Guy Speranza

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Guy Speranza
Born (1956-03-12)March 12, 1956
Died November 8, 2003(2003-11-08) (aged 47)
Orlando, Florida
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1975–1981
Associated acts Riot

Guy Speranza (March 12, 1956 – November 8, 2003) was an American singer best known as New York-based metal band Riot's original frontman from 1976 to 1981.

He played at the first Monsters of Rock festival in 1980 and sang on their first three albums, 1977's Rock City, 1979's Narita and 1981's Fire Down Under, before leaving the band in 1981.

In 1982, Scott Ian called Speranza to offer him the position as the lead singer for Anthrax. Speranza declined the offer, saying he was done with the music business.[1]

After retiring from music, Speranza worked as an exterminator in Florida until being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, from which he died on November 8, 2003.


  1. ^ "I'm the Man," by Scott Ian, page 44

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