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Widow Of Original SAVATAGE Guitarist CRISS OLIVA Passes Away

Dawn Marae Oliva, widow of original SAVATAGE guitarist Criss Oliva, passed away on Tuesday (Jan. 11). No cause of death has yet been revealed. As most SAVATAGE fans know, in the early morning hours of October 17, 1993 Criss Oliva and Dawn were en route to the Livestock Festival in Zephyrhills, Florida when tragedy struck. ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist Writing Music For KID ROCK

SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery is currently writing music for the next KID ROCK album, which he hopes to submit by February, according to Caffery's latest posting on his official web site. Caffery's solo debut, "Faces", is scheduled to receive a North American release next Tuesday (Jan. 18) via The End Records. The ...

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SEVEN WITCHES To Film Allentown Show For Upcoming DVD

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, will be filming their February 12 show in Allentown, PA on for an upcoming DVD, "Year of the Witch", tentatively due later in the year. The band are expected to perform material from all five of their albums, including their ...

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TAD MOROSE: New Album, DVD On The Way

TAD MOROSE guitarist Christer "Krunt" Andersson has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "So it is that time of year when everybody is trying to look back on everything that happened during past year again. For us in TAD MOROSE it has been a very nice year. We got to do ...

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SEVEN WITCHES Guitarist Inks Endorsement Deal With BC RICH

New York metal guitar workhorse Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, ex-SAVATAGE), who has appeared on more than twenty albums since he burst on to the metal scene in 1994 with his band FROSTBITE, has inked an endorsement deal with BC Rich. The list of musicians that Jack has had the pleasure to call fellow band members ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER: Release Date Set For New Solo Album

Frontiers Records has set a February 21, 2005 release date for the new studio album by Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), entitled "The Usual Suspects". Regarding the CD, Turner said in a press release, "I have been defined many times in my career and identified with many rock genres from blues to ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN: Greek Set List Revealed

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the solo project of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, performed two electric shows in Greece as part of their world tour (tour kick-off was in Florida on Dec. 11). During Sunday night's (Dec. 19) performance in Athens, Jon Oliva dedicated SAVATAGE's "Ghost In The Ruins" to DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist ALEX SKOLNICK: DIMEBAG Was One Of The Best Metal Players Out There

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "I was watching CNN early this morning when they cut to the scene of a conert shooting in Columbus. I was sure it was some local band, then they showed the pictures of Darrell. I ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist: 'We Were Stripped Of A Modern-Day Guitar Legend'

SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "Recently we were suddenly stripped [of] a modern-day guitar legend. Darrell was one of the few guitarists in history that had his own unique spot. His own style, his own sound. "When you hear someone say 'the Eddie ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER: 'The Usual Suspects' Track Listing Revealed

Frontiers Records has announced the details of the highly anticipated new studio album from Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE), entitled "The Usual Suspects". The album was produced by Bob Held and Joe Lynn Turner and will feature a host of well-known faces (hence the album title "The Usual Suspects" because many of his favorite ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the new band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, OVERKILL, AMON AMARTH, THE HAUNTED, MASTERPLAN, ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: New Album Details Revealed

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have completed work on their sophomore album, "Middle of Nowhere", due in late February 2005 through AFM Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Watching In Silence", "Middle of Nowhere" was produced by Stevens with Jim Morris and Dan Campbell and features the songwriting ...

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Hard Rock Musicians To Perform At Christmas Charity Event

Current and former members of QUIET RIOT, ZEBRA, NIGHT RANGER, DIO, W.A.S.P., YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ENUFF Z'NUFF, GEEZER and SAVATAGE are among the musicians scheduled to take part in the 8th annual Rock 4 X-MAS Christmas charity event held on December 4 at Wildwood Bowl in Riverhead, NY. The concert will raise money for Nassau, Suffolk ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN: More Details Revealed About Greek Tour

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the new band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, have announced the venue details for the Greek portion of their upcoming tour, which is scheduled to take place in December. The dates are as follows: Dec. 18 – Thessaloniki, GRE @ Hydrogios Dec. 19 – Athens, GRE @ Rodon Live! Dec. 20 ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Change Title Of New Album

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have changed the projected title of their sophomore album to "Middle of Nowhere" from the previously announced "Faces In the Dark". The follow-up to 2003's "Watching In Silence" is due in late February 2005 through AFM Records. The pre-production for the CD ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN: First Tour Dates Announced

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the new band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, have announced the first dates of their 2004/2005 world tour in support of Oliva's solo debut, entitled "'Tage Mahal". The first show will take place in the group's hometown of Tampa, FL and will be followed by three dates in Greece. The band ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist To Tour With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

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 ...

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CRESCENT SHIELD: Demo Recordings Available For Download

CRESCENT SHIELD, the new "high-energy power/traditional metal" band featuring the talents of vocalist Michael Grant (ONWARD), guitarist Dan Delucie (DESTINY'S END), drummer Craig Anderson (ENGINE), and bassist Melanie Sisneros (SINERGY, THE IRON MAIDENS, NEW EDEN), have posted three demo tracks at their official web site. The songs "Last Of My Kind", "Await The Champion" and ...

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SAVATAGE, SEVEN WITCHES, JAG PANZER Members To Share Thoughts And Experiences Online

Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES) and Mark Briody (JAG PANZER) have been appointed "very special editors" of Greece's Metal-Temple.com webzine. Caffery, Frost and Briody will be "sharing their very own thoughts with everybody!" reads a Metal-Temple.com press release. "All this will be happening right in our magazine's forum, free ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Announce New Lineup

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have announced the details of their new lineup. Commented Stevens: "Zak says, We have been very careful to select only the best musicians for the new band. All of these guys came highly recommended by a very good friend of ours, John ...

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Ashes Of The Wake - LAMB OF GOD

LAMB OF GOD leads the pack in what some are already calling "the New Wave of American Heavy Metal." While we're not quick to start categorizing things again — after all, look what happened to the so-called "nu metal" movement — it seems clear that there's some sort of underground uprising that's been occurring, and ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Set Working Title For Sophomore Album

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have set "Faces In the Dark" as the working title of their second album, tentatively due in early 2005 through AFM Records. The pre-production for the CD was completed at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida. Owned and operated by hit songwriter ...

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