SAVATAGE Announce PITRELLI's Return To Group's Ranks

April 9, 2002

SAVATAGE have officially rejoined forces with former MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli. As a result of this develoment, the group will no longer be requiring the services of SEVEN WITCHES axeman Jack Frost, who filled in for Pitrelli during the latter's tenure with Mustaine and co.

"Me and the boys have remained friends in the past couple of years, touring together on a lot of the same bills last summer,” Pitrelli said in a statement. “I was also fortunate enough to work closely with Paul, Jon, and Bob as their musical director on one of the touring companies of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA this past season. I can't wait to get back in the studio with the all the boys and make a great SAVATAGE record!”

Founding member Jon Oliva says: “For the past five years, we haven't recorded without Al in either SAVATAGE or TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. When we heard [MEGADETH mainman] Dave Mustaine was calling it quits we felt it was natural that [Al] step up his involvement with us.”

Bassist Johnny Lee Middleton continues: “We would like to thank Jack Frost for the time he spent with us. He was a wonderful friend and a total gentlemen, as well as a great performer and musician. We hope to work with him in the future.”

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