American Metal icons RIOT have been confirmed as special guests on the first leg of Hammerfall’s European tour this winter. The tour kicks off on 26th October in Copenhagen, Denmark, and ends for the five-piece metal machine in Cologne, Germany, on 18th November.

Hammerfall of course famously covered RIOT’s ‘Flight Of The Warrior’ (from the band’s 1988 ‘Thundersteel’ album) on their 2008 album ‘Masterpieces’ and so for both bands the tour is a marriage made in Heaven. Hammerfall’s Joacim Cans commented: “going on tour with Riot is going to be a lot of fun – the band are real legends and have been truly inspirational over the years.”

RIOT’s founder member MARK REALE is equally enthusiastic: “This tour is going to blow a lot of cobwebs away. We’ve been dying to get the band back over the Europe where we’ve always had such a loyal following. This is like a dream come true for all of us, and the timing, with the new album ready to roll, couldn’t be better.”

This will be the first time the legendary ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘The Privilege Of Power’ line-up of TONY MOORE (vocals), MARK REALE (guitar), MIKE FLYNTZ (guitar), DON VAN STAVERN (bass) and BOBBY JARZOMBEK (drums) has played in Europe on a full tour, after the band’s celebrated one-off show at Swedenrock in 2009. 

RIOT are currently finalising their new album, which is planned for release in October. The dates with Hammerfall will therefore also be an opportunity for fans to hear new material from the band’s upcoming – and long-awaited – fourteenth album.


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