Veteran hard rockers RIOT will be performing at next year's Keep It True festival, set to take place April 8, 2006 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. This will be RIOT's first appearance in Germany in over five years and may turn out to be the only show that the band will play in the area in 2006.
RIOT were recently joined for several shows (including a Japanese tour in early September) by singer Mike Tirelli (MESSIAH'S KISS, HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR) after regular vocalist Mike Dimeo was forced to bow out of the dates due to his commitments with THE LIZARDS (also featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT/BLACK SABBATH/RAINBOW fame). The band are currently putting the finishing touches on their follow-up to 2002's "Through the Storm", tentatively due in early 2006 via an as-yet-undisclosed label.
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."