Posted March 2022
I just really love this guy that you're about to hear be interviewed. His name is Rick Ventura, and he is the guitarist for the metal band Riot Act, which, in its previous incarnation was Riot.
We all remember Riot from the late 70s, early 80s. They were highly rated who hit some rough spots in their career. Then they were kind of off our radar for a little while and then they got back together - not as Riot - but as Riot Act. These guys bring the old Riot music back along with some brand-new music.
I got to talk with the band's guitarist Rick Ventura recently. I talked with him twice. In full disclosure here, I had a great talk with him before this call, and, for whatever reason, the recording just wasn't there. It vaporized. But Rick was gracious enough to sit with me again, via Zoom. This just shows what a class act Rick is. I was very fortunate to be able to do that because I know fans will want to hear what he has to say. He brings us up to speed on what all happened with Riot and what brought the guys back together. They hit some more rough spots, but Riot wouldn't be Riot Act if it wasn't for the perseverance of the band.
Riot Act has a new album coming out in April. It's two discs, so you're gonna get a heck of a bargain. But, boy, if you loved Riot in the past, you're gonna love Riot Act now.
I encourage you, if you haven’t already pre-ordered the album, do so. You're going to want to. On this page you'll see at least one video of a song from the new album. It will give you a taste of what you can expect when you pick it up.
After you watch the Boomerocity interview with Rick Ventura, share it with your friends. Then, order your copy by clicking on the album cover on this page. You can follow Riot Act on their website, RiotActBand.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
In addition to the interview video, below, is the press release and official bio that can be found under the video.
The Boomerocity Interview With Rick Ventura
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PRESS RELEASE/ BIO
"Closer To The Flame"
Riot were a successful US metal band from 1976-2012
Mark Reale the founding member passed away in 2012.
The surviving members continue as the band Riot V (spoken as "Riot 5")
Original guitarist Rick Ventura continues with Riot Act.
There is no friction between the two camps, in fact quite the opposite.
This is Riot Act's debut release:
The highly anticipated debut album from Riot Act, the band initially formed by former 'classic era' Riot members Rick Ventura and Lou Kouvaris is titled "Closer To The Flame" which is sure to please fans of the late 70s, early 80's era of Riot as well as fans of Montrose, Rival Sons, The Black Crowes, Tesla and fans of classic hard rock everywhere.
The album will also come with a 12 track bonus CD of classic 1979-1981 Riot tracks recut, these recordings feature the final ever recordings of Lou Kouvaris, who tragically passed away of Covid19 in early 2020.
Riot Act features former Riot guitarist Rick Ventura, Don Chaffin vocals, Paul Ranieri bass and Claudio Galinski drums, Rick Ventura was a member of the original Riot from 1979-1984
"Riot Act’s new album is a culmination of emotions over the past two years. From the excitement of our early rehearsals to the loss of our band mate, struggling through a pandemic and not knowing if we were going to continue, the four of us knew that the band had much to offer. The result of that renewed energy is “Closer To The Flame” and with joining forces with Global Rock Records we are ready for the world to hear this new music we have been working on for so long.
Our very good friends and brothers in in Riot V of course continue their evolution of Riot onward,
While as Riot Act we aim to recapture the early Riot sound of the 1977-1983 band and bringing that into a new era with our new music.
Further illustrating that "Riot members of all eras are family" Riot V guitarist Mike Flyntz is a special guest on the record, laying down a killer solo on the track "49er" a re-recording of the Riot - Narita era classic.
Riot Act will be touring the UK as support to Lillian Axe in the UK throughout August 2022
Riot Act performed at the Heavy Metal Hall Of Fame in 2020
Rick and Lou were inducted as Riot members in 2018
Full details of the debut album "Closer To The Flame" below:
1 Closer To The Flame
3 Straight For Your Heart
4 Smoking Gun
5 Almost There
6 Stand Or Fall
7 Love Come Round
9 Right Between The Eyes
10 Rock Love And Roll
1 Rock City
3 Sword And Tequila
5 No Lies
6 Tokyo Rose
8 Don't Hold Back
9 White Rock
11 Road Racing
12 Altar Of The King