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New Riot Band Documentary "Immortal Soul" Part 1 Streaming Now, Watch Here


NYC Rocks TV has premiered Chapter 1 of a new documentary film series on RIOT, titled "Immortal Soul: A Riot Tribute & Concert Film Series".


Watch part 1 here

Immortal Soul is a Riot Tribute & Concert Film. This four-part documentary mini-series will explore the history and archives of the different eras of the band Riot, spotlighting specific live performances from each era. Essentially, it will function as a video encyclopedia of the 50 year career of Riot, now Riot V.


Director/Producer Damian Kolodiy


Chapter one focuses on the first era of Riot which started in Brooklyn, NY in 1975 with singer Guy Speranza. By 1980, the band was poised to make it big and toured with many of the heavy hitters of the day. But poor management and bad timing created the perfect storm of missed opportunities for what should have been the east coast's Van Halen. The film also explores the Keep It True traditional heavy metal festival in Germany, where interviews with Riot fans young and old illustrate the passion for the band.


RIOT formed in the mid-1970s in Brooklyn, New York. By 1980, the band was poised to make it big and toured with many of the heavy hitters of the day. But poor management and bad timing created the perfect storm of missed opportunities for what should have been the East Coast's VAN HALEN. The band continued carrying on into the 21st Century in various formations with the only constant being founder and lead guitarist/songwriter Mark Reale. A cult fan following exists today that is extremely passionate about RIOT's musical legacy and believes the band deserves significantly more recognition.


This four-part documentary mini-series will explore the history and archives of the different eras of the band, spotlighting specific live performances from each era. The film centers around the Keep It True festival in Germany, where interviews with RIOT fans young and old illustrate this passion for the band. "Immortal Soul" also features interviews with longtime RIOT members Don Van Stavern and Mike Flyntz, as well as "New York rock" author/historian Steven Blush and Keep It True festival founder Oliver Weinsheimer. The final chapter of the series tells the origin story of the current day formation of the band, RIOT V, and how they are well suited to carry on the musical legacy of Reale for a new generation of fans.


Upcoming chapters:

* "Immortal Soul" chapter 2 "The Crimson Storm" premieres Saturday, January 13 at 2 p.m. New York time


* "Immortal Soul" chapter 3 "Riot Metal" premieres Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m. New York time


* "Immortal Soul" chapter 4 "Shine On" premieres Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m. New York time


* Bonus chapter: "Mark & Guy Writing Jam 1994" (to be determined)


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