|This armor could only contain the jazz hands for so long...|
But Raven were never confused, and I witnessed proof of their sense of purpose and direction at one of their 35th Anniversary tour gigs.
At first, John Gallagher's screaming banshee vocals were a brutal assault on the ears, but after getting acclimatized, what followed was unstoppable headbanging. What's more, respect to Gallagher for singing the way he does. One of the new generation of metalheads' greatest weaknesses is that they all sound exactly the same, either singing with their cookie monster death growls or their melodic crooning whines. Original voices, like Hetfield's used to be, or Bobby Blitz's, or Rob Halford's, or of course John Gallagher's, are rare and endangered indeed.
The setlist was:
Live at the Inferno
All For One
Breaking You Down
Rock Until You Drop
A facemelting solo by Mark Gallagher
A blistering bass solo by John Gallagher
Long Day's Journey
Lambs to The Slaughter
On and On
For the Future
The night ended with a hug from John Gallagher - yes, that's right, one of the UK's metal gods hugged me! One of my proudest moments.