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From my press release email:

RIOT Guitarist Hospitalized Due To Complications Of Crohn’s Disease

Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to a San
Antonio hospital in critical condition due to complications of Crohn’s
disease. Subsequently, there is a possibility that he may not appear
in the band’s upcoming performances in the Northeast and aboard the
70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise to Grand Cayman.

Mark has been battling Crohn’s for most of his life, working and
performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of
treatment for his illness. He was in Texas bravely attempting to
practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn’s
symptoms leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed
facility.

The band has agreed that the performances will take place as scheduled
with the possibility that Mark may not be well enough in time to
appear. Riot would also like to acknowledge that Mark has been
struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of their new
album, Immortal Soul, and that guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major
portion of the guitars on the album with Mark’s creative direction
while he was unable to perform.

For this reason, fans can be assured that the show will be as exciting
as anything Riot has ever staged, even if Mike needs to hold down
double guitar duty. Mark will be sorely missed in this event, but the
shows will go on.

We ask fans and friends of the band to pray for Mark’s speedy
recovery, and to support the band in our efforts to bring you the Riot
reunion shows that have been so long in the making. While Mark’s
family insists on privacy during this difficult time, your prayers and
good wishes will make it to his bedside until he is able to return to
the stage.

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