It is with great heartache and sorrow that we relay the passing of our dear friend, band-mate, guitarist and brother Matthew LaPorte. Matt passed away in his home shortly after 6 pm on Wednesday. No information regarding his cause of death is currently available.
Matt was a brilliant guitar player on all levels. He understood that instrument better than almost anyone. His knowledge of music in general was just amazing. His contributions to JOP and every band he ever played with was also without measure. He was truly a one-guitar army when he needed to be and his solo performances on all the Jon Oliva's Pain cd's will forever send chills down our spines. A near 20- year history and friendship with one of the true greats has now ended and we are deeply saddened.
Both Jon Oliva's Pain's bassist and guitarist won't appear on the band's upcoming European tour. The band issued the following statement:
"Due to personal obligations here at home, bassist Kevin Rothney (ex-Circle II Circle) and guitarist Tom McDyne will be unable to join us for this show and the upcoming tour. Everything possible was done to insure that they would be able to attend, and we will miss not having them with JOP for this tour. So, please welcome back Jerry Outlaw on guitar. Many will remember Jerry from JOP's past tours in support of our first release, Tage Mahal. Jerry is one of the most brilliant guitar players anywhere. His stellar tribute band to Frank Zappa (Bogus Pomp), is one of the most recognized Zappa bands in the world. Check him out for yourselves on the net.
New sound-clips from Jon Oliva's Pain's "Global Warning" are now up for your listening pleasure! Samples from the tracks "Before I Hang", "Adding The Cost", "Firefly", "Open Up Your Eyes" and "You Never Know" can be found at this location.
AFM Records is set to release Jon Oliva's Pain's "Global Warning" on March 8th and Circle II Circle's "Delusions Of Grandeur" on April 25th.
The following was posted on Jon Oliva's Pain's my space page:
Jon Oliva's Pain, Circle II Circle, & Manticora will team-up for the first leg of the North American "Global Intrusions" tour this fall. This marks the first time that Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) & Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage) have toured together since their days in Savatage in 1999.
"Wow, it's certainly been a while since I have been able to get back on the road here in America...it must be snowing in hell. It's going to be great touring in support of what I consider one of the best records of my career. We really pulled out all the stops for this one. Touring with Zak and the Circle II Circle guys is going to be a treat as well, especially for Savatage fans. We've got a few tricks up our sleeves so don't miss out as it may never happen again. Looking forward to seeing all of you soon" said Oliva. Stevens adds, "It's always special to perform on the same bill with Jon Oliva, especially here in the States! Obviously Jon has been a huge influence on my musical career and I remain one of his biggest fans. This tour will be a special event for all our fans that have enjoyed our work throughout the Savatage years and now into the new generation of Jon Oliva's Pain and Circle II Circle music."
After the great "Maniacal Renderings" album, the guys around Jon Oliva will put another log on the fire. The new studioalbum "Global Warning" will be released on March 21. The first audio samples announce another brilliant album of the band, based around the voice of Savatage. If you would like to hear the new material live, you can check out the live show of Jon Oliva's Pain at the following dates (Savatage classics included!):
JON OLIVA'S PAIN TOURDATES
25.04.2008 Haugesund (NO), Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
26.04.2008 Copenhagen (DK), The Rock
28.04.2008 Aschaffenburg (DE), Colos-Saal
29.04.2008 Wien (AT), Planet Music
01.05.2008 Pratteln (CH), Z7
02.05.2008 Piacenza (IT), Fillmore
Jon Oliva's Project "Jon Oliva's Pain" have inked a deal with AFM Records for the release of the a new album. The album tentatively entitled "Maniacal Renderings" is set to be released on Sepetmber 2006. The album was recorded (on more time) at Audio Lab Studios in Tampa, Florida.
Oliva Commented on the deal with AFM: "AFM was the obvious choice for us. Complete dedication to their bands, in both support and marketing, is the reason we have made this critical move. The next record for JON OLIVA'S PAIN is taking on a new and more intense direction. We needed a label that not only understood what we are trying to do, but embraced it with genuine excitement. Knowing that your record company is really pumped about the new music helps to drive the recording process to a whole new level of intensity....We're going to push every button possible!"