- I first saw Black Raven at the beginning of the nineties and immediately I knew that these boys and I were on the same wavelength. Not only did the music convince me straightaway. but even their outfits were well thought through from the very beginning. Since then, whenever possible, I've tried to see every concert and obtain every recording. In fact, many of the Black Raven's albums and EPs are real collectors' items today.
Over the years there have been changes both to the personnel and to the music itself. They have become so musically refined that they're one of today's most sought-after acts in Europe. Personally, I find Julian's songs excellent and the cover songs well chosen. His singing, which has somethings of the bluesy. soul sound of Charlie Rich, reminds one of Del Shannon. Further, his guitar work (which puts him in a class with Chuck Berry and Tony Vincent) is impressive and fascinating.
His new players, Jens and Bojan, have blended themselves seamlessly and perfectly into the structure of the band. I was able to book the band in their various combinations, but today's group always creates fun and harmony - not only before and after their appearance. but especially once they are on the stage.
Their joy in playing together is huge. Sometimes you truly have to pull the plug or the evening would never end! This album will only strengthen their long-assured place in the history of Rock'n'Roll. I was allowed to write one song on this album. which is dedicated to my great love Anja - I Feel Fine. -
Stefan Pfeifer Essen, Germany. November 2016
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The band started up in 1992 and was established by Julian Wiethoff (vocals, guitar), Zlatko Tudja (vocals, guitar), Andy Tudja (drums) and Torsten Leyhausen (bass). Their first performance was in Neuss, Germany, in 1993.It is regarded as the first internationally successful so-called Teddy-Boy/Revival-Rock'n'Roll-band to come from Germany.
In 1995, only three years after they came together, they had their first international performances in England, the mother-country of the Rock'n'Roll revival movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Notable at this time were their gigs at the Teddy-Boy-Weekender in Great Yarmouth and at the Blackpool-Rock’n’Roll-Weekender.
Black Raven has also appeared as a backing group to Graham Fenton of Matchbox, Sandy Ford of the Flying Saucers and to Freddie Fingers Lee.In 2005, Black Raven were invited to perform at the Rock am Ring festival at the Nürburgring in Germany.Black Raven - this is •Julian Wiethoff on vocals & guitar,•Jens Feldhaus on drums and •Bojan Lutz on bass guitar.