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RIOT Documentary Part 1, Streaming Video, Watch Online Now

Riot Documentary Part 1-Streaming Video, Watch Online Now
'Fight or Fall' is a multi part documentary, it tells the complex tale of the Riot story and follows Riot V as they tour, the USA, Canada with festivals Japan and Europe.
Part 1 is streaming for  NOW, Wednesday June 7, 2017 (Mark Reale's Birthday) UK TIME on The Metal Voice Youtube Channel (  and Facebook Page (
Riot Thundersteel 30 year Anniversary NEWS '2018- Interview with Donnie Van Stavern
Part 1 covers the formation of Riot, 'Rock City', 'Narita' eras and the demise and resurrection of the band for their most popular album 'Fire down under Album'
The first installment also covers  Riot V on tour on their US dates and their trek into Chicago and Detroit.
Press Release @
A film by Jimmy Kay,  produced by Jimmy Kay and Giles Lavery for The Metal Voice
Guests included  in Part 1
Steve 'Lips' Kudrow- Anvil
Martin Popoff- Rock Author
Anthony Reale- Mark Reale's Father
Brian Thomas -Halloween
Mike Flyntz- Riot V and Riot guitarist
Donnie Van Stavern- Riot V and Riot Bassist
Frank Gilchriest- Riot V and Riot Drummer
Todd Michael Hall- Riot V Vocalist
Nick Lee-Guitar- Riot V
Lou A Kouvaris- Riot Guitarist (1976-1978)
Rick Ventura- Riot Guitarist (1978-1983)
Phil Feit- Riot Bassist (1974-1976) (1979-1980), Billy Idol, Joan Jett
Peter Bitelli- Riot Drums (1972-1980)
Filmmaker Jimmy Kay had this to say about the project," In this documentary, the viewer gets to watch  the band travel in the first person from city to city, playing club and  festivals shows. It  captures the brotherhood, the continuation of Riot  and  bridges the two entities together (Riot and Riot V). The documentary also aims to explain the Riot  story and legacy. "
Giles Lavery co-producer concluded,"The story of Riot is one of the most unique and inspiring in the history of hard rock and heavy metal, the story has many twists and turns along the way, but the songs were and are always at forefront as some of the best in hard rock and heavy metal."
RIOT V's  debut "Unleash The Fire", was released in October 2014 . The CD marked the first release from RIOT without the late, great founding guitarist Mark Reale, who passed away in  2012 due to complications of Crohn's disease . Riot V was encouraged  by father of  Mark  Reale to forge ahead in his honor.
RIOT V is working on the follow-up to "Unleash The Fire" and preparing for live dates later in 2017.

Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Saga of the Superlative MAX WEBSTER

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Saga of the Superlative Max Webster

Guys, a few opening words. Whatcha get is 260 pages and over 100,000 words-plus loads of pictures... live, studio, ads, memorabilia, sleeves-on a band you may not know and love... yet! They only made five studio albums and a live album, all between 1976 and 1980, but they are indeed, my #1 top fave rave rock 'n' roll unit of all time.
You've heard me say that in radio interviews over the year and  you've seen it in print. Sure, occasionally I tucked a few together, including ZZ Top, Deep Purple, BOC, Gillan... but Max Webster is always in that list of five and depending on the day, get the most props.
For those soon to see the light... best description I can give is 92% Blue Oyster Cult crossed with Cheap Trick, topped by 4% Kansas and another 4% Zappa.

 So... you wanna learn something, step up. It's a short print run, a financial risk, all of that, but it's Canuck history and I'm proud to tell it, along with the blessings of the guys in the band. So yeah, back cover sez...

Dubious, unlikely, improbable...
...but indeed verifiable and certifiable! The book now buzzing in your privileged hands is in fact the story of the finest rock 'n' roll band that ever was. Zeppelin, The Beatles, U2, Springsteen, Queen, King's X... none can hold an expiring lighter to the conflagration that was the near mythical Max Webster.
Consume these pages, and you will learn the secrets'often in the impenetrable code of the band's top-shelf wordsmith Pye Dubois'of the wily Canuck wizards who made the above boast sing with unassailable truth.
Toronto Tontos
, Hangover, High Class In Borrowed Shoes, America's Veins, Oh War!, Beyond The Moon, Lip Service, Charmonium, Paradise Skies, A Million Vacations, In The World Of Giants, Battle Scar... these are towering anthems from the band's tight catalogue of five classics spanning the years 1976 to 1980. And so the time has come to re-celebrate and re-calibrate their majesty, along with dozens of other Kim Mitchell classics stuck in cult status... until now?!
About the Author
Martin Popoff has penned 47 books on hard rock, heavy metal and record collecting, including two on Max Webster's good buddies Rush. He was Editor In Chief of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada's foremost metal publication (now for 14 years, and has also contributed to Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine and Record Collector. Martin is currently consultant on the Banger Films series Rock Icons, having also worked on the company's award-winning documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage and on Metal Evolution, an 11 episode documentary series for VH1 Classic. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through
Prices for Live Magnetic Air including shipping:
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Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds
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Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
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P.O. Box
65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2
Email me at with any further questions, and see for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, the Max Webster won't be there for another week or so, BUT YES, THEY ARE IN MY OFFICE READY TO SHIP).

See for info on my 45 books.
Newest are:
Smokin' Valves: A Headbanger's Guide to 900 NWOBHM Records
2 Minutes To Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-By-Day
Scorpions: Top Of The Bill

Martin Popoff, PO Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4K 2Z2


Wednesday, July 2, 2014
In this ultimate guide, acclaimed heavy-metal journalist Martin Popoff examines hair metal in an all-encompassing oral history jacked up by a kaleidoscope of outrageous and previously unpublished quotes, anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia. The Big Book of Hair Metal features the observations of dozens of musicians, producers, promoters, label execs, and hanger-ons in examining hair metal's rise and fall as well as all the bands that kept Aqua Net in business through the Reagan recession: Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, Ratt, Warrant, Great White, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Vixen, Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Guns N' Roses, and dozens more. In crafting a narrative of hair metal, Popoff also examines the factors that contributed to the movement's rise, the bands that inspired it (the Sweet, New York Dolls, Alice Cooper, and KISS, for a start); and the scenes that nurtured it (the Sunset Strip, anyone?). The ride finally ended circa 1991, when hair metal was replaced by grunge, but what a ride it was.
ISBN: 9780760345467
224 pages, 528 color & 52 b/w photos
Hard Cover/Laminated
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