Raven’s John Gallagher: 5 Weirdest Places I’ve Slept on Tour

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Tour life might seem glamorous and fun, but it ain’t for the faint of heart. Between the homesickness and long drives, there’s also the issue of where to rest your head each night. Up-and-coming bands cutting their teeth playing tiny gig after tiny gig don’t get to ride in a lux tour bus much less stay in a hotel room every evening. Instead, they get to crash wherever they can while trying to save up gas money. NWOBHM veterans Raven — who are gearing up to drop a new album, Metal City, their 14th LP overall, on September 18th via SPV/Steamhammer — have seen it all over the course of their 46 year career and have stayed at some pretty shady spots while on the road. We caught up with vocalist John Gallagher, who formed the band back in 1974 with his brother, Raven guitarist Mark, to get a look at what tour life is really all about, warts and all.

1. Bizarre hotel in The Hague, Netherlands

… where you opened the door … and the bedroom was a small English-style caravan!

2. Hotel in Brussels, Belgium

… L- shaped … tile floor … every noise you made echoed insanely. We wrote four or five of the new songs there!

3. Hotel in Witten, Germany

… decor by Elvis … red velvet — everything!

4. Hotel in Quito, Ecuador

… done out in mock English Tudor decor!

5. Hotel in College Station, Texas

… where technically we stayed for about five seconds. Completely overrun by roaches — no thanks!