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Live In America: The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol. 3 1981-1988

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Live In America: The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol. 3 1981-1988
Live In America: The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol. 3 1981-1988


In some respects, Riot's story is one of what might have been, and to some degree, a band not quite at the right place at the right time. What this 6 CD collection of live recordings and demos does offer is a unique and raw insight into this influential and cult hard rock and heavy metal band, as they cemented their reputation as a live draw across America in the 1980s. Riot formed in 1975, in New York City, when Kon-Tiki guitarist Mark Reale and drummer Peter Bitelli teamed up with bassist Phil Feit and vocalist Guy Speranza. Recording a four-track demo, they added Steve Costello on keyboards, and subsequently picked up by New York producers Billy Arnell and Steve Loeb, who owned the independent label Fire-Sign Records. Adding second guitarist Louie Kouvaris, whilst replacing Feit with Jimmy Iommi on bass, they released their debut "Rock City" in 1977. But by 1979, on the verge of splitting up, they were thrown a lifeline by highly influential New Wave Of British Heavy Metal DJ, Neal Kay, who set about promoting Riot in the UK. Re-engerized, the band issued second LP, "Narita" in 1979, at which point Kouvaris was replaced by their roadie, Rick Ventura. Signing to major label Capitol Records, this led to a UK tour in 1980 supporting Sammy Hagar, and eventually a slot at the legendary inaugral Monsters of Rock heavy metal festival at Castle Donington the same year, on a bill featuring Saxon, Judas Priest, Scorpions and Rainbow. Officially licensed from the archives of the Mark Reale estate, "Live In America: The Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 3 (1981-1988)" kicks off with a show recorded at the legendary Long Island club My Father's Place in Roslyn, NY on 15th September 1981, whilst the band was promoting the Elektra Records release, "Fire Down Under". The album is featured almost in its entirety, including 'Swords And Tequila', 'Feel The Same', 'Outlaw' and the title track. As a bonus, CD1 finishes with rare basement rehearsal tapes of 'Warrior', a cover of Montrose's 'I Got The Fire' and 'We'll Make It'. A little over two years later, Riot found themselves at Wolfgangs in San Francisco, on 27th December 1983, with the band supporting the independently released "Born In America" LP. 'Wings Of Fire', 'Running From The Law', 'Devil Woman' and 'Vigilante Killer', as well as the title track, feature from the new record. Less than a week later Riot could be found playing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA on 2nd January 1984, performing a set that is unsurprisingly very similar to one captured at Wolfgangs on CD2, closing with the classic, 'Altar Of The King'. A five year gap separated the release of 1983's "Born In America" and 1988's "ThunderSteel", during which time they did play at famed Los Angeles club, The Roxy, with a set featuring 'Hard Lovin' Man', 'Outlaw' and the self-explanatory "Heavy Metal Machine'. CD4 finishes with two bonus demo tracks, 'Liar' and 'Warrior'.


  1. Name
  2. Swords And Tequila
  3. Fire Down Under
  4. Feel The Same
  5. Don't Bring Me Down
  6. Don't Hold Back
  7. Overdrive
  8. No Lies
  9. Altar Of The King
  10. Outlaw
  11. Road Racin'
  12. Rock City
  13. Warrior
  14. Warrior (Rehearsal)
  15. I Got The Fire (Rehearsal)
  16. We'll Make It (Rehearsal)
  17. Hard Lovin' Man
  18. Wings Of Fire
  19. Vigilante Killer
  20. You Burn In Me
  21. Gunfighter
  22. Running From The Law
  23. Devil Woman
  24. Born In America
  25. Loan Shark
  26. Sandy Slavin Drum Solo
  27. Loan Shark (Continued)
  28. Mark Reale Solo
  29. Heavy Metal Machine
  30. Swords And Tequila
  31. Warrior
  32. Outlaw
  33. Altar Of The King
  34. Hard Lovin Man
  35. Wings Of Fire
  36. Vigilante Killer
  37. You Burn In Me
  38. Gunfighter
  39. Running From The Law
  40. Devil Woman
  41. Born In America
  42. Loan Shark
  43. Guitar Solo
  44. Swords And Tequila
  45. Warrior
  46. Outlaw
  47. Altar Of The King
  48. Hard Lovin Man
  49. Outlaw
  50. Vigilante Killer
  51. Restless Breed
  52. Born In America
  53. Loanshark
  54. Showdown
  55. Running From The Law
  56. Sign Of The Crimson Storm
  57. Heavy Metal Machine
  58. Guitar Solo
  59. Swords And Tequila
  60. Altar Of The King
  61. Liar (1988 Demo)
  62. Warrior (1988 Demo)
  63.  fight Or Fall
  64. Fire Down Under    
  65. Sign Of The Crimson Storm
  66. On Wings Of Eagles        
  67. Buried Alive           
  68. Flight Of The Warrior    
  69. Outlaw       
  70. Bloodstreets           
  71. Run For Your Life   
  72. Drum Solo
  73. Johnny's Back       
  74. Swords And Tequila      
  75. Thundersteel        
  76. Anna (A Place Called Tomorrow) (Demo)
  77. When The Lights Go Down (Demo)
  78. Buried Alive (Intro) (1987 Demo)
  79. Buried Alive (Intro) Version 2 (1987 Demo)
  80. Faded Hero (Instrumental Demo)
  81. Good Lovin  (Instrumental Demo)
  82. Medicine Man (Instrumental Demo - 2 Versions)
  83. Santa Maria (Instrumental Demo 1994)
  84. Shenandoah (Instrumental Demo 1994)
  85. Cover Me (Instrumental Rough Mix)
  86. Thundersteel Solo (Mark Reale Writing Demo)
  87. Brethren Of The Long House (Mark Reale 4-Track Demo)
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