Episode 226

Published on:

26th Mar 2022

Riot Act's Lead Guitarist Rick Ventura ~ The New LP "Closer To The Flame" with Bruce Hilliard

Hey hey hello from Better Each Day Land in my newly adopted hometown Mukilteo WA.  


The highly anticipated debut album from Riot Act, Closer To The Flame, is sure to please fans of the late 70s and early 80s era of Riot as well as fans of classic hard rock everywhere.


There are bonus recordings featuring the final ever recordings of their original guitarist Lou Kouvaris, who tragically passed away of Covid 19 in early 2020. The deluxe double album set will be released April 1 on Global Rock Records.


Riot Act features former Riot guitarist Rick Ventura, talented lead vocalist Don Chaffin, Paul Ranieri on bass and Claudio Galinski on drums. Our guest Rick Ventura was a member of the classic lineup of Riot Act from 1979-1984. Some bands are formed by record labels, some are the result of advertisements and a dare, and some just happen.

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Bruce Hilliard

Born in Seattle, raised in Aberdeen WA, Bruce Hilliard is a singer, guitarist and songwriter with a song list influenced mostly by pop/folk rock of the 60s-80s. He has been an opener for Heart, the Ramones, Dr. Hook, Wishbone Ash and Eric Burdon.
Early in his career Bruce completed Bachelor Degrees in Music and Journalism from Washington State University and, while never allowing a hiatus from performing and songwriting, joined corporate America in marketing and sales. That rocky road led him back to his passion and now records and performs live and with great appreciation to be back in his jam.
He currently resides in Mukilteo WA and hosts the Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show. His musician interview based show has featured recording artists including John Oates; Grand Funk Railroad’s frontman Mark Farner; Steve Fossen, bass player and co-founder of Heart; drummer Carmine Appice; and Dave Bickler, lead vocalist (Eye Of the Tiger) of Survivor. The weekly half hour show has over 181 episodes and is becoming a strong platform for musicians of all levels to showcase their music and their backstories.