NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) band Raven has released the following tour update:

“So…life can (and does) throw the occasional ‘mother’ of a curveball….

“Due to a sudden serious health issue, our drummer, Joe ‘The Baron’ Hasselvander, will unfortunately be unable to play with us on our current and upcoming dates.

“As you can imagine, the health and well-being of our good mate & partner in mayhem is paramount in importance.

“However, in order to meet our obligations to our fans, we will still be playing all upcoming shows with the assistance of some amazing fill-in drummers who have stepped up to the plate to help the show go on. Thursday in Chicago, Jimmy Mess from Tattooed Millionaires will do the honors, and the shows this weekend on the East Coast we are extremely honored to have Fear Factory drummer, and all around Metal legend Mike Heller behind the kit. And for the European tour, Kill Ritual drummer Dave Chedrick will do the honors.

“Please join with us in wishing Joe best wishes and a speedy recovery.”


Raven’s upcoming shows are as follows:


Thursday, May 18, at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago

Friday, May 19 at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey

Saturday, May 20 at Fish Head Cantina in Halethorpe, Maryland

Sunday, May 21 at Bar XIII in Wilmington, Delaware


Visit Raven’s website at www.ravenlunatics.com.