RIOT ACT AND KAINE TOUR – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Tour Trailer

How did this tour come about? Well, I was contacted by Giles Lavery (GLM-Artists (Artist Management)/Global Rock Records) not long before our tour with Chirs Holmes earlier this year and asked if we would be interested in putting on some dates with Riot Act, ahead of their visit to British Steel Festival in France in October, where they would be playing the classic Riot album Fire Down Under in full. We met Riot Act last year when we both supported Lillian Axe on their UK tour last year, and they were both brilliant guys and a fantastic live band Fire Down Under is a favourite album of mine, so it was a no-brainer for me!

So, what was the logic behind the venue choices? We are an East Anglian band, and our network of venues and audience is based in and around these areas. These are all venues I know and trust, and venues I knew we could sell tickets at. The worst thing for a band coming from abroad is to come to the UK and play to small crowds in venues that aren’t suitable. If we travelled further afield to say the midlands, northeast, and northwest there would be a greater risk of lower attendance due to our draw being a lot lower in those places, and lacking the network and contacts in those areas to promote those shows well. If we had gone to Scotland and Wales, there would have been similar issues. We also had to keep travel costs down, travel times reasonable, and enable an easy trip to France for Riot Act. We’ve played it safe, and so far the decision has proven to be the right one, despite a few cheap digs at us online from other promoters!

So, for those who do not know, who are Riot Act and why do you need to see them live?

Riot Act was formed by former Riot members Rick Ventura and Lou Kouvaris alongside vocalist Don Chaffin, born in Long Island New York, Don has toured the U.S.A. opening for Godsmack, Foreigner, Disturbed, Alice in Chains, Powerman 5000, Dr. John, Steve Howe of Yes, Robbie Krieger of The Doors, Vanilla Fudge and more. Don is the Lead Vocalist for the new band RED LAMB which features Dan Spitz (Anthrax ) and is co-produced by Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) Don is also the Lead Vocalist for Voices of Extreme (formally co-managed by Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden). Since 1995, Don has worked hand in hand as co-writer and co-producer with the legendary team of Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz from the Kasenetz and Katz Allstars. Don is currently the new Lead Vocalist for the project featuring RAM JAM. In addition, Don has performed countless appearances with projects such as O2 / LUB / John Macaluso Union Radio / Empyreon / and many more. Expanding his palette of well-known music Icons, Don has also worked with Jim Bralower and Ace Frehley of Kiss.

On bass is Paul Ranieri, born in Flushing NY has been playing professionally since he was 18 Known for his slapping technique and melodic style on Bass, his musicality has propelled him to the forefront with professional bass players across the country and internationally. He has played and recorded with dozens of artists, recently Mondo Electro, Stratopheerius, and Emmy Award-winning Electric Violinist Mark Wood and is also a Band leader, Clinician, Teacher, and Music Director . On drums is Claudio Galinski was part of the Argentinian Heavy Metal scene in the 80’s with his Thrash Metal Band ULTRAJE, sharing stages with such bands as Hermetica, Horcas, Lethal and Others. He moved to New York City in the 90s and immediately started playing with bands from the area, local gigs, studio work, and touring for several years. Claudio teamed up and joined forces with RIOT ACT to bring a solid heartbeat back to the life of classic songs with a new and fresh exciting approach. He endorses and plays instruments from such companies as Istambul Mehmet Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, ProMark Drumsticks, Gretsch Drums, Axis Pedals and Hardware, Phoenix Drum Co. snares, Gig Gloves, Shure in ears and mics. Claudio attends and performs yearly at the NAMM Show in Anaheim CA. Lou Kouvaris sadly passed away in 2020.

Rick Ventura was born in Brooklyn, NY. Along with Mark Reale, he comprised the guitar-driven, high-energy sound of Riot. Rick picked up the guitar at 16 listening to bands like Cream, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple. His first guitar was a Univox Mosrite copy which he eventually smashed. “He then got his first real guitar, a white Fender Stratocaster after seeing clips of Jimi Hendrix. He went on to play and contribute songs on four studio albums and two live albums including the legendary Fire Down Under, touring the world with the likes of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Rush, and so on. His guitar of choice is a vintage Les Paul which he calls “a mystery guitar” along with Telecasters and Stratocasters. Rick Ventura was a member of the classic Riot line-up that recorded the legendary albums Narita (1979), Fire Down Under (1981), Restless Breed (1982), and Born In America (1983). He also appeared on the Riot Live (1989) live album. Fire Down Under is considered the ultimate Riot album, having made the Billboard 200 on its original release.

Riot Act released their debut double album Closer to the Flame (Global Rock Records) in 2022 which features both original material and re-recordings of Riot classics.

As you will have read, this is a band of some pedigree and this will be a rare opportunity for classic Rock/Metal fans to see Rick perform the FIRE DOWN UNDER album in full, as well as all the other legendary Riot tunes from the 1980s. Having toured with them last year, I can confirm that they are an amazing live band, performing both their songs and those Rick did with Riot. To have these guys come from New York to these intimate, local venues is a real honour and I look forward to sharing the stage with them each night.

We’ve deliberately picked venues and areas which are easily reachable for the majority of people who regularly support our gigs, and priced the tickets at just £8 to make the events as affordable as possible. I have booked the venues, paid for the hire, promotion, and will be managing the tour overall to the best of my ability. This is something new for me, and I have had to use my experience from what I have organised with Kaine over the years to ensure it works as best as it can, as I said it is a privilege for someone like myself to have this opportunity and I am looking forward to kicking things off in Ipswich on Saturday!

You can still buy advanced e-tickets for the following dates/venues:

YET MORE TOUR PROMOTION WORK AHEAD OF REHEARSALS TODAY – TOUR BEGINS NEXT WEEK!!

We’re heading up to Cambridge with Rachel W. Photography again today to take some more promotional pictures to help promote the tour. We have already taken photos in Ipswich, Norwich, and Colchester (previously).

Our tour with Riot Act kicks off next week. There are still tickets available and we hope you are able to attend one of the following dates:

After the pictures are taken it is straight to Colchester for rehearsals, and this will be our last session ahead of the tour itself.

TOUR KICKS OFF IN 2 WEEKS! TOUR REHEARSALS AT UNIT ONE TODAY

Our tour with Riot Act kicks off in just two weeks time. Riot Act will be heading over to England for a short run of dates ahead of their festival appearance at British Steel in France. They will be playing the entirety of Riot’s Fire Down Under album. You can still grab tickets for the tour from here.

We will be ensuring we are in the best playing shape possible and working hard at Unit One Studios today on our tour set. We took a break from rehearsals last week to take the above photographs with Rachel W Photography. These were taken to help further promote the tour dates.

BACK TO REHEARSAL TODAY – FIRE DOWN UNDER TOUR STARTS THIS MONTH!

After yesterday’s Mearfest appearance at The Queens Hall, Nuneaton, we are back to rehearsal today. The focus today will be preparation for the forthcoming tour with Riot Act. Riot Act will be playing the entirety of the legendary Riot album Fire Down Under on this tour, and we’re really looking forward to hitting the road with them later this month. We are aiming to be in top playing condition for these shows!

Mearfest went well for us also, many thanks to Stevo for jumping on and filling in for Isaac yesterday. We think we got away with it! This was Stevo’s first appearance with the band for 5 years, and he had never played any of these songs live with us before, so we are thankful for his efforts to learn the music and help us out with this one.

TOUR AND MEARFEST PREP CONTINUES TODAY AT UNIT ONE

We are back in Unit One today to prepare for the forthcoming shows at Mearfest and our tour coming up with Riot Act. We have been working hard t be in top playing shape for these shows and the hard work continues today.

You can catch us at:

*Fire Down Under Tour with Riot Act

REHEARSALS TODAY – PREP FOR MEARFEST FLAME & FIRE DOWN UNDER TOUR

Last weeks rehearsal sessions.

Today we are having our second rehearsal following our successful tour with Chris Holmes. Last week (as seen above) we focused on rehearsing the songs we didn’t do on the tour and writing new material for a future release.

Today we head back into Unit One again for more rehearsals, we’ll be working on our set for Mearfest Flame in Nuneaton in September, and then our second tour of 2023 with Riot Act, who will be playing the entire Riot classic album Fire Down Under in full during the tour.

Tickets fore the Fire Down Under Tour are already selling well, with London already 20% sold months in advance of the show. If you wish to attend these shows, we advise you to book well in advance from here. Our last show at Three Wise Monkeys for example sold out in advance, and there were people who could not get into the venue on the night.

KAINE TO SUPPORT RIOT ACT FIRE DOWN UNDER 2023 TOUR IN ENGLAND

Kaine are pleased to announce their second tour of 2023, having recently returned from supporting W.A.S.P guitar legend Chris Holmes and his Mean Man band on his 65 Tour of the UK just this week.

Riot guitar legend Rick Ventura will be bringing his band Riot Act back to England for a short run of shows to warm up for British Steel Festival in France on October 7th. Riot Act will be playing the critically acclaimed classic Riot album FIRE DOWN UNDER in full and other classic Riot tunes.

Kaine will be joining them as the main support throughout the tour, having met the band on their previous UK Tour where they both toured alongside Lillian Axe.

Tickets will be available from the venue’s box offices and are on sale now from www.firedownundertour.co.uk – all tickets will be £8 in advance and £10 on the door. These are very limited, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • 30th of September 2023: The Music Room, Ipswich (ENG)
  • 1st of October 2023: Waterfront, Norwich (ENG)
  • 3rd of October 2023: Portland Arms, Cambridge (ENG)
  • 4th of October 2023: Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester (ENG)
  • 5th of October 2023: The Birthplace of Iron Maiden – The Cart & Horses, London (ENG)
  • 7th of October 2023: British Steel Festival, Fismes, France (EU)

Rick Ventura was a member of the classic Riot line-up that recorded the legendary albums Narita (1979), Fire Down Under (1981), Restless Breed (1982), and Born In America (1983). He also appeared on the Riot Live (1989) live album. Fire Down Under is considered the ultimate Riot album, having made the Billboard 200 on its original release. 

Riot Act released their debut double album Closer to the Flame (Global Rock Records) in 2022 which features both original material and re-recordings of Riot classics. The band then joined Lillian Axe on their U.K Tour in 2022 to promote the album, alongside the English Heavy Metal band Kaine. 

This will be a rare opportunity for classic Rock/Metal fans to see Rick perform the FIRE DOWN UNDER album in full and all the other legendary Riot tunes from the 1980s. 

Riot Act: https://open.spotify.com/album/7wGAdkFVNndoFBEnmXjykD?si=Z_O3QAfAQBCnp3Vq8H7gzg

Fire Down Under: https://open.spotify.com/album/5yygmFcqz4aOo36rLXyNXO?si=SEGHlVVeQxC6nQkb4ztvBw