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Jon Oliva's Pain

Formed: 2003
From: Clearwater, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Jon Oliva's Pain News

Below is our complete Jon Oliva's Pain news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Jon Oliva's Pain Names New Guitarist

Jon Oliva's Pain, fronted by the Mountain King Jon Oliva (Savatage/T.S.O.), has announced that the band's new guitarist will be Bill Hudson of Circle II Circle. The announcement from the band's Facebook Page reads:

"Welcome our new guitarist, Bill Hudson

"Bill has the toured the world alongside the likes of VITAL REMAINS, NIGHTRAGE (filling in for OZZY OSBOURNE's guitarist, Gus G), CIRCLE II CIRCLE, EMPHATIC, CELLADOR, POWER QUEST and many others. He is a world-class guitar player and truly a welcome addition to the JOP lineup. We are very much looking forward to rehearsals in the coming months. PP is going to awesome!

"Cheers one and all...more news as it happens."

Hudson's first live performance with the band will be the headlining set at ProgPower USA XV this September, when the classic Savatage album "Streets" will be performed in its entirety. On that note the band states: "We have decided that the sold-out ProgPower Festival in Atlanta will be our only show this year. Glenn and the fans wanted a very special once in a lifetime show and we feel it is only right that we give them want they demanded."

In addition, the band has also posted an update on the new material and follow up to the 2010 album "Festival." The new material is said to be the heaviest and darkest material from Oliva to date:

"Lots going on in the JOP camp. We are reviewing more complete demo's for the new album. Lots of very heavy and dark material for sure...." More...

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Thought Chamber Pulls Out Of ProgPower USA

Glenn Harveston, promoter for ProgPower USA, has announced that San Francisco's Thought Chamber has been forced to pull out of this year's festival to be held from September 10-13th, 2014 in Atlanta Georgia.

The following announcement was made by vocalist Ted Leonard: "Ted Leonard here….We regret to announce that, due to my scheduling conflicts, Thought Chamber will not be able to participate in ProgPower USA 2014. I feel terrible about this, but have had unforeseen commitments arise that unfortunately cannot be changed. We are truly honored to have been invited to perform at ProgPower USA. Glenn Harveston has built one of the best progressive metal festivals in the world, and we hope that Glenn will forgive our unforeseen cancellation and allow us to return in the future. This was totally unexpected, and evidence that I've completely overloaded my plate. I would like to personally and publicly apologize to Glenn Harveston, my band mates, and to any ProgPower USA fans that may have purchased tickets solely to see Thought Chamber."

Harveston has named the replacement act as Greek progressive metal band Need. The band released the latest album "Orvam - A Song for Home" in January. As a preview, check out the track "Mother Madness" from the album here: More...

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ProgPower USA XV Mid-Week Mayhem Show Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA festival announced the mid-week mayhem lineup for Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The lineup will feature Pain of Salvation (playing a regular set as opposed to the special set during the main festival comprising of "Remedy Lane" in its entirety), along with Atlanta's Theocracy and Oklahoma's Vangough. Ticket information will be announced soon.

The festival previously announced the kick-off show for Thursday, September 11th: Pagan's Mind (playing the debut LP "Celestial Entrance" in its entirety for the first time ever), Italian power/progressive act DGM and Indiana's Draekon. Tickets for the kick-off show will go on sale on November 1st.

The main festival, which is held from September 12-13, 2014, will feature:

Friday (September 12, 2014)

Thought Chamber (replaces Disperse)
Orden Ogan
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

Tickets for the main festival - as of this morning - are 70% sold after the first 24 hours, so head over to this location fast. More...

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Jon Oliva Finalizes Storytellers Tour Dates

Savatage/Jon Oliva's Pain/T.S.O. mastermind Jon Oliva finalized the dates for the upcoming Storytellers Tour, commencing November 30th in Charlotte. The unique tour features Oliva and JOP drummer Chris Kinder presenting acoustic material spanning the career of Oliva with the stories behind the songs. VIP packages are available at this location.

Confirmed dates are:

Nov. 30th - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
Dec. 1st - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
Dec. 3rd - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Dec. 4th - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
Dec. 6th - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
Dec. 8th - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
Dec. 10th - Dallas, TX - Trees
Dec. 11th - Houston, TX - Concert Pub North
Dec. 14th - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater More...

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ProgPower USA XV Lineup Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia announced the lineup for its 15th year just after Soilwork's set On Friday, Sept 6th. The festival will be held from September 12-13, 2014.

The lineup was revealed to be:

Friday (September 12, 2014)

Orden Ogan
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

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Jon Oliva To Release First Solo LP In 2013

Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Jon Oliva's Pain founder Jon Oliva will release his very first solo album in 2013. While his band Jon Oliva's Pain continues to write the follow up to the 2010 LP "Festival," Oliva will release his solo LP in Spring 2013 via AFM Records.

The announcement reads as follows:

"Good day one and all,

"We thank you all for your patience with regards to announcing our new recording plans.

"While JOP is very much intact and focused on new music and future touring...JON OLIVA will release his first ever solo record in early 2013.

"Jon has assembled a collection of ideas from the past 4-5 years and wants the opportunity to present them as his own work. Jon will be recording nearly all the instrument tracks and vocals himself and also playing drums on several tracks. Once again, I have the honor of recording the bulk of the drum tracks on the new cd, but this record will have been created from start to finish with Jon being completely at the helm."

Jon Oliva commented on the album: "I’ve got some weird ideas that I wanna try and I’ve got some time to do it. I don’t want do just 'another' JOP record. I’ve done four of those already. I wanna do something different. I have some material that I’ve wanted to put out for a while, that I’ll talk with the record company about, maybe putting something out quickly, like in the next four or five months, to give me more time to do this JOP record. I want the next JOP cd to be very special. I’ve got some great friends from other bands that are going to be a significant part of the next JOP release. We are going to do a killer JOP record and then an additional bonus cd with guest stars... kind of like the AVANTASIA thing but not in a story line. Tobias Sammet does a magnificent job with it, but I don’t have that much time to write a whole story, so I’ll just have some powerhouse friends from various bands come in and take it over the top."

Drum recordings, handled by J.O.P. drummer Christopher Kinder, begin at the legendary Morrisound Studio's in mid December.

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Elvenking Announces Guest Musicians

Italy's Elvenking has issued the following update about releasing a new album and recruiting guest musicians:

"This summer is magical boys and girls! We hope you are already enjoying your summer holidays or that you planning your trips and your relax time.

"As you know the new Elvenking album is ready and it will be hopefully released inSeptember 2012. We will inform you about the final release date as soon as we'll have more news about it. We'll try to give you some updates about the new album every week. In the meantime we are preparing things around the new video clip shooting and we will film it while you'll have a swim at your favourite pool or a good hot night at the seaside!

"You already know that the Mountain King himself, Mr. Jon Oliva, will be guest on the new album leading his voice on two tracks. But we have also other great guest performance on the album. Wintersun’s guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari laid down an Incredible guitar solo on a track called 'Walking Dead' (oh yes, this is the very first new title revealed! …cool as the tv series at least!!). You will hear it.

"Also Maurizio Cardullo from our dear fellows Folkstone has taken care of all the folk instruments in the album. So you will hear a lot of bagpipes, tin whistles, low whistlesthrough the songs. What do you think about that?And last but not least the gorgeous and amazing Finnish singer Netta Dahlberg performed some female vocals. If you have the lastAmorphis album, well she IS that amazing voice! More...

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Jon Oliva's Pain Comments On Upcoming Shows

Chris Kinder of Jon Oliva's Pain has issued the following update about the band rehearsing for upcoming live shows:

"Tour rehearsal update and stuff: We are fast approaching the end of rehearsals in preparation for the first show in Tampa on June 16th at the Ritz Theatre and then it's on to Europe and The United Arab Emirates!

"It's remarkable to see and hear how the band has come together in the past few months. The hard work and dedication of Jerry, Joe and Jason has been nothing short of extraordinary. Their passion and attention to detail to such a wide range of material in such a short time is a testament to what professionals they really are. And honestly, Oliva's voice is on fire. I for one have not seen so much excitement and sheer power from his voice in quite some time. It is remarkable to see him sing such a wide variety of difficult songs as effortlessly as he is...awesome indeed!

"There are still a handful of VIP Rock Royalty Packages still available. We will likely shut down registration for this special package in the next week or so (if not sold out), as we have to order correct shirt sizes for each of our noble guests. Less than 3 weeks til showtime...don't be left out. General admission tickets are still available as well.

"Update you all again in a few days...we plan to blow the roof off the hall of the mountain king soon enough!"

For details on upcoming Jon Oliva's Pain shows, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Limp Bizkit To Headline Graspop 2012

American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's edition of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. Also newly confirmed for the festival are Behemoth, Black Label Society, Godsmack, Slash and All Shall Perish, while the organisers have also announced that Young Guns and Lagwagon have pulled out of the event. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Ozzy Osbourne and friends (Headliner)
Limp Bizkit (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
All Shall Perish
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Black Label Society
Black Spiders
Black Veil Brides
Cancer Bats
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Dimmu Borgir
H20 More...

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Nine More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have confirmed a further nine names for this years edition of the event, including French death metal outfit Gojira, English doom metal veterans My Dying Bride and American hard rock legends Twisted Sister, as well as I Killed The Prom Queen, Cancer Bats, Lagwagon, While She Sleeps, Black Spiders and Kobra And The Lotus. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly: More...

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Jon Oliva's Pain Announces New Touring Guitarist

Jon Oliva's Pain announced the addition of touring guitarist Joseph Diaz. The announcement was made in a post on the band's Facebook Page:

"New Guitarist Added for the Hall of the Mountain King tour...

"Please give a warm welcome to another great talent...Joe Diaz!

"JOSEPH DIAZ- Guitars and Vocals: Born in New York, school gang violence and the cold war were all realities that shaped his way of thought. His family moved to Tampa Bay Florida when he was 13. As a freshman in High School he found Florida schools far behind and boring. His active mind needed something to fill the void. The answer came as music.

"Music came in the form of a Stratocaster Guitar and a Marshall amp. Soon after, he was turned on to Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. This forged the roots for his style as did his constant involvement in the very strong Tampa Bay Metal Scene. Joe spent his youth in many original and cover bands ,writing, learning and paying dues.

"Joe is also a classical guitarist and into the blues but Metal is his main focus. Currently working with Cemetary Sluts (An original Speed Metal Band) and Figure In Black (a Black Sabbath Tribute act)

"He has also played in Disaster Peace (with Pete Black - King Diamond and Wade Black - Crimson Glory) and Brutus (with John Greely – Iced Earth) and his own original bands, Our Final Failure,
End Unseen ,Moss Feaster and Back 2 Zero.

"Welcome to the party Joe...it's going to be a wild ride." More...

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Guns N Roses Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Dimmu Borgir
Jon Oliva's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Machine Head
Paradise Lost
Sacred Reich
Sebastian Bach
Sick Of It All
Texas In July
The Spudmonsters
The Treatment
Winds Of Plague
Young Guns

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Jon Oliva To Play With Chris Caffery At BYH 2012

Jon Oliva's Pain, led by the Mountain King himself, will play the classic Savatage release "Hall of the Mountain King" (1987) in its entirety along with Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) at next years Bang Your Head Festival to be held in Balingen, Germany from July 13-14, 2012. The performance will mark the album's 25th Anniversary. The band will also perform some songs from Doctor Buther, the defunct project of Oliva and Caffery.

It was reported earlier that former Savatage vocalist Zack Stevens and Circle II Circle will perform Savatage's "Wake of Magellan" LP with Caffery at Wacken 2012 in August.

In other Jon Oliva's Pain news, Oliva and drummer Chris Kinder continue to demo songs for the next JLP album and the follow up to the 2010 release "Festival." In the latest update on the band's Facebook Page, Kinder states: "As for the 'band,' we have made no decisions on anything at this point. The first objective right now is the songs. So, we will continue the process as we have done since 'Maniacal Renderings' which is basically Jon's ideas and me crafting them into working songs and then we will worry about the rest of the details. Everything and everyone else involved with work itself out in the very near future. It's just nice to finally be back on that horse and riding a new wave of music for a JOP release in 2012."

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Jon Oliva's Pain Posts Update On New LP

Drummer Chris Kinder posted the following update on the official Jon Oliva's Pain Facebook page about the writing update for the follow up to the band's 2010 release "Festival":

"Alrighty peoples.....update time.

"Oliva and I spent 3 hours last night going through cd after cd of ideas, both old and new, and have officially begun piecing some of this material together.

"It's really quite scary how much great material we have to work with already and it's gonna be another painful task to cram it down to 10-12 songs. We have so many plans for 2012...and it is going to put some huge smiles on your faces when we are able to announce everything we are planning. I am actually quite scared myself, and we won't be getting much sleep for the next 12 months.

"More updates as they happen....stay tuned!


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Jon Oliva's Pain Begins Work On New LP

Drummer Chris Kinder and legendary vocalist Jon Oliva posted the following update on the official Jon Oliva's Pain Facebook Page that the team has begun working on material for a new LP.

The update reads: "Jon and I will begin the daunting task of going through new material as we prepare, to prepare our preparations for a new JOP cd due out in 2012. 1st day is always interesting. You never know what JO has up his sleeve. Updates to follow....Cheers, Chris"

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Icarus Witch Added to Pathfinder Metalfest Lineup

The 2010 edition of The Pathfinder Metalfest, held every year in Marietta, Georgia (US), is being headlined by Jon Oliva's Pain and will be held over Halloween weekend. The festival now has another addition: traditional metallers Icarus Witch! The band's release reads as follows:

It's never to early to make your plans for the international heavy metal holiday, Halloween weekend. This year, thee place for true metal heads to be is Marietta, Georgia for the Pathfinder MetalFest 2010. Icarus Witch are excited to announce they have been added as one of the featured artists on this stellar bill that will be headlined by Jon Oliva's Pain!

This has been a banner year for the Witch - already including a North American tour backing original Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul DiAnno, support slots with Lizzy Borden, a high profile appearance at Warriors Of Metal Open Air, an upcoming gig with Otep and a soon-to-launch summer tour opening for Y&T that peaks with a slot at Midwest Rock Fest along side Twisted Sister! The news of playing with yet another hero in Savatage / Trans Siberian Orchestra vocal legend Jon Oliva just gives the band and its circle a fall to look forward to as well.

The Pathfinder Metalfest will be held on October 30, 2010. More information can be found here.

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Kamelot Signs with earMUSIC, New Album Details

earMUSIC, the international rock label of the Hamburg-based entertainment group Edel, has announced the signing of American/Norwegian melodic metallers Kamelot. The band's new studio album, "Poetry For The Poisoned," will be released in Europe on September 3, 2010.

"I think this album is by far our most diverse, fusing new ideas and elements along with the traditional Kamelot sound and style that we have established over the years," states Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood.

"Poetry for the Poisoned" was mostly written in the remote woods of Norway to the final songwriting sessions in a remote region of Germany. Recordings took place in the familiar Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Additional tracking also took place in Tampa, Florida as well as various studios in Sweden, Greece and the U.S.

"Poetry for the Poisoned" features guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica), Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Björn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork) and Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain). The artwork was created by many great artists, including Seth Siro Anton, Natalie Shau and Michal Loranc.

"'Poetry for the Poisoned' is a mix of progressive elements, modern rock, dark arts and also power metal," states Youngblood. "It comes at a time where many people around the world are searching for something to grab on to spiritually, including myself. I recently lost my mother and to be honest it was very hard on me. So there are some melancholy moods reflected on this album."

Frontman Roy Khan assures that "Poetry for the Poisoned" will both please the band's existing following and expose the universe of Kamelot to a whole range of new fans. "'Poetry for the Poisoned' is our longest and toughest production so far, but when I hear the result I know it was well worth the struggle," he says.

Max Vaccaro, director of the earMUSIC label, commented: "If there is one thing that is absolutely clear with Kamelot, it's that the band has a unique vision of metal and they consider anything they do as the 'next step' to something bigger and better, constantly adamant to reach new ambitious artistic targets. We're happy about the fact that they have chosen earMUSIC as the partner to expand their audience with this new wonderful album."

"Poetry For The Poisoned" will also be available as a limited edition hard-cover digipak CD with a bonus DVD, LP and limited collector's edition featuring a bonus 45" vinyl with two rare songs only available on this strictly limited format, personally signed by the band.

Kamelot recently tapped Swedish director Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The track, which was performed on the band's recently completed European tour, will appear on "Poetry For The Poisoned". Other songtitles set to appear on the effort include "House On A Hill"and "Hunters Season", the latter of which was also performed on the band's recently completed European headlining tour.

Kamelot recently inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon Records for the Japanese release of its next album. The plans for the North American release will be announced in the near future.

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Neverland Announces European Tour Dates

Neverland has announced European tour dates with Jon Oliva's Pain and Need. Their complete tour schedule is as follows:

06.03.2010 - 312 Arena, Ankara - TURKEY - Destruction, festival
10.03.2010 - Metu Arch Hall, Ankara - TURKEY - Festival, headliner
27.03.2010 - Dungeon, Izmir - TURKEY - festival
13.04.2010 - ITU Maslak, Istanbul - TURKEY - festival, headliner
10.06.2010 - Colorado, Rhodes - GREECE

with Jon Oliva's Pain and Need:

01.10.2010 - Prog Mt. Night - Gunzendorf - GERMANY
02.10.2010 - Turock - Essen - GERMANY
05.10.2010 - New Ballroom - Hamburg - GERMANY
06.10.2010 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg - GERMANY
08.10.2010 - Wekstatt - Köln - GERMANY
09.10.2010 - Kaminwerk - Memmingen - GERMANY
10.10.2010 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg - GERMANY
12.10.2010 - Grillen - Colmar - FRANCE
13.10.2010 - Z7 - Pratteln - SWITZERLAND
16.10.2010 - Biebob - Vosselar - BELGIUM

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Line Up Announced For Triton Power Cruise 2010

The first U.S. Triton Power Cruise will take place on the Carnival Imagination on April 30th - May 3rd, 2010 and will launch from Miami, FL. The currently announced line up will consist of Jon Oliva's Pain, Evergrey, Crimson Glory, Seven Witches, Circle II Circle, Vougan, and Eumeria. Further information on the cruise can be found here.

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Crimson Glory Announces ProgPower Guest Vocalists

Crimson Glory is pleased to announce that they have confirmed the following special guest vocalists to perform with them during their headlining set at ProgPower USA X:

Wade Black (Crimson Glory/Leatherwolf)
Zak Stevens (Savatage/Circle II Circle)
Lance King (Pyramaze/Balance of Power)
Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind)
Chris Salinas (Zero Hour/Power of Omens)
Ronny Monroe (Metal Church)
Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm/Symphorce/Ivanhoe)
Sean Peck (Cage)
Danilo Herbert (Mindflow)
Joakim Brodén (Sabaton)
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus)
David Vanlanding (Crimson Glory/Michael Schenker Group) More...

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