireland


01/29/2012 -

Yolanda Guajardo

My deepest condolence to Mr. Reale and all of Mark's brothers.


01/29/2012 -

Martin

My deepest sympathy to the Reale family. Mark was not only a great friend but a great musician and person as well. He will always live in our heart and thru his music. Rest in peace my friend.


01/29/2012 -

Wallace Moon

Mark..i will always cherish the time we shared together you always treated me as your brother and you will always be in my heart..Rest in peace brother...Shine on!


01/29/2012 -

Matthew

While I did now know Mark personally, his music was both an inspiration and influence to me. His memory will live strong - and his inspiration will remain eternal.


01/29/2012 -

larzmetal

so very sorry for your lose mark was a greatperson and loved by many he will be greatly missed.


01/29/2012 -

Dennis

Mark's passing is a huge loss to the Metal Community, however he left us with a huge catalog of work to remember & celebrate his life with! Prayers to his Family & Friends!


01/29/2012 -

Jim Hanna

RIP brother from a longtime fan in Socal .


01/29/2012 -

auggie robledo

Mark is now with the Lord...he suffers no more. He touched my heart with his music and I will remember forever. God Bless.


01/29/2012 -

Jody

Dearest Mark, Riot has bonded your music to my development as a young man growing up in Easton, Pennsylvania. You will always be remembered. Love, Jody


01/29/2012 -

B~

RIP Mark The Fire Down Under and Restless Breed albums were a major part of my high school years. Thank you for creating those timeless tunes and many others throughout your legendary career. You are now in a better place along with your musical brothers Guy and Rhett. Be at peace now and Shine on Warrior.


01/29/2012 -

Ed Fox

Mark was a true legend and looked up to by thousands of fans.His music has been a driving force in my life for the past 25 years.May he rest in peace.


01/29/2012 -

Rock Roz

This is such sad news.Mark was a talented guitarist.My thoughts go with his family,friends & fans all over the world.Peace


01/29/2012 -

Peter Olsen

Rest In Peace Mark. Hope Your Shredding Away With All The Great Ones In Rock & Roll Heaven.


01/29/2012 -

Ezequiel

Que en Paz Descanses Hermano. The Sudamericans Fans!


01/29/2012 -

ED MCCARTHY

to the reale family im very sorry for your loss, i never had the pleasure of meeting mark in person but i have been a big fan of riot since 1982, i can go on and on about the memories i have especially from the first record ( rock city 1976) through restless breed (1982) i loved the thundersteel record in 1987 as well and most of marks releases for japan thruout the 90s and beyond, im very sorry we lost mark at such a young age, i never knew he had chrones disase but i do know people who suffer from it and its a hard thing to deal with, mark brought a lot of joy and most important he left a gift most of us cant when our time comes HIS MUSIC. i hope and prey that even though we will all miss mark i belive he has gone to his real home and he is at peace now, god bless mark.......... my sincere condolances go out to marks dad and his family as well as bandmates and immidiate friends rip ED MCCARTHY


01/29/2012 -

derek leyba

Thanks for all the great years of music mark,you have met a lot to me in my life and I thank you. DEREK LEYBA


01/29/2012 -

Matt Rebidue

Rest in peace with our Lord. Your music will live on forever in our hearts. God bless.


01/29/2012 -

jose fernandez

sorry for your loss. condolences to the family.


01/29/2012 -

Rolland Adrian

I never meet Mark Reale in persons but this music made my day happy when i was sad. Another great musician passed away but, may be there, some friends will waiting for a jam. R.I.P.


01/29/2012 -

Frank Longoria

Rock On you will b missed


01/29/2012 -

BENNY PEREZ

"THANKS FOR ALL THE YOU DID FOR SAN ANTONIO. AND ALL TH GREAT MUSIC YOU PUT TOGETEHER. YOU WILL BE DEARLY MISSED. BUT NOT SOON FORGOTTEN........


01/29/2012 -

Shane Rone

I never got to meet you but your music made it feel like I knew you.A great guitarist and composer.Will be known as one of the best in metal music.Rest in peace


01/29/2012 -

Konstantin

It's very sad to know that such a talented and young man died. Thank you for everything: for your amazing music, for your fighting and striggling with your lifelong sickness, for staying yourself until the end! Maybe it's just a coincidence but 'Immortal Soul' is your statement and testament now. You're trully immortal and you'll be missed forever!


01/29/2012 -

Gregg

Thoughts and Prayers to Mark's family and loved ones. Mark, Thank You for all of the incredible music over the years. Here in NJ we used to ride to work after school listening to "Fire Down Under" and all of the other Classic RIOT albums. Soundtrack of our youth... We will carry your spirit with the kids we teach music to who are learning your songs. The torch will be passed. Rest In Peace Brother...


01/29/2012 -

Daniel Ädel

Really sad to hear about Marks passing. A tragedy for his family,friends and the fans of his music. He will be eternally missed by all of us but his work will keep alive in a way.All the best to his family,all the RIOT fans and friends around the world! Cheers.


01/29/2012 -

Kevin

Mark, the lives you reached through musc are numerous. Your family should be proud of the influence you made. Thans for being an integral part of making American music have its own identity.


01/29/2012 -

Laurent Ramadier - France

Shine on Mark...Shine on... we will never forget you. You were a true artist! Rest in Peace.


01/30/2012 -

Forest Kegley

It was 87 or 88 and I was up late watching Headbanger's Ball when I 1st heard of Riot. I thought how could there be 2 bands with the word Riot in their name, then I heard the beginning of the song Bloodstreets and it immediatly grabbed me that I went out and bought the cassette to Thundersteel. I didn't even know there were many albums before that until I heard the song Outlaw on a late night radio special. Another catchy song by such an underated band. When I heard that the Thundersteel lineup was getting back together and doing a new album I was pretty excited. Immortal Soul is to me the album of the year for 2011. God Bless. Forest Kegley


01/30/2012 -

Brooklyn Ben

Sitting here in Flatbush, not too far from where Mark and Guy went to Mary Queen of Heaven together. Thank you Anthony for helping your son bring so much joy, happiness, hope and courage to the world through his music. I lit a candle and placed it in the window for him. He had a wonderful life and accomplished more than most musicians could in 10 lifetimes. Enjoy a well-earned rest, Mark. Your hometown is so proud.


01/30/2012 -

Tony Leonard from NC

To Mark, the guitarist of one of my favorite bands, RIOT. Your music & spirit will last forever. Rest in peace Metal brother. Shine on Warrior !


01/30/2012 -

Michael Nagle

R.I.P. brother!


01/30/2012 -

McBrain

Mark! I believe you´re up there with Dime, Jimmy, Cliff, Randy. John jammin forever!! You will be missed!!


01/30/2012 -

Richard Crowfoot

Rest In Peace Mark, your music will live on and inspire generations of metalheads for years to come.


01/30/2012 -

alice defreitas

Mark you are an influence to all of us metalheads rip \m/


01/30/2012 -

Mikko-Tapio Koskinen

Rip Metal Brother


01/30/2012 -

Jan-E Lindroth

R.I.P and your music vill always Shine on!


01/30/2012 -

David Coopmans

Rest in peace Mark. Your music touched me and will touch me for many years to come. Thanks for that. David from Belgium.


01/30/2012 -

jorge vega fuentes

siento una gran pena por lo que sucedio con mark , pero tambien pienso que ahora esta tranquilo , le deseo lo mejor en su viaje , pronto nos veremos ... te extrañaremos. saludos desde sudamerica , chile I feel very sorry for what happened with Mark, but I think that now is quiet, I wish him well on his way, soon we'll see ... miss you. Greetings from South America, Chile


01/30/2012 -

Marco Chiappa

Your music will remain forever, thanks for giving us so many emotions. Rest in peace, Mark!


01/30/2012 -

Metalden

thanks for your awesome job as a musician, some thoughts from France. RIP Park


01/30/2012 -

nanou

Always in my heart ! RIP Dear mark and thanks for your music.


01/30/2012 -

Diego Boschini

rest in peace your music will live forever we will miss you


01/30/2012 -

gbhimself

Farewell Mark & thank you for so much excellent music. Rock in Peace brother!


01/30/2012 -

Axel

This ist sad. Your music stays in our hearts. It´s sad you couldn´t make the 81-Europe Tour with Saxon/Ozzy.Things might have gone different. We talked about it...


01/30/2012 -

Claude

Mark, you`re a master!!Thank you for your music!! Rest in peace my friend!!


01/30/2012 -

Americo

Rest in peace, Mark. Your music will always be in my heart and my life. As a life long New Yorker I have always been proud to call Riot "New York's Finest". Say hello to Guy & Rhett. I will miss you as I miss them.


01/30/2012 -

Dennis Cristiano

Been a fan of RIOT since the very beginning,awesome band.They never got the true recognition they deserved,but all true rock fans know the deal.R.I.P. Mark,gone but not forgotten.


01/30/2012 -

tim hanson

rest easy guitar man... your music inspired me and countless others to pick up guitar. you amazed us with that tone.. just know your music lives thru us forever, and i play it LOUD and OFTEN !!! thanks bro. SHINE ON....


01/30/2012 -

Stella Kontogianni

MARK REALE, Metal Soldier, Warrior, LEGEND… Thank you for the music that has inspired us all these years and will continue to inspire us forever. Thank you for the chance you gave me to see you and getting to know you for a while and for the chance to share my feelings with you about your amazing guitar playing. Thank you for the “Angel Eyes”, for making me smile and laugh and for being there. Thank you for making this world so beautiful with your great talents. A million thanks will never be enough for what you gave. Goodbye my friend. Rest in peace. I know you are in heaven now. You are a ‘Reale’ shinning star. You will never be forgotten, You will shine on forever…Miss you ♥


01/30/2012 -

Christopher Dow

Thank you for your gifts of music which I treasure every day.I send my love to you and may you finally be granted peace without pain.Shine on forever Mark God bless you.


01/30/2012 -

Patrick Maraist

Riot was my first ever rock band to see in concert back 30 years ago when they opended for UFO. At that point it was beyond doubt that I was hooked as there is nothing like a love heavy rock show like the one you put out that night to share the spiritual connectivity of music. Since that show music has been my passion from guitarist, song writer, entertainment lawyer and concert producer and promoter. Thank you for your inspiration. Like our spirits, music, your music, is timeless. Pecae and Love to you, your friends, and your family, which always includes your fellow musicians.


01/30/2012 -

Stella Kontogianni

My condolenses to Mr. Anthony Reale, to his band mates Tony, Bobby, Donnie and Mike, and to all his friends and relatives. Stay strong...


01/30/2012 -

Adam

R.I.P. Mark, you will be missed.


01/30/2012 -

Mark Thacker

May Mark have an "Immortal Soul".


01/30/2012 -

Gerry Donelly

Farewell & RIP neighbor, you made the neighborhood proud and millions of people benefitted from your special gift. Music sooths the savage beast, your gifts brought so much joy to so many along your journey. We will miss you, but we will also never forget you, your music will keep you alive for ever .....


01/30/2012 -

christian loerbs

R.I.P Mark you were an Army of One.Thank you so much for all the great music you gave us..


01/30/2012 -

magnus Jarl

R.I.P ,Mark you was on of the greatest guitar player of all time !!!


01/30/2012 -

Martin Sosna

It´s not easy to find the right words... I never met you personally but you was long time part of my life. With records like "Fire Down Under", "Narita", "Thundersteel", "Privilege of Power" and many more you light up my metallic life. Legends never dies! Thanks for all!!!


01/30/2012 -

Brian Slagel

I was honored to have been able to work with Mark. A true legend and a wonderful person. He made so many happy in his lifetime.


01/30/2012 -

Tim G. Baker

The man could rock.....KICK DOWN THE WALLS IN HEAVEN BROTHER.


01/30/2012 -

Angelo Perlepes

I first met Mark when I saw him in concert back in 1998. The second time I met him personally as my band was opening act for Riot. We shook hands and talk about guitar and music overall. For me he was a colleague, a tutor, a guitar master. Farewell dear Mark, Shine On...


01/30/2012 -

Sean Weingartner

Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. Thanks for a lifetime of great music.


01/30/2012 -

Oliver Holzwarth

*fire down under* always have been such a great inspiration for me. a true masterpiece. thank you for the music. you will never be forgotten. RIP.


01/30/2012 -

Boris Von Faust

Mark Reale was someone many of us had admired and looked up to, and that will not change. Along with the legion of Riot supporters worldwide, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to his family and friends,as we share the loss of a kindred spirit and a great talent. We will keep Mark's name and legacy living in human minds and hearts.


01/30/2012 -

Gustave C

RIP old friend, thanks for all the music and good times you gave us for so many years.


01/30/2012 -

Gustave C

RIP old friend, thanks for all the music and good times you gave us for so many years.


01/30/2012 -

Rene Ramos

Dear Mark. just want to say you made a huge impression on me. You one of the reasons why I listen to Power Metal. You will forever be in my heart and mind.


01/30/2012 -

Jim

Thanks for the memories, your music is eternal.


01/30/2012 -

Willie Toro

Mark, Being a long time fan of RIOT and your guitar playing, I will miss U. RIP


01/30/2012 -

Christopher Lee Saenz

I was just 6 years old, living on a ranch in rural South Texas when my older brother brought home Fire Down Under on cassette. From first listen, those riffs, solos and lyrics were seered into my brain. Incredible! I will never forget. Thanks Mark.


01/30/2012 -

PEDRO

Thank you,Mark,for your music and for all,I remember you forevermore and your music still sounds in my home,¡¡¡Shine on,Mark!!!


01/30/2012 -

Shan@Battlehelm.com

RIP Mark - you rocked us from Port Vale Heavy Metal Holocaust to Wacken to Sweden Rock. I can already see you kickin ass with Guy in the sky - Shine On Warrior!


01/30/2012 -

Sergio Minacori

Mark, R.I.P. my brother you will be missed, you were a true rock star and always will be. RIOT LIVES FOREVER!!!


01/30/2012 -

Aaron Conn

Being 20 years old, I'm a bit younger than most fans of Mark here. I became aware of Riot after seeing the videos for "Restless Breed" and "Bloodstreets" on VH1 Classic in 2003. It wasn't until 2009 when I got Fire Down Under off of iTunes. From that point on, I was hooked. I think as a fan, Mark Reale will be remembered as the guy who waved the flag for Riot from day one until the day he died. He didn't seem to care about how successful Riot were in the US or elsewhere, although it helped. He was in it to make music and Riot took up a little over 35 years of his life. It saddens me as a music journalist as well because I had been wanting to get an interview with Mark months before he slipped into the coma. Rolling Stone Magazine may not acknowledge Mark's passing but like I said, it wouldn't have mattered to him: he has us, the fans. Rest in peace Mark. Shine on, warrior!


01/30/2012 -

Michael K

Mark RIP. Thudersteel still remains a all time classic in my book. Your talent will truly be missed.


01/30/2012 -

Andy Atkinson UK

Rest in Peace Mark. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, bandmates, friends and all the fans. You touched so many of us with your songs and your amazing guitar playing. I've been blasting Riot's music since I heard Roadracin' all those years ago and I'll never forget you.


01/30/2012 -

Bernd Kuh (Bernie Cow) - Austria

Thank you for your great music. Your soul and music will shine on forever in our hearts. R.I.P. Mark


01/30/2012 -

Pete Schulden

Mark was one of my favorite guitarist of all time.His playing on Thundersteel was amazing he will be miss.GOD BLESS YOU.Your fan Pete from Plant City,Florida


01/30/2012 -

Andy Atkinson

Rest In Peace Mark. My prayers and thoughts go to your family, friends, bandmates and all the fans across the world. You touched so many of us with your songs and amazing guitar playing. I saw Riot at the City Hall Newcastle UK many years ago around the time of the Fire Down Under album-one of my favourite gigs ever, having been a fan since hearing Roadracin' before that and ever since through the different phases of your career. I'll never forget you and your music.


01/30/2012 -

David Gadea San José

I´m still so much sad for the terrible notice of your departure Mark.A friend of mine send me the notice via e-mail and I breakdown in tears. The first time I heard a Riot song was in 1981 when a compilation album of several hard rock and heavy metal bands named ¨Metalmania¨came to my hands and faster to my ears.When I heard ¨Road Racing¨I inmidiatly fall in love with Riot..And your Great guitar Magic touch! Years came and gone and since that day every Riot album enter in my home...And in my heart. I saw you live tree times in my country(Spain) and never forget the concerts in Palencia near of my hometown(Valladolid) for the attitude in for the show and the audience,your grattitude,your warmth..And your quiet and permenent simle..A great person and an enormous songwritter and player! You and the other Riot members signed my records and posters..The ¨Metalmania¨record too, the first album where the first Riot song touch my heart.And there´s a phrase that you put in all of those albums and posters..Shine On! I wanna tell you that you will¨Shine On!¨ Always in my heart through you music legacy! Have peace and still Rockin´ in Heaven..See you There! I can heard the last notes of the last time that I saw you in concert at the Metalway festival in Zaragoza(Spain)..I will never forget that concert..That Festival was the last time that I saw Ronnie Dio alive too..So special. Shine On,Mark! Riot Will Always Rules!...Immortal in Our Souls!!! David Gadea Valladolid(Spain)


01/30/2012 -

Jörg Kalkhof

Nearly as long as I listen to Metal - Riot was with me. Your music delivered power. I hope you have the strength, to go your new way. Thank you for all you've gave us... we will miss you.


01/30/2012 -

Eric Grimes

Since I discovered Riot in 1988 with the release of Thundersteel I was always amazed at the music Mark was a part of. From Riot to Westworld, Mark will be missed with a tear in my heart.


01/30/2012 -

Nicholas J Pellizzeri

RIP Mark. Your music will live on forever


01/30/2012 -

John

Quando ascoltai per la prima volta i Riot,era il 1984 (avevo 15 anni)con Fire Down Under -mi ero innamorato di quasta band,e di molte altre.Ma ai Riot ero e saro' sempre affezionato in modo particolare.Quando nel 1994 seppi della morte di R.Forrester,mi rattristai molto ,e in seguito nel 2002 anche con la scomparsa di G.Speranza.Ma sapevo che almeno Mark, il fondatore era ancora li pronto per fare album,e questo mi faceva stare meglio.Adesso e' un po piu' triste per me.Ti voglio bene per sempre Mark ! a te e a tutti i Riot,sarete sempre tra i miei ricordi piu' cari.


01/30/2012 -

John

Quando ascoltai per la prima volta i Riot,era il 1984 (avevo 15 anni)con Fire Down Under -mi ero innamorato di quasta band,e di molte altre.Ma ai Riot ero e saro' sempre affezionato in modo particolare.Quando nel 1994 seppi della morte di R.Forrester,mi rattristai molto ,e in seguito nel 2002 anche con la scomparsa di G.Speranza.Ma sapevo che almeno Mark, il fondatore era ancora li pronto per fare album,e questo mi faceva stare meglio.Adesso e' un po piu' triste per me.Ti voglio bene per sempre Mark ! a te e a tutti i Riot,sarete sempre tra i miei ricordi piu' cari.


01/30/2012 -

Mario Munoz (KZEP Classic Metal Show)

Please allow me to express my heartfelt sadness regarding the loss of Mark. He was always ready to be a part of the show and we were always glad to play the music, both old and new (thanks to Pete Perez for making all those interviews possible). I send my deepest condolences to the family. I can only say that San Antonio always embraced Riot, and that both the band and Mark will always be remembered by San Antonio for their contribution to the metal. scene. Again, my deepest condolences to the family. Respectfully, Mario Munoz


01/30/2012 -

Rick Nolen

Thank you for so many years of great music! My condolences to the family,friends,and bandmates. R.I.P Mark U Will Be Missed.


01/30/2012 -

Junia Hill

My deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans around the world. You will be in our hearts forever and eternally missed.


01/30/2012 -

Juan Garcia

My condolences to the Reale family and RIOT band members (past and present). Mark's guitar playing was a huge influence on me when I first started playing guitar in the mid 80's. I finally met Mark in person in early 2000 while my band toured and supported RIOT throughout Europe, and it was a pleasure meeting Mark Reale in person and I will cherish the memories of Mark and all the RIOT members; we had all had a good time on tour together, and I know Mark had lots of fun as well. -Juan Garcia (Agent Steel


01/30/2012 -

RICK (VM)

MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO MARKS FATHER & FAMILY. KNOW THIS MARKS MUSIC WILL BE IN THE HEARTS OF MANY FOREVER. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND. BROOKLYN REMEMBERS.


01/30/2012 -

Myra & Art Williams

Our deepest sympathy to Mark's family and friends. Art and Myra Williams


01/30/2012 -

Ivan

My best wishes for family and friends. Shine on Mark, we miss you.


01/30/2012 -

Gabriel hernandez

the Legend will live on..THUNDER STEEL!!!!!!!!


01/30/2012 -

Jon Bean

My deepest sorrows to family of one of the greatest rockers ever. I've been a big fan since '81 and Mark will be sorely missed.


01/30/2012 -

jeff korns

rip mark the song i heard was road racin i was hooked at 16 years old great band love ya


01/30/2012 -

Robert Pardini

Shine on, Mark! You won't be forgotten.


01/30/2012 -

Dawn Rafferty

Mark..You Will Be So Missed By So Many People & Prayers To Your Family..I am Proud to have called You My Friend..The Crazy Times..Green Street..ROCK ON!!


01/30/2012 -

Pawl Courtney.

A genius has been lost, a legend has been born. Supported RIOT from the start....'aint going nowhere soon. Huge respect and much love.


01/30/2012 -

Lisa Fiedler

Rest in peace my friend. Your music will live on forever. You will be missed dearly.


01/30/2012 -

Eliot Wien

I just saw Riot at BB Kings. It was one of the best Metal shows that I've seen in a long time. The band truly played an incredible show even knowing that Mark wasin the hospital. They were playing for Mark. Mark's guitar case was on the stage. From one Brooklynite to another...God Bless you and thanks for all your talent, and leaving us with an incredible band. Riot...Keep Rockin! I'm sure Mark would want it that way.


01/30/2012 -

Al Natale

Rest In Peace my brother..may your suffering be a thing of the past and your memory shall live on forever through your music..god bless


01/30/2012 -

Donald and Debra Crook

My prayers will be with you and your Family,Your music will always live on. God Bless


01/30/2012 -

RICK VENTURA

I'll never forget the years we spent together, you will always be remembered in my heart, I'm sorry I could not be with you in San Antonio but I'm with you in spirit. All your old friends in Brooklyn will have our own memorial for you. RIP Mark.


01/30/2012 -

Robert Thompson

You will be in our hearts forever Mark. God bless your family and friends. With my loving heart...Robby Thompson


01/30/2012 -

Kent Haberkorn

Mark, Thank You for your Friendship all of these years and sharing your music with me! You have been a Huge influence on my life and helped me stay on the right path. I will miss our long talks and laughter the most!! I will check in on your Dad often as I promised you I would. God Bless


01/30/2012 -

Paul L

RIP Mark. Thank you for the great music through the years. My year spent in Albuquerque turned me on to many great bands thanks to 94Rock. Riot is one of these bands that I found and I am thankful for that. Keep on rockin' on that great stage in the sky.


01/30/2012 -

Indian Jim San Antonio Texas

My condolences to the Reale family. It was a honor to see Mark Reale fronting Riot numerous times in my life time, a major loss in Rock and Roll. Always A Big Fan. Indian Jim Ytuarte. "Sords And Tequila"


01/31/2012 -

Nozomi

Very sad to hear you're passed away. I was very fortunate to be one of the audience in Tokyo on Riot's first Japan Tour in Dec, 1989. It was definitely one of the best show I have ever seen. Will never forget you, Mark. RIP


01/31/2012 -

Kaleb

I remember listening to "Thundersteel" when I was 10-years-old and being instantaneously blown away. Since then, I've been a dedicated Riot fan and have essentially grown up with their music. I never got the chance to meet Mark, or even see him perform, but he was an inspiration on me, personally, and will be missed more than words can say. Now, I just hope he can find peace in rock 'n' roll heaven with Dimebag, Hendrix, Rhodes, and Bonham. God bless Mark, the Reale family, his bandmates in Riot, and all the fans who made them successful...Shine on, Mark, your music lives on!


01/31/2012 -

Alun Williams

RIP Mark, you were indeed a shining star and certainly an inspiration to many players. Our sincere sympathies to your dear family, Alun and Rhonda Williams. Sterling Heights, MI


01/31/2012 -

Scott Leidecker

I was so sad to hear of Mark's passing. I first heard of him and Riot through Joe Anthony and 99.5 KISS in San Antonio. Was lucky enough to see them on tour with Molly Hatchett and AC/DC at the Convention Center Arena. Still, to this day, the best concert I have been to. Not since have I a seen the entire crowd stand and sing the whole time through all the bands. Afterwards, my friend and I spotted Joe Anthony walking across the street and shouted out to him. We spent about three minutes talking to him about Riot with cars honking and people yelling at us until a cop made us move on through the intersection. My condolences to friends and family. RIP Mark Reale.


01/31/2012 -

Mark Cross

May your soul be at peace, Mark. Your music always spoke to me and gave me joy. I am praying for your family, friends, and band-mates, hoping that your loss in this world will be met with eternal grace. God bless.


01/31/2012 -

Sean Frank

My deepest sympathies and blessings go out to Mark's family and bandmates. You will always remain a guitar legend in the hearts of many fans around the world.Im so glad that I was able to meet you in person in San Antonio in 03. You were a huge inspiration to many guitar players and musicians including myself. RIP Mark you will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of many.


01/31/2012 -

Butch Young

R.I.P Mark!


01/31/2012 -

Chace McNinch

Thank you. Just thank you.


01/31/2012 -

meinolf barthel

thank you mark for all your great music . im my heart you will live forever . shine on


01/31/2012 -

MASAKI MIYAUCHI

R.I.P.Mark You were always my hero,my idol,my god and my brother. I’ll never forget your music,your smile and your immortal soul. Thank you. Shine on!

01/31/2012 -

venompendragon

You changed my life... You will be sadly missed.. My heart goes out to your family.. Rest in peace my friend,,

01/31/2012 -

Tommy Falanga

Mark, Thank you for the years of musical influence & inspration. You, Guy and the rest of the guys on the first RIOT Album inspired 5 kids from Park Slope, Brooklyn to form "Overdrive" and have endless hours of fun. RIOT showed that 5 guys from BROOKLYN can hold their own with Kiss, Aerosmith & Ted Nugent. The first 3 albums are perfect examples of Pure Hard Rock Music! 17 or some albums later, RIOT is still rockin' and takin' names. GOD BLESS YOU MARK, RIP IN R&R HEAVEN ! Attention Rick Ventura: Please contact me if you are planning a Brooklyn/NYC area TRIBUTE! tommy58v@yahoo.com

01/31/2012 -

Johnny Saucedo

Mark I had the pleasure of meeting you and talking to you many times in San Antonio in the 1980's and 90's. That was when the music scene in San Antonio was great and Riot was a big part of that, I was in a band Overload and Emerald and you always had time to talk to all of us. GOD Bless you My Friend and I know you just got another gig to play upstairs for our LORD. We'll see you again My Brother

01/31/2012 -

Danny

RIP Mark. Thank you for all you gave to the world of music. I remember seeing Narita play at the Texas Rock Fest back in the 80's at Reunion Arena and actually owning one of the shirts. You are an incredible talent and Influence on us all... You will severely be missed...


01/31/2012 -

Yosi

For the first,i want to express my true condolences to Mark's family,band mates an friends,and i give you Mark my biggest thank you for everything,for meet you,and for your music,still sounds at my home,God blees you,Dear Mark...


01/31/2012 -

Yvonne Bogdanowicz

Sincere condolences to all of Marks family. I've Followed Mark in his wonderful career for a long, long, time!"A huge loss to a huge talent"....will be very sadly missed!! RIP Mark! Yvonnex (UK)


01/31/2012 -

Kaz

Mark, thank you for your great music. Thank you for played in Japan so many times. You will be in our hearts forever. RIP


01/31/2012 -

CHRIS SOLIZ

I was kind of hoping to see you play on stage one more time. GOD BLESS! R.I.P


01/31/2012 -

lisa beard

Mark was a great friend for many years. Having met at the Razzle Dazzle club on Austin Hwy in 1980, we became friends who loved heavy metal music. I was known as the girl who loved music and not the musicians, so we got along great. He was always willing to sign autographs for his fans and talk to them, a real person not a rock star. He loved san antonio and spend almost all of his time when he was not in the studio or on the road here. I was raised on a large ranch in the hill country and had all the cool toys, trampoline, horses, motorcycles and just plain fun things to do. I remember the times he and the band, or other musician friends would come out to have fun in the country and escape the pressures of rock world if even for a little while, seeing them jump on the tramp and ride horses was a sight. My family had a standing rule "no drugs, alcohol or groupies" and they had a place to relax. For many years while on the road they tried to make sure they had a down day in san antonio. After born in america album, mark moved into our home while he was working on his next project, narita. My funniest memories are of him on the sofa, guitar in hand writing songs on his tablet and watching game shows with my mother. who would think the rock guitar god was sitting watching game shows... He was a maniac runner and treasured his state of texas flag running shorts, every day a run in the texas heat then back to song writing. We had a old dairy barn and the guys would crank up the amps and blast tunes for the upcoming album,we had fun until we painted the floor of the barn red, while painting the cabinets for narita and got in trouble with my family. mark was always the jokester, would make you laugh until you cried stop.he would sit and play guitar all day, one riff after another.He was never the rock star to me just a friend that introduced me to the life of a musician as a person. I was excited to hear of the new album just released and knew he was always making music it was truly his life love. Your dedication to the rock world will be missed. SHINE ON MARK and rest in peace.


01/31/2012 -

Antonio Alarcon

Thank you so much for the inspiration! You'll forever shine on in the hearts of those you've touched. Rest in peace.
Tony


01/31/2012 -

Jack Orbin

Mark, THANKS for all the memories, great shows and great music all these years. Looking back...Black Sabbath dates, AC/DC dates, Rainbow, even a KISS date. Glad I got to know you. Rock on!


01/31/2012 -

Caroll Powers Ramirez

Sad but true........You left us here on earth but the show must go on...ROCK THOSE PEARLY GATES!!


01/31/2012 -

mark genoch

RIP Mark, thank you for the awesome tunes!


01/31/2012 -

Dave Wygand

I grew up on your music and will never forget it. Sad to lose a good guy like you, but start rockin' Heaven now Mark. We'll all see you again... Condolences to all who knew him.


01/31/2012 -

Ron Bayer

My condolences go out to all his family long live rock and roll


01/31/2012 -

Butch Baird

May you rest in peace, and may God comfort everyone that knew you, and loved you!


01/31/2012 -

eddie v.

mark i never got the chance to meet you but i noticed how true to your fans you were and that in itself makes me very honored and proud to know you and your music will always have a special place in my heart and memory which will always remain.


01/31/2012 -

Lee Drage

Mark, you left us before your time! But you've left us with 35 years of music and touched hearts! May you Rest in Peace Mark, and may you forever... "Shine on, Warrior!" \m/\m/


01/31/2012 -

Lee Drage

Mark, you left us before your time! But you've left us with 35 years of music and touched hearts! May you Rest in Peace Mark, and may you forever... "Shine on, Warrior!" \m/\m/


01/31/2012 -

T-Bone

My first memories of Mark Reale and Riot start with San Antonio’s KMAC/KISS radio DJ’s Joe Anthony & Lou Roney playing songs from that debut album like Rock City , Tokyo Rose & Overdrive. A few years later I would be working with those guys on KISS where I premiered to San Antonio Riots second album Narita. I witnessed Riot headlining shows with Budgie at the Texas Theater and opening for any number of bands in the Hemisfair Arena. There were times I would run into Mark or I’d get a call from the record company to do an interview to help promote the band’s latest release. At some point I started getting calls from listeners informing me that Mark was living here. I’ll never forget in the early 1980’s on my first trip to New York City I just happened to look up at a tall building and there up in a Manhattan office window in was Tior Riot’s woolly monster peering back at me. To this day I still feel I was meant to see that, but I’m not sure why. Unfortunately like others before him Mark has left the band, but his spirit will always reside in Rock City. Tom ‘T-Bone’ Scheppke (KISS/KZEP/X1067)


02/01/2012 -

David110869

Rest In Peace, Mark. You was a great guitarist ans I miss you.


02/01/2012 -

chuck

R.I.P my friend your legacy will live forever.


02/01/2012 -

K.D.de Vries

my deep condolences with this loss...also the music world lost a great person and guitarplayer... KD


02/01/2012 -

Junko & Yumiko

Mark, you are in our heart forever. We never forget your warm and gentle smiles. Thank you for a lot of great performances.
Shine on, mark!


02/01/2012 -

Vinny Bellisario

Mark,We Love You Brother...You Are A Real Rebel......Peace


02/01/2012 -

Arleen Ann Uresti

My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mark Reale,s family.I was inspired by the heavy metal music of RIOT a true legend in himself.I will never forget his music it will always live forever in my heart.Mark is rock,n with the Angels in Heaven Rock on in Overdrive!Rest in Peace Mark you will be greatly missed


02/02/2012 -

CARL ANDERSON

rest in peace,mark. i will always remember the great riot shows and when you guest played with san antonio slayer back in the 80's. love, carl


02/02/2012 -

Mauro Anselmo

God bless Mark


02/02/2012 -

Mie

You are my idol forever. AS you always love Japan,Japanese fans will always love you. I will never forget you and many songs you wrote! I miss you...


02/03/2012 -

Pauline

I love you forever Mark, from this world until the next.


02/04/2012 -

Nathan Noah

Mark, although I did not know you, I feel as though I did and it hurts because I feel like I've lost a friend. Your incredible music has been a constant companion to me throughout the best and worst of times. As I mourn your untimely passing, your music will be a great source of strength and healing. It will be uplifting to us all even though we have heavy hearts. Thank you for your incredible contribution to my life. Thank you for remaining steadfast in flying the metal flag. You were truly an artist of the highest order and a first class soldier for this music that means so much to us all. I can never thank you enough, but I will always be grateful and think of you as if you were still here because your legacy will live on forever. So long, brother.


02/05/2012 -

Frank Engstler

Dankeschön for the Music. I hope you see in Angel Eyes. Rest in Peace.


02/05/2012 -

Michal Malek

 We will miss you here in Slovakia.


02/06/2012 -

reo From Japan

Thank you Mark Please sleep peacefullyThere is not you and is very lonely Thank you for much splendid music and performances I love this work hearing ImmotalSoul I wanted to listen to it raw if possible Your melody is eternity I love it


02/06/2012 -

Ricardo

Great fan of Riot and Mark Reale, he is one of my inspirations to play the guitar and his death make me very sad, im very sorry for all the family and friends. Long live to Mark¡¡¡


02/06/2012 -

Matthias Hübner

Thundersteel hat es 1988 bis hinter den "Eisernen Vorhang" geschafft. Ich bin mit Deiner Musik erwachsen geworden. Thank you, Mark, Farewell!


02/06/2012 -

The Trooper

R.I.P. Mark you were one of the greatest of all time. You will be missed forever. May you rock the gates of heaven brother peace.


02/09/2012 -

Jim Geiger

Mark, you will forever be missed. You were my favorite musician and your music will always be an inspiration to me. Your suffering is over now,and i know you are gone, but your music will always keep you alive in all of our minds and hearts. May you rest in peace. God bless, and shine on! Jim Geiger, Amsterdam, NY


02/12/2012 -

Amélie

Mark, tu nous transportais à tous coups. Nous dévoilant le meilleur côté de l'Univers du Métal. Épatant enivrant, varié et sensationnel. À chaque écoute ta guitare me paraissait d'un instrument magique, mais c'était ta personnalité et ton talent, qui nous gratifiaient de ton oeuvre éblouissante. Je ne t'oublierai jamais. Je souhaites la quiétude à tes proches. Que ton âme demeure en paix.


02/12/2012 -

Joe A

Mark and his music were a great influence on me while growing up, and I was lucky enough to see him live many times in the NY area over the years. Now being in my late 40's I am very saddened to have heard this news. May peace be with his family and may his music and memories live on forever. Shine on..


02/13/2012 -

Tatsuya Suzuki

deeply sad to hear of passing of my guitar hero with full of the spirit of Rock N Roll. You rocked me, touched my soul, meant a lot to my life and will do. Thank you for giving us emotion. RIP Reale, From Japan


02/13/2012 -

Tatsuya Suzuki

deeply sad to hear of passing of my guitar hero with full of the spirit of Rock N Roll. You rocked me, touched my soul, meant a lot to my life and will do. Thank you for giving us emotion. RIP Mark, From Japan


02/14/2012 -

Richie Lovato

I will always remember playing his music on guitar and when seeing him perform was the exact same as I wanted to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


02/15/2012 -

Stony and Letty Grantham

We love RIOT! We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for the family.


02/16/2012 -

Robert W. Garven Jr.

A great talent that will be missed.


02/17/2012 -

Stephen Randall

God bless you Mark. You will forever be remembered. Thank you for the most awesome music ever!


02/17/2012 -

Wes Bowers

I love Riot, and have also fought a lifelong battle with Crohn's Disease. I am deeply saddened by the news of Mark's passing. He was one of my favorite guitar players and was truly underrated.


02/25/2012 -

Howard J. Eltringham

Condolences to the Reale Family and Friends. I saw Mark with Riot many years ago - late 70's - in New Braunsfels of I-35 thanks to my Uncle Lou Roney Kiss/Kmac. I have been a fan ever since. I ran into Mark many times at the Razzle Dazzle and Abbey Road in those early years (I still have your autograph from those times long ago). I was also fortunate to have Mark stop by and show us some riffs from the then upcoming album "Fire Down Under". Rest in Peace Mark - You are Sadly Missed.


04/16/2012 -

Steve Cancino

God Bless Mark! Your music played a big part in my and so many others lives! Rest in peace Brother!


05/06/2012 -

Shadiq

i discovered the music and talents of Riot and Mark Reale rather late...though i;ve heard of them but never heard their music. i became an instant fan right after hearing the "Hot For Love" first riot song i've heard. the after hearing many great tunes from their various catalog ..the more i heard the i am moved and came to apreciate his music. Mark is a true metal legend and the music of Riot will always be a part of my life. R.i.p my rock n roll brother.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was just informed of the news of the passing of Mark Reale,today. My own personal views, Riot and Mark are one of my earliest ventures into hard rock and heavy metal. He and his band are one of my all time great influences of my life. Fire Down Under,Riot Live (EP) Narita, Thundersteele. Lets not forget one of the longest lasting and enduring logo's in all of rock music, (The Seal.)
To Mark Reale. Thank You. You are an influence and role model. To his family and friends, you have nothing to be ashamed about. His music and talent will be remembered through his music.

Thank You.
Jason D. Reese
Batavia, Ny

Anonymous said...

Can't believe this sad news, or how long it's taken to find out. I first saw RIOT open for AC/DC On the HTH tour, the next year one from our bunch of a band i worked with at the time met Mark at the Razzle Dazzle club and invited him over to our rehearsal space to jam a bit And to our surprise he showed up! He jammed a few times, told us tales of the road, and wowed us all with what he could do on his candy apple red Strat. I gave him a ride home that night, and was so impressed by what a truly nice guy he was. Very quiet and soft spoken, he let his guitar do most of the talking. We met again several years and tours later, and I was priveleged to photograph the band and do a small write up about them. Mark hadn't changed at all, his perseverance and dedication to keep RIOT going through some lean times had a lot to do with the loyalty and dedication of his fans, (I met people who had flown in from Tokyo to attend a biker concert in a field in Poteet once that RIOT headlined) especially his Texas fans was very much appreciated by Mark and the many musicians who played with him through the years.

Also, the quality inherent in the body of work that Mark produced in his life will stand the test of time, and all of us who loved him and his music will continue to enlighten others, young and old, to the beautiful music that came from the soul of this amazing and brilliant musician.

Rest in Peace Mark, we will never forget you.

FPST


~

Frederick Troell,

Austin, Texas

Anonymous said...

I heard of Mark passing later than I should have and I regret it terribly. From the first time hearing "Maryanne", to my 100th time covering "Out Law" in my bar band, the excitement and adrenaline never ceased. It was always RIOT. It Was always Mark and that unbridled tone monster of a guitar that kept me coming back for more.
A talented man and a Modern poet for all who who dare to step out of the box for a few minutes and listen. For those who did, Mark will always be in our hearts and on our playlists. It is a legacy few men could really earn. Mark showed us how to earn fan loyalty, and he always stayed true.

Scott McCracken
Western North Carolina

Skid said...

Can't believe it's already been a year since Mark's passing. Shine On Brother! I'm spending the day & weekend listening to every RIOT CD with some Westworld thrown in. Truly one of the greats of Metal, your rock will roll on forever! Mark jammin' with Guy & Rhett I imagine has been glorious!

Anonymous said...

A great loss Thank you for the gift of your music Paul Hann

Gašper Fatur said...

Sincere condolences to the Reale family and friends. The most underrated guitarist/songwriter is gone but his music will live eternaly. Shine on Metal warrior!

Anonymous said...

oh! migthy warrior in my heart you live for ever and ever you are my inpiration Mark immortal now play to God...your fan Dario d Armenia from Argentina

Philippe Poustis said...

Rest in peace Mark, guitar player and songwriter of one of the best rock'n'roll bands of Brooklyn, NY.

Fire Down Under is of the greatest albums in rock history!

A great loss

Philippe Poustis

Paris, France

Anonymous said...

Just ran across this site and took a trip down memory lane, with many fond memories. I first met the guys in RIOT when they were very young, 1979is when Lou Roney gave me one of their original promo albums. Mr. Roney was a client of my Dads (accounting) so I used to get a lot of free tickets to the shows back in the day. I met the guys over at the Villa Italian restaurant with Joe Anthony, Lou and the rest. later, I lived in Universal City, TX while going to school and running a Bowling Alley there (Summit/Billy Dans) and I used to Run with Mark up and down Pat Booker rd. and jam out. We didn't say much until we finished, mainly small talk, he told me his girlfriend lived in the neigborhood behind my apartment complex (Kitty Hawk Apts.)... He got a big laught when I told him to come on by, I was in Apt. 2112..... At any rate, during that time (1982) I had gotten some tickets on the front row to see Rainbow, Riot & Saxon and my seat got bumped by an MTV camera. I almost got into a fight with an usher who was trying to get me to move, and we ended up backstage arguing. Mark saved my life just as the cops were arriving to throw me out, saying "Hey I know this guy he's OK!".... Then he got one of the Stone City people to sort things out, and I ended up partying with Rainbow backstage, of course meeting Blackmore and then partying with everyone afterward.

What an unforgettable night that was!

I attended Mark's funeral at St. Mark's (it is mere blocks from where I live) and expressed my condolences to Mark's dad, who was just heartbroken. Rest in Peace, Mark I thoroughly enjoyed our jogs and conversations we had during that brief, wild time in my life......

Miles

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