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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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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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Jon Oliva's Pain Announces European Tour Dates

Florida's Jon Oliva's Pain has announces the following European tour dates:

05/23 - Pratteln, CH, Z7 Metal Dayz Festival
05/24 - Wörgl, AT, Komma (acoustic show)
05/26 - Frankfurt, DE, Sinkkasten (acoustic show)
05/27 - Dortmund, DE, Garageland (acoustic show)
05/29 - Kerkrade, NL, The Rock Temple
05/30 - Gelsenkirchen, DE, Rock Hard Festival
05/31 - Zoetermeer, NL, Boerderij
06/02 - Hamburg, DE, Ballroom (acoustic show)
06/04 - Copenhagen, DK, The Rock
06/05 - Sölvesborg, SE, Sweden Rock Festival
06/06 - Flensburg, DE, Roxy
06/08 - Prague, CZ, Exit Club
06/10 - Budapest, HU, Hungary
06/12 - Ankara, TR, TBA
06/13 - Istanbul, TR, Studio Live
06/14 - Sibiu, RO, Rockin Transilvania Festival
06/16 - Belgrade, SRB, SKC
06/18 - Munich, DE, Backstage (acoustic show)
06/20 - Kleinwenkheim, DE, Queens of Metal Festival
06/21 - Zaragoza, ES, Metalway Festival
06/23 - Niederkrüchten, DE, Pitch Black (acoustic show)
06/25 - Balingen, DE, Bang Your Head Festival
06/26 - Dessel, BE, Graspop Metal Meeting
06/27 - Helsinki, FI, Tuska Festival More...

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Jon Oliva's Pain Set To Record New Album

Jon Oliva's Pain, the band led by Savatage mastermind Jon Oliva, has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"JOP's been very busy since returning from the
fall 2008 US tour with CirlceIICirlce/Manticora and thought we would spell it all out for you as 2009 kicks into high gear.

"First, we would like to announce official endorsements from our great partners at Ddrum (Christopher Kinder), Fender Bass Guitars (Kevin Rothney) and Charvel Guitars (Tom McDyne). Locking into partnerships with these high quality manufacturers helps us promote the music and the instruments that allow us to deliver the best performances possible. We sincerely appreciate their support and recognition of our desire to grow their brands and ours...thanks!

"On the music front: JOP is deep into pre-production for our 4th release due out later this year. 13 songs are on the table with another 6 still in their infancy. Expect us to deliver another 60+ minutes. We are determined to make this record heavier and more diverse than the previous3 cd's. We have done quite a bit of experimenting over the past 2 albums, but there is a real desire to push our performances and Oliva's voice harder than ever. Recording will begin at Morrisound Studio's-Tampa in late March. More...

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Circle II Circle Announces New Guitarist

Florida metallers, Circle II Circle, welcomes guitarist Bill Hudson (known from Power Quest, Cellador and The Supremacy a.o.) to the band.

Circle II Circle commented: "We're sad about parting ways with Evan, but the addition of Bill into the band is gonna keep us going strong. We start our North American tour with Jon Oliva's Pain and Manticora September 20." More...

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Circle II Circle Reveal New Album Details

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, will release its new album, "Delusions of Grandeur", on April 25 via AFM Records. The CD will be issued as a regular jewel case, a limited edition featuring bonus material, and on picture vinyl.

"Delusions of Grandeur" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. Fatal Warning
02. Dead Of Dawn
03. Forever
04. Echoes
05. Waiting
06. Soul Breaker
07. Seclusion
08. So Many Reasons
09. Chase The Lies
10. Every Last Thing

Digipack bonus material:

11. Revelations (live video clip)
12. Stay (audio)

CIRCLE II CIRCLE will release a new four-track single on March 28 via AFM Records. Entitled "Every Last Thing", it will include a non-album and a live video clip. More...

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Jon Oliva's Pain Issue New Album Update

JON OLIVA'S PAIN drummer Christopher Kinder has posted a lengthy update on the recording sessions for the group's third album. An excerpt follows:

"[Jon] Oliva [vocals] was here on Friday and will be back today to continue on the journey of keyboard, string, and special effects. His ability to create unlimited counter melodies within every song is awe inspiring. He plays violin and chelo like a real player would, and while we will have some live string players on this CD... no one will be able to tell the difference between the actual player and his expert keyboard string tracks."

"We should begin vocals in the next week or so. Oliva's voice is once again in perfect shape and the amount of backing vocals that we have to record will make us all dizzy before it is done. But, goddamn, is it cool! Zahner [keyboardist John Zahner] will be coming in at the end to add all the bells, whistles, B3 organ and whatever else we need." More...

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Jon Oliva's Pain Issue Studio Update

JON OLIVA'S PAIN drummer Christopher Kinder has issued the following update:

"While this JON OLIVA'S PAIN recording is no different than the others....(we seem to be constantly swimming in BS), we are suprisingly proceeding on time and without many delays. I must personally commend everyone in the band for rising to the challenge and accepting responsibility to insure that we deliver the best CD possible. We cannot underestimate the incredible hours of work and input that Greg [late producer, engineer and close friend Greg 'Super G' Marchak] absorbed in the past. Now, it is up to all of us to take on his duties as well as our own. It is a learning curve and a change of pace that we have had no time to adjust to. But like every other JON OLIVA'S PAIN record, we tend to thrive on the challenge/pressure and ultimately push ourselves to the edge of our performances, patience and determination." More...

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Jon Oliva's Pain Begin Recording New Album

Drummer Christopher Kinder of JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, has issued the following update:

"Last Monday we arrived at the world-famous Morrissound studios [in Tampa, Florida] to begin loading in drums and bass. The atmosphere here is relaxed and inspiring... and we needed as much of that as humanly possible."

"After about three hours of setting up and checking tones, we began the process of recording 14 songs for the new [JON OLIVA'S PAIN] album. Most of them will make it on the actual CD and others are bonus tracks required for different regions of the world and releases (we know, that sucks!). Tom Morris, our most patient and competent engineer, dialed in my drums and Kevin's bass tones in no time flat. Honestly, the drums and bass have the biggest, fattest, warm and punchiest tones yet. A lot of that is due to the fact that we will be recording in high-definition CD quality... a huge jump from the process used on 'Maniacal Renderings'. And as this is the foundation for the rest of the CD, it was a relief to hear such pleasant and exciting sounds coming from the studio speakers.... Crushing and mammoth would be an understatement, and the smile on Tom's face said it all! We managed to get two songs down to tape on day one... and planned to spread the rest of remaining 12 songs over the next two days." More...

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Alchemist, Nahemah Confirmed For Progpower Europe

ALCHEMIST from down-under Australia will come back to Europe again and returns to ProgPower Europe to headline the event on Saturday, October 6. The band is really looking forward to this, their performance on ProgPower Europe 2004 was one of the highlights of their European trip. The band will do a European tour to promote the new album that will see daylight around August/September, it probably will be the only Dutch gig because the band wants to visit some other countries than they did last time.

Spanish newcomers NAHEMAH are also confirmed for ProgPower Europe 2007, the band also will play on the 6th as well. NAHEMAH recently impressed many people with their debut album “The Second Philosophy”, the band is compared to OPETH but with an own style.

The line-up for this year’s edition of ProgPower is almost complete: More...

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Jon Oliva's Pain To Headline ProgPower '07

JON OLIVA'S PAIN have been confirmed to headline ProgPower Europe 2007 on Sunday, October 7th, 2007. The festival will announce 2 or 3 more bands this weekend.

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Update From Jon Oliva's Pain

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, has issued the following update:

"Just wanted to drop a quick line and let everyone know that the band has returned to U.S. soil [from its recent European tour]... and frankly, we cannot wait to leave again.

"The fans and promoters treated us with the utmost respect and appreciation for our performances and the effort we made to help make their festivals/shows the best possible. Metal Dayz at Z7 [in Pratteln, Switzerland] was not only our final show of the tour, but the best performance we have had to date. It was magical onstage that night. Everything clicked in perfect harmony and Oliva's voice was absolutely perfect. The next day, we reflected on what we had set out to accomplish. We could leave Europe very satisfied....and the fans seemed to be as well.

"After a 20-hour trip home, we all need a couple of days to get our lives back in order. The release is just three weeks away and then we must begin rehearsing for our tour in support of 'Maniacal Renderings'. Greece, Turkey, Russia, and the rest of Europe are all part of that plan.

"So it is with sincere appreciation that we thank the 80,000 fans for making us all feel so welcome and for being such an important part of every show. It is always a pleasure to meet everyone and to witness the satisfaction on their faces first hand. After all, we are people just like everyone else. We put our shoes on the same way and experience the same highs and lows as you do. And we never, ever forget that without you... there is no where for us to play and no outlet for JOP's music.

"Thank you all... We are going to do it all over again very soon!"

JON OLIVA'S PAIN has posted four songs — "Through the Eyes of the King", "Playing God", "Push It to the Limit" and "Maniacal Renderings" — from its upcoming sophomore album, "Maniacal Renderings", on its MySpace page.

"Maniacal Renderings" is scheduled for release on September 1 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2004's "'Tage Mahal" was once again recorded at Audio Lab Studios in Tampa, Florida and is described in a press release as "a more progressive, complex and dramatic edge without sacrificing any of the songwriting quality that fans have come to expect during Oliva's 25-year career." 14 songs are scheduled to be released in three different versions for Europe, Japan and the U.S. An EP, "Straight-Jacket Memoirs", consisting of two new studio tracks and two live tracks from the 2006 tour was made available in June when the band made its appearance at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Germany.

As previously reported, JON OLIVA'S PAIN has been confirmed as the headliner of next year's ProgPower UK festival, set to take place March 31, 2007 in Chelltenham, England. Also scheduled to appear are SCAR SYMMETRY, CLOUDSCAPE, DREAMSCAPE and HAGGARD. Oliva and company will perform for 100 minutes and will include songs from JON OLIVA'S PAIN and a healthy assault of SAVATAGE classics.

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Jon Oliva's Pain Cancel Acoustic Show In Cologne

JON OLIVA'S PAIN have issued the following update:

"Unfortunately the JOP acoustic show in Cologne, Germany (June 28th) had to be cancelled due to organizational reasons. JOP's booking agency is trying to fix a new date for this show."

Jon Oliva's Pain have scheduled in-store signing sessions on Friday, June 30th at 5 PM at Saturn Nürnberg in Nürnberg, Germany, and in Frankfurt, Germany at Musikladen Frankfurt (Stiftstr. 9 - 17, 60313) on July 5th at 5 PM.

Jon Oliva's Pain are issuing their new album, Maniacal Renderings, via AFM Records. A five-song EP called Straight Jacket Memoirs was released on June 23rd featuring three new songs from the upcoming CD and two live tracks. According to the label these live tracks were recorded during the band's European tour in April and not during the 2004 - 2005 'Tage Mahal tour as originally announced. More...

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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

APO REITER
ARCH ENEMY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
CALIBAN
COMMUNIC
DEATHSTARS
EDGUY
EKTOMORF
ENSIFERUM
EQUILIBRIUM
EVERGREY
GOREFEST
HAMMERFALL
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
JUSTICE
KATAKLYSM
KNORKATOR
LORDI
MENDEED
NEVERMORE
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
OPETH
RAGE
SATYRICON
SAXON
SCAR SYMMETRY
SODOM
SOILWORK
TESTAMENT
THREAT SIGNAL
VENOM
WINTERSUN

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Jon Oliva's Pain Details Revealed About Greek Tour

Jon Oliva's Pain, the new band led by Savatage mastermind Jon Oliva, have announced the venue details for the Greek portion of their upcoming tour, which is scheduled to take place in December. The dates are as follows:

Dec. 18 – Thessaloniki, GRE @ Hydrogios
Dec. 19 – Athens, GRE @ Rodon Live!
Dec. 20 – Athens, GRE @ AN club (acoustic show)

It is important to note that the all-acoustic show (Dec. 20) will a completely different performance from the two electric shows. Fans can expect to hear most of the new album, "'Tage Mahal", as well as feast of old-school Savatage. Support at the shows will come from Wheelrunner. A possibility exists that a second support act to the bill.

As previously reported, Jon Oliva's Pain will perform a hometown show at Boomerz Boiler Room in Seminole, FL on December 11.

Jon Oliva's Pain's debut album, "'Tage Mahal", was released in Europe on October 25 through SPV Records. The U.S. release date is set for January 2005. More information is available at www.jonoliva.net.

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Jon Oliva's Pain begins 2004-2005 World Tour

Jon Oliva's Pain, the band featuring Savatage Mastermind Jon Oliva, announces the beginning of the 2004/2005 World Tour in support of his solo debut titled 'Tage Mahal!

Tampa FL., hometown to Oliva and the band, will begin the tour at Boomerz Boiler Room in Seminole FL, and then on to Greece for 3 shows. The band will perform 2 electric shows in both Athens, and Thessaloniki, and a very special "once in a lifetime all acoustic show" in Athens.
Jon Oliva - "The Greek fans are clearly one of the biggest supporters of my music over the last 20 years, I just wanted the chance to give something back to them for all their incredible dedication to me, Savatage, and now my new project, Pain. Performing an all acoustic show for the Greek fans is going to be very special for me, and the band. I can't wait... expect lots of surprises!"

Dates are confirmed - Venues to be announced in the coming days: More...

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New Jon Oliva's Pain Sound Clips Available

Sound-clips from the solo debut of Savatage mastermind, Jon Oliva, are now up on the band’s website. The album, titled ‘Tage Mahal, will be released through SPV Records on October 25 in Europe and October 26 in the US. Also, there will be a listening party for the entire album in the framework of the pre-party of Prog-Power V in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 16th 2004 at the Vinyl Club. Jon Oliva’s Pain will perform at the Prog-Festival on Friday, Sept 17, along with a special performance by both present and former members of Savatage. Please find all the details at the official site of the event www.progpowerusa.com.

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Jon Oliva Changes Solo Project To Jon Oliva's Pain

Due to possible trade-name conflicts and to avoid “consumer confusion” with the previously announced band name 'Tage Mahal, the name of Oliva’s solo project has been changed to Jon Oliva’s Pain . The title of the record will be called ‘Tage Mahal . The bands management realized that there is an established blues artist in Europe who has been using a similar band name for decades.

The solo debut release date for Savatage mastermind, Jon Oliva, has been set for October 25 in Europe and October 26th in the US . SPV Records will handle distribution worldwide. SPV has expressed incredible enthusiasm for this release after listening to the final master a few weeks ago. Final artwork and packaging is being completed with a massive promotional campaign to begin shortly. An extensive US and European tour will follow soon after. This record is the first installment of a 3-part series which will be followed by a box set release which will include all 3-releases, a live DVD, along with live and studio outtakes from both the recording sessions and the tours to follow.

Jon Oliva’s Pain will debut the new material live at the sold-out Prog-Power V Metal Festival in Atlanta, Georgia on September 16. Also appearing that night will be a performance by Savatage members, both past and present.

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