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Jon Oliva's Pain - Guitarist Matt LaPorte Passes Away

Official press release

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.

Matt was a fan of all kinds of music and instruments, having even embarked on a mission to conquer the hammered dulcimer... one of the hardest instruments to play. He was always trying to expand his musical horizons and influences. He marveled at the musical greats, both old and new. He was never one to rate his talents above others and often commented about the great new music and artists he had just discovered.

Criss Oliva was without a doubt his most profound influence, and anyone who saw him play Savatage songs knew that Criss was channeling his talents via Matt. Matt's attention to detail and always striving to play everything perfect is without comparison. We would sit for hours during rehearsals with him muddling over whether a guitar chord was played exactly as recorded. Sometimes frustrating, but always appreciated in the end. He was the professionals' professional when it came to his guitar skills, and the loss of such a talent will be forever felt.

Matt was a gentle soul, and would avoid conflict at all costs. He got along with everyone and greeted all with a smile on his face. There was a shyness and almost embarrassment felt by him from the adoration of his fans around the world... and he had many.

He was humbled by the love and respect music fans gave to him, but in a quiet way, that made him work just a little bit harder. He had a hilarious, twisted and often sarcastic sense of humor that was unique to him. A very funny man indeed.

We miss you terribly Matt, and we will celebrate your music and life each and every day. That great band in the sky just got a whole lot better, and you are in the most peaceful place you could have ever hoped for. Until we meet again...


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Posted: 24.04.2011 by Nefarious | Comments (9)

Jon Oliva's Pain - Guitarist And Bassist Sitting Out Tour

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.

Taking over bass duties for the tour is Tampa's phenom-bass player, Jason Gaines. With credits such as Basic Rock Outfit, and Groove Altar, he is one of the most sought after and busiest bass players around. We are grateful to find such a talent to round out the line-up for these shows.

Rehearsals are going great and we will be ready to bring the JOP/Savatage catalog to life in just a few days. See you at the State Theatre and on tour in Europe beginning September 28th in Berlin, Germany. Don't forget the live DVD filming at The 013 in Tilburg, Holland on October 15th!"

Upcoming JOP tour dates include:

17.09.2010 - USA - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
28.09.2010 - DE - Berlin @ Halford
29.09.2010 - CR- Praque @ Exit Club
01.10.2010 - DE - Gunzendorf @ Prog Metal Night
02.10.2010 - DE - Essen @ Turock
03.10.2010 - NL - Baarlo @ Progpower Europe 2010
05.10.2010 - DE - Hamburg @ New Ballroom
06.10.2010 - DE - Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
08.10.2010 - DE - Köln @ Werkstat
09.10.2010 - DE - Memmingen @ Kaminwerk
10.10.2010 - DE - Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
12.10.2010 - FR - Colmar @ Grillen
13.10.2010 - CH - Pratteln @ Z7
15.10.2010 - NL - Tilburg @ 013 (Live DVD Concert)
16.10.2010 - BE - Vosselar @ BieboB


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Posted: 06.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Jon Oliva's Pain - New Album Title And Release Date Revealed

The following update was posted on Jon Oliva's Pain's MySpace blog:

"The new Jon Oliva's Pain CD titled Festival will be released worldwide by AFM Records on February 19th, 2010.

A March/April Euro-Tour will be confirmed soon culminating with the filming of a live DVD consisting of music from the 4 Jon Oliva's Pain CD's and a healthy dose of Savatage classics!

More details coming soon!"


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Posted: 05.11.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

Jon Oliva's Pain - Samples From Upcoming Album Online

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.


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Posted: 09.02.2008 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Jon Oliva's Pain - North American Tour With Circle II Circle And Manticora

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 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."

Manticora's Lars Larsen states "For us, this is a great opportunity as we now get the chance to start in Europe with Oliva and then finish the party in North America with one of our biggest inspirations."

Dates to be announced soon.


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Posted: 07.02.2008 by Bararey | Comments (6)

Jon Oliva's Pain - New Album In May, Tour Dates

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!):


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
03.05.2008 Florence (IT), Viper Club
06.05.2008 Vitoria (ES), Azkena
07.05.2008 Madrid (ES), Caracol
08.05.2008 Barcelona (ES), Salamandra 1
10.05.2008 Athens (GR), Gagarin
11.05.2008 Thessaloniki (GR), venue tba
13.05.2008 Essen (DE), Turock
14.05.2008 Tilburg (NL), 013


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Posted: 26.01.2008 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Jon Oliva's Pain - Sign With AFM Records

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!"

In a press release the album was described as: "a more progressive, complex and dramatic edge without sacrificing any of the song writing quality that fans have come to expect during Oliva's 25-year career."

Before the release of the new album Jon Olivia's Pain had announced some dates around europe, in which they will playing some songs from the new album for the press and "a few lucky fans" backstage.

The dates are the following:

Apr. 15 - Gysenberghalle - Herne, GER
Apr. 16 - Löwensaal - Nuremberg, GER
Apr. 18 - Planet Music - Wien, AUT
Apr. 19 - Wighwam - Budapest, HUN
Apr. 21 - Rainbow - Milan, ITA
Apr. 22 - Tempo Rock - Reggio Emilia, ITA
Apr. 24 - Backstage - Munich, GER
Apr. 26 - Deboerderij - Zoetermeer, NETH
Apr. 28 - Juz Live Club - Andernach, GER
Apr. 29 - Oktoberhallen - Aalst, BEL (Pestpop Festival)
Apr. 30 - venue TBA - Aalst, BEL (Acoustic show)
Jun. 23-24 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, GER
Jul. 08 - Rock Harz Open Air Osterode - Dorste, Lower Saxony, GER


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Posted: 23.03.2006 by Metalforthespirit | Comments (0)