Raven and Vicious Rumors San Antonio 2024
Saturday, March 30, 2024
04:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Fitzgerald's Bar & Live Music Venue
437 McCarty Road, San Antonio, TX, USA
Finally!!! All Hells Breaking Loose over America - 2024!!!
Silver One Events is proud to bring NWOBHM Legends RAVEN with the Power Metal of
VICIOUS RUMORS to the “Heavy Metal Capital” in 2024………………………………………………………
Saturday, March 30, 2024 @ Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music Venue – 437 McCarty Rd., San Antonio, Texas
JOHN GALLAGHER: Lead Vocals, Bass, 12 String Bass
MIKE HELLER: Drums
MARK GALLAGHER: Guitar, Vocals
RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will BLEED true heavy metal - a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!
Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in Northeast England back in 1974 (yes – 46 YEARS ago!!!) the brothers Gallagher cut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter.
The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) inspiring every band of that era and beyond. Basically, without Raven you just would not have thrash/speed metal…. after all, the band did give Metallica & Anthrax their first tours!
Following a tumultuous move to the USA, deals with Atlantic Records, indentured servitude and commercialism, Rob left the band in 1987 to be replaced by drummer extraordinaire Joe Hasselvander, who had made his name in cult doom band Pentagram, Savoy Brown and his own solo projects, adding a new dimension to the band.
In 2001, guitarist Mark Gallagher was involved in a near fatal accident - but fought his way back from the brink and the band proved they were stronger than ever! This renewed spirit and attitude was reflected in the title of their 2010 album “WALK THROUGH FIRE” and in the career overview DVD “ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP”.
2014 found the band opening for Metallica (the band that Raven took on their first tour back in 1983) in Sao Paulo in front of 70,000 fans and completing their finest album to date – ExtermiNation” which was released to universal acclaim from fans & critics alike in 2015!
After a serious heart attack in May 2017 Joe Hasselvander has had to unfortunately relinquish the drum stool…. taking over drum duties is the phenomenal Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy) who has immediately injected high energy into the band!
In a cynical musical landscape these days, where bands are not “gangs “but faceless corporations, RAVEN are a band that are REAL not FAKE – and proud of it!
(Performing their Debut Album “Soldiers of the Night” in its entirety)
Geoff Thorpe: guitar, backing and additional lead vocals.
Larry Howe: drums, percussion, backing vocals.
Brian Allen: lead vocals
Gunnar DüGrey: guitar, backing vocals.
Robin Utbult: bass
Vicious Rumors are an American power metal band, originally formed in 1979 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band was conceived by founder and guitarist/vocalist Geoff Thorpe and has been actively recording and touring worldwide since their full-length recording debut in 1985. The band is signed to the Germany-based label SPV/Steamhammer.
The band's first full-length album Soldiers of the Night was released in 1985, it featured Geoff Thorpe, Gary St. Pierre, Vinnie Moore, Dave Starr, and Larry Howe. It quickly began to establish VR's worldwide reputation. This release is classed as a milestone and a classic in power metal. The lineup at that time included a young guitarist named Vinnie Moore. (Vinnie originally lived in Delaware but was recommended to the band by Shrapnel Records founder Mike Varney).
In May 2017 the band announced a new line up with the return of vocalist Brian Allen and guitarist Gunnar DüGrey replacing Holleman and Rasmussen respectively. This lineup of Vicious Rumors performed several live dates in Europe, as well as the US (California) in the summer of 2017.
In 2018 and 2019, the band celebrated the 30th anniversary of Digital Dictator with a world tour and a new line up. Nick Courtney was announced as replacement for the again departing Brian Allen on vocals, and Cody Green stepped in on bass for Tilen Hudrap. The touring is intense in US and Europe. In spring 2019, again at Keep It True Festival, Vicious Rumors held a special set with guest Kevin Albert on vocals. In 2020, a new album, Celebration Decay, was released which saw the studio debut of both DuGrey and Courtney. Guests on the record are Greg Christian on bass and Cody Green on guitars, while the band's new live bassist was the Swedish Robin Utbult.
In July 2022, the band announced that former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe had joined the band. On July 24, 2023, Munroe announced his departure due to medical reasons. He would be replaced with Brian Allen once again. The band tours once again worldwide, including the long-awaited return to Japan.
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