Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon talked to Ex-Riot, Riot Act guitarist Rick Ventura on The Metal Voice on Youtube Live June 13 2020.
Rick Ventura talked about the passing of Lou Kouvaris and the band Riot Act’s intentions to move forward. As well he talked about the early Riot days of opening for AC/DC on Highway to Hell Tour, Rush during Moving Pictures and Black Sabbath on the Heaven and Hell tour with Dio.
Riot Act just released an E.P. of rerecording of the bands early material featuring the late Lou Kouvaris.
When asked about the Riot Act’s future plans after the passing of their guitarist Lou Kouvaris
“We are not going to fill Lou’s position cause there is no point in filling them.The whole concept of Riot Act was to get Lou and myself together and play the old songs from the first three albums and then write new material because we were both the Riot guitar players from the early days but with the tragic shocking passing of Lou threw us for a loop. A continuing tragedy of Riot members passing it’s just hard to fathom. But Riot Act is going to move on, we will forge ahead Lou would have wanted it that way. Don Chaffin (singer) is a pretty competent guitar player and we might have him strap the guitar on for a few key songs that call for that dual guitar, we will see, this is all new.”
When asked about when Riot opened for AC/DC on the Highway to hell tour
“I remember doing laundry with Angus Young’s wife. We used to just hang out side stage and watch Angus roll around the stage, they were just a fun band to watch. Bon Scott was one of the greatest rock vocalists he had such swagger. They had reputations especially Bon, we were afraid to hang out with them thinking if we hung out we would turn into him. A lot of the stuff on Bon was exaggerated but Bon Scott was the real deal.”
When asked about opening for Rush on the Moving Pictures tour
“I was a Rush fan in the very early days when we first heard we were touring with them we couldn’t believe it . What was interesting during our first soundcheck we looked out up front and it was Geddy Lee, he was just standing there, checking us out. We were like freaking out. They were nicest guys, very cool guys. I never hung out with Neil but the memory I have is the time when Rush were doing their soundcheck and Neil Peart was late so they asked our drummer Sandy Slavin to come up and play Limelight during soundcheck.”
When asked about opening for Black Sabbath on the Heaven and hell tour with Ronnie James Dio
“I was a big Rainbow fan and to tour with Dio and the guys in Sabbath that was unbelievable. I remember being at the hotel and the elevator opened and Ronnie was there, he was a sweet human being, so down to earth and great guy. Another time we were at the hotel and the elevator opened up and it was Geezer Butler. and Bill ward in the elevator. Myself and Kip Leming (bassist) we wound up going to Geezer hotel room and Bill Ward was there too. They were such nice guys. tThey talked about all the troubles Sabbath went through in the early days, how management screwed them and we talked about our issues and they were giving us advice. What a cool experience with two legends, who were so down to earth.”