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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.
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.
Ben Jackson and Midnight of Crimson Glory fame have been confirmed as special guests at ProgPower USA V on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18 Earthlink Live in Atlanta. The duo made their last appearance together in June at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles’ "Six Pack" festival in June, where they performed a rare acoustic set together. Jackson and Midnight will join previously announced special guest Timo Kotipelto (Kotipelto, Stratovarius) and vocalist Rob Rock.
ProgPower USA V will be headlined by current and former members of Savatage, uniting for one night only, along with Edguy, Kamelot, Pain of Salvation, Wuthering Heights, Dreamscape, Adagio, Brainstorm, Tad Morose, and Into Eternity.
The show officially sold out in early May, making it the third consecutive year ProgPower has sold out more than four months in advance.
For more information on the event, go to www.progpowerusa.com.
BW&BK is reporting at their site bravewords.com that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed that he has been in talks with Annihilator guitar legend Jeff Waters about him possibly joining the ranks of the newly rejuvenated thrash legends.
"I’ve been talking to one of your countrymen about playing with me and it looks pretty good," Mustaine revealed about his recent communication with Waters.
"We’ve been talking quite a lot and my only fear is that he’s so good and he’s a leader of his own thing and this is an institution here, it’s a worldwide thing and, you know. I’ve already had some struggles with bringing in a hired gun that was a leader of another situation with Alan (Pitrelli). Alan’s a good guy, good player. I don’t think that he really could take going from being a leader in Savatage and TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) to being, you know, second, or actually fourth, in Megadeth. I don’t think he could handle it. That’s my only fear about working with Jeff is that he’s a leader of his own thing.
But, we’re talkin’ and we’re talkin’ and I’m passionate about what I want to do and it may very well happen. We’ve obviously started a friendship and I’ve known of him for years. It may just be that this is a combination that will put him on the map and give me some stability because I have a lot of friends that are Canadian and every one of them is just fucking righteous."
This isn't the first time that a Mustaine-Waters collaboration has been spoken about. Waters was rumored to replace Jeff Young (So Far, So Good...So What! era) in the late '80s. More...
Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick recently took part in the premier of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Concert", featuring a 30-piece orchestra. " It was simultaneously one of my most challenging and most rewarding musical experiences," Alex said. "To play in such a situation requires a lot of focus and concentration. You have to give it all your energy but still not lose your place with the sheet music and with the conductor (make a mistake and it's VERY obvious!). But when it all comes together it's something else. The music covers a lot of territory, from suspense to cabaret to pop and driving rock. Some sections were like an electric guitar concerto. It was funny to think back to the very early days of TESTAMENT in those sweaty dive bars; I never could have imagined I'd one day be surrounded by strings, brass, woodwinds, classical percussion and a conductor. It was a thrill to work hands on with creator/composer Frank Wildhorn. For now it's looking like our next round of performances is the week of September 8th at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut (with an eight-piece ensemble) with more large orchestra performances as a future possibility. Even if you're not a Broadway fan, you'll probably enjoy this, as it's got a rock edge both in the story and the music (at one time Sebastian Bach was in the lead role). Check out this show if you can!"
Damond Jiniya, the singer from Savatage, has completed his solo project, The Neglected. The band features members of "Lover of Sin"and "Diet of Worms". The music can be described as True Metal, musically in the vein of Judas Preist and early Metallica, but still with a unique sound of it's own. The Neglected is currently seeking representation. The record has an expected world-wide release of Fall 2004. You can check out some mp3 samples here.
Current and former members of Savatage will unite for one night only to headline ProgPower V this September in Atlanta.
The festival, which will be held September 17 and 18 at Earthlink Live, will feature Jon Oliva, Zak Stevens, Chris Caffery, and Steve "Dr. Kill Drums" Wacholz performing a set from Savatage's entire discography in an exclusive performance. In addition to the full set, fans can expect a sneak preview of Jon Oliva's "Tage Mahal."
"I'm really excited about this show," said Stevens. "The last time I did a full show with these guys was at the PopComm Festival in Germany 1999. I've been waiting for the right time for us to get together. That time has come and where better than the ProgPower festival?" More...
JON OLIVA, founder member and mastermind of SAVATAGE, has embarked on a new adventure. Jon has been writing material for a solo album for several years and has now begun the process of bringing that music to life. Jon has recruited the former members of CircleIICircle to peform a series of concerts showcasing his new solo material as well as classic Savatage material. Some of that Sava-material has never been performed live on stage, so this will be a real treat for Sava-fans everywhere. Jon's voice is in excellent shape and he is handling all the lead vocal duties at these shows. The response from the fans at these first shows has been nothing short of incredible. Some will remember Jon debuting some of his new material at the Criss Oliva Memorial Concert back in October. Jon is also toying with the idea of taking this show on the road in the US and possibly overseas. It is likely that the band (Matt Laporte-guitar, Kevin Rothney-bass, Christopher Kinder-drums, and John Zahner-Keyboards) will return to the studio with Jon to record more tracks for this solo project. There is no information available on a possible release date.