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...

Band profile: Jon Oliva's Pain
Posted: 24.04.2011 by Nefarious


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Valentin B - 24.04.2011 at 01:51  
I don't listen to JOP usually, but this recording of the Savatage cover is incredible: rest in peace, the guitar work on that thing is excellent.
jonnyt - 24.04.2011 at 02:58  
Matt was a great guitarist and nice guy rip
MetalSpider - 24.04.2011 at 03:17  
Not a band that I really listened to but that still sucks! rip
Elodie Artour - 24.04.2011 at 15:58  
Honestly, I have never heard of this band before but given what a person and musician he used to be, such news are devastating.

RIP, Matt!
WorpeX - 24.04.2011 at 17:24  
Wow, that is so sudden... Matt was an incredible guitarist. I really wish I had gotten to see him live. RIP Matt...
Bad English - 24.04.2011 at 17:25  
One more RIP
WAMMI - 25.04.2011 at 00:05  
This is really sad R.I.P. Matt!
Music4TheSpirit - 25.04.2011 at 08:02  
RIP : (
Dark Blood - 25.04.2011 at 21:22  
RIP man.

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