Raven Black flies into Pittsburgh, PA and we were there!!!

Raven Black just recently finished up a tour run with Psychostick that lasted over a month. The final two stops of the tour included the Cattivo Club in Pittsburgh, PA. as well as the the Odeon in Cleveland.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with the band in Pittsburgh to get a little insight into what they’ve been doing and what they have planned for the future.

One of the things that they were most excited about, was the response they received from the new music that they’ve been working on. Enthusiasm from old and new fans on the tour has been nothing short of amazing according to the band.

Old favorites such as ‘13’ and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Scars’ also captured new fans and delighted the old.  Playing a shorter set than they did as a headliner a few months ago, RB packed ten pounds of energetic macabre into a the proverbial five pound bucket.

Raven Black performing at Cattivo's Club in Pittsburgh, PA. All photos taken by Shannon 'Hammy' Hamilton/therustbeltchronicles.com

Props are a major part of a Raven Black performance and it was no different this time around. Among my favorite was the Kissing Booth of Death which was handmade by Raven herself. All of the props and smoke lasers are intended to intensify their ability to lead fans through the dark journey of the metal carnival.

Raven Black is a creative ensemble that puts on one hell of a show. Their theatrical performance included Raven serenading the crowd from the middle of the masses.

Stitches, Muppet, the Doctor and Raven are amazing to watch. They put their blood and sweat into each show. Muppet lamented the same following the show ‘if I’m not soaked with sweat after performing, I’m doing it wrong’.

Each member of this band plays an integral part of what Raven Black is. Their chemistry is what allows them to reach the next level. They are heading into the studio in 2018 to work on a new album; much to the delight of their fans.

While mingling among the crowd many were stunned and pleasantly surprised by what they heard from Raven Black. Obviously most of the audience was there to see Psychostick but a good majority of those in attendance walked away as new fans of RB.

One gentleman told me he didn’t have high expectations for the opening bands but after witnessing Raven Black in person, he was blown away by their set. He also stated that he would definitely be catching them again.

In closing, I would like to give a huge shout out to my friend Tracy Woods and her husband, Jimmy, for helping me get a great room at the Westin Convention Center. It was great to hangout with them at the show as well.

I would also be remiss in not giving major kudos to the Cattivo Club and Drusky Entertainment for putting on such a great show.


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Shannon Hamilton About Shannon Hamilton

Shannon Hamilton is also known as “Hammy” by his close friends. Born in Ashland, Ohio and he currently resides in West Salem, Ohio with my wife, Laura and daughter, Allysa. My love of music started when I found a copy of Black Sabbath’s 1973 album, “Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath’.
Music has always been a strong presence in my life starting as a young kid. My first concert was Iron Maiden at the age of 15 in 1988 at The Richfield Coliseum. My enjoyment of music extends to every level from the national, regional and local scene in Cleveland, Ohio. I tend to lean toward the heavy side of music scene with my favorite bands being MUSHROOMHEAD, Pantera and White Zombie.

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