DON VAN STAVERN (RIOT V): “I’m Proud That We Continue On, In MARK [REALE] And The Legacy’s Honor”

RIOT 2023 band photo.
Image by Randy Caballero, Doug Julien and Anthony Lopardo.

The band Riot made their name in the 70s with the classic hit “Road Racin’”, and since had a reunion in 2003. However, with the passing of founding guitarist Mark Reale in 2011, the band vowed to carry on in the form of Riot V.

With guitarist Mike Flyntz and bassist Don Van Stavern, both Riot members since the 80s, continuing the music that fans worldwide still were craving, Riot V has since released three successful albums, and is now set to release their fourth album titled Mean Streets due out April 12th, 2024 on Atomic Fire records.

Our guest is bass player Don Van Stavern, here to talk about the new album, their latest video “Feel The Fire”, and a lot more.


  • Todd Michael Hall – vocals
  • Mike Flyntz – guitars
  • Nick Lee – guitars
  • Don Van Stavern – bass
  • Frank Gilchriest – drums

Check out the newest video off of the upcoming Riot V album Mean Streets!


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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