Original Riot guitarist Lou “L.A.” Kouvaris has died

He was 66.

The original guitarist of hard rock band Riot (now known as Riot V) Lou “L.A.” Kouvaris has died. He was 66.

The news was shared by his bandmates on Facebook, who wrote: “RIOT has lost another brother. Lou played on the very 1st Riot record “Rock City” and performed with the current lineup many times as we are Family. We are saddened by his passing and continue in his and the Riot family honor! Rest in Power Lou! Now start working on music with Guy Mark and Rhett! Shine on Warrior!”

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Kouvaris played with Riot between 1975-1978, playing guitar only on the group’s 1977 debut Rock City. He also received some writing credits on the band’s second record, 1979’s Narita.

Kouvaris was also a member of the spin-off group Riot Act, along with guitarist Rick Ventura.

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