Classic, legends & pioneers, those are the only adjectives to describe Raven and what they weight in the history of heavy metal. Their attitude and music is just timeless, after more than 30 years of form they still delivering an entertaining and kick ass show from beginning to end.
Last week they were here in Mesa, AZ at Club Red as they are on a full US tour, as they are preparing to deliver a new album next year. Their show was full of heavy metal goodness, a flashback to the 80’s and a night full of classic fist pumping, head banging, and along singing.
Songs like; All For One, Stay Hard, Fire Power, On And On, and Rock Until You Drop, were the anthems invoked that night, real heavy metal classics from a band that still got it on them. They also delivered a couple of new songs (Destroy All Monsters & You Don’t Know What You Got) which are part of their upcoming album ExtermiNation.
Besides the tour Raven is currently running a Kickstart campaign to help support the release of their upcoming album, the Kickstart also features several perks to those that support the cause, including an album full of covers recorded by Raven that will be exclusive for those that back the project up.
Before their show here in Mesa, AZ. The Age Of Metal talked with John Gallagher (vocals/bass) of Raven, we talked about the tour, the new album, their recent shows in South America, the Kickstart project, and his thoughts on the modernity of the music industry.
Raven — North American Tour 2014 w/ Night Demon
10/3: Pompano Beach, FL @ Rip’s
10/4: Atlanta, GA @ 529 Bar
10/5: Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Café
10/9: Tulsa, OK @ TBA
10/10: Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
10/11: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/15: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/17: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage
10/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
10/20: Los Angeles, CA @Whiskey a Go Go
10/22: Ventura, CA @ Bombay
10/26: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
10/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room
10/29: Ashland, OR @ Club 66
10/30: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
11/1: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
11/2: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/3: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Lo-Fi Cafe
11/6: Denver, CO @ TBA
11/7: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/9: Columbus, OH @ Shrunken Head
11/11: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
11/13: Indianapolis, IN @ Headquarters
11/14: Akron, OH @ Empire Rock Club
11/15: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
11/16: Chicago IL @ Reggie’s
11/18: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/19: Syracuse, NY @ Macs Bad Art Bar
11/20: Pittsburgh, PA @ Dead Horse
11/21: Brooklyn, NY @ St.Vitus
11/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Dobbs
11/23: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11/24: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/25: Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood