Veteran hard rockers RIOT have added more European dates to their current itinerary. The group's schedule is shaping up as follows:
Mar. 17 - Palencia, SPA @ Carabel
Mar. 18 - Bilbao, SPA @ Santana 27
Mar. 19 - Madrid, SPA @ Copernico
Apr. 08 - Lauda – Konigshofen, GER @ Tauber Franken Hall
Apr. 09 - Groningen, NETH @ Vera
Apr. 11 - Verviers, BEL @ Spirit Of 66
Apr. 12 - Weiher, GER @ Music-Hall
Apr. 13 - Sala, SWE @ The Rockland
Apr. 14 - Florence, ITA @ Ministry
Apr. 15 - Thessaloniki, GRE @ Rock Bottom
Apr. 16 - Athens, GRE @ Underwold
RIOT's current touring lineup includes singer Mike Tirelli (MESSIAH'S KISS, HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR), who is filling in for regular vocalist Mike Dimeo due to Dimeo's commitments with THE LIZARDS (also featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT/BLACK SABBATH/RAINBOW fame). The band recently completed work on their follow-up to 2002's "Through the Storm", tentatively due this spring/summer via EMI in Japan. The CD is expected to arrive in other territories a short time later.
In a recent interview with Rock N Roll Universe, Dimeo said about the upcoming CD, "I'm really proud of it. I think it's probably my best performance with the band. The songs are really heavy, really cool. Reale [Mark, guitar] is a tremendous writer, so it's hard to not get great stuff from him. He's such a good writer that no matter what way he does it, his songs usually come out great."