October 22, 2004

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick will be performing with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (East) at the following dates in November/December:

Nov. 11 - Charleston WV @ Municipal Aud Theater
Nov. 12 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater
Nov. 13 - Ft Wayne IN @ Allen County War Memorial
Nov. 14 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Center
Nov. 15 - Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Center
Nov. 17 – Raleigh, NC @ Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 18 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
Nov. 19 - Johnson City, TN @ Freedom Hall
Nov. 20 – Greensboro, NC @ War Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 21 – Columbia, SC @ The Township Auditoirum
Nov. 23 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum
Nov. 24 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
Nov. 26 – Hartford, CT @ Civic Center
Nov. 27 – Providence, RI @ Performing Arts Center
Nov. 28 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
Nov. 30 – Toronto, ONT @ Air Canada Center-Sears Theater
Dec. 01 – Buffalo, NY @ Sheas
Dec. 02 – Erie, PA @ Erie Civic Center
Dec. 03 - Wilkes- Barre, PA @ Wachovia Arena
Dec. 04 - Wilkes- Barre, PA @ Wachovia Arena
Dec. 05 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
Dec. 08 – Toledo, OH @ Seagate Convention Center
Dec. 09 – Cincinnatti, OH @ US Bank Arena Theatre
Dec. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Dec. 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
Dec. 12 – Dayton, OH @ Nutter Center
Dec. 14 – Baltimore, MD @ Mariner Arena
Dec. 15 - Washington D.C. @ Patriot Center
Dec. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
Dec. 17 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Dec. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Dec. 19 - Grand Rapids, WI @ Van Andel Arena
Dec. 21 – Syracuse, NY @ On Center
Dec. 22 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
Dec. 23 – Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
Dec. 26 – Camden, NJ/Philly @ Spectrum
Dec. 27 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Dec. 28 – Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Ctr
Dec. 29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Dec. 30 – Boston, MA @ Fleet Center

As previously reported, ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by Skolnick, released their latest album, "Transformation", last month through Magna Carta's offshoot label Magnatude Records. Original compositions , which fill just over half the album, are accompanied by new arrangements of tunes by JUDAS PRIEST, DIO, DEEP PURPLE, and more. There is some new sonic territory in the covers; from the fiery Middle Eastern section in DEEP PURPLE's "Highway Star", to the Latin acoustic flavor of DIO's "Don't Talk To Strangers". Similarly, the originals cover a wide range of styles: from Alex's ethereal ballad "Fear Of Flying", to the surf/blues of "Both Feet In" (penned by drummer Matt Zebroski) and Alex's creative composition and title track, "Transformation", which combines a driving rock beat with jazz harmony, a rock guitar solo section and a haunting, catchy melody sung by all three members. This melody is enhanced by the cello of special guest Dave Eggar (who has recently played with such jazz greats as Michael Brecker and Dianne Reeves). Another special guest, Grammy nominee Charlie Hunter, comes aboard on his eight-string guitar/bass hybrid for Alex's funk/jazz composition, "Scorch".

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