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Streets Narrated Version + Video Collection

Savatage release the final chapter of their succesful re-issue series
“Streets: A Rock Opera. Narrated Version + The Video Collection (CD+DVD)”
on September 27th, 2013 via earMUSIC

Press Release

New Merchandise Page

Our new merchandise page can now be found at savatage.shop.bravadousa.com/.

or by clicking the merchandise link above.

Remembering Jack Gartley

Jack Gartley, a long time friend and Savatage Drum Tech recently passed away. He was known to us as "Happy Jack" and he worked for Savatage from the Mountain King days til The Handul of Rain Tour. He was a great friend. No matter how bad things were on the road you could count on a smile and a laugh from Jack. We will miss him dearly.

Rest In Peace my friend

- Savatage

savatage - still the orchestra plays

earMusic/Edel Records will be releasing a brand new Savatage release on March 2, 2010 in Europe. "Still the Orchestra Plays: Greatest Hits Volume #1 & 2" will contain newly remastered versions of many Savatage classics along with three previously unreleased acoustic recordings. A special limited edition version will include a bonus dvd with the "Japan Live" show from 1994, which will be avaliable for the first time on DVD!

Savatage - Still The Orchestra Plays - March 2, 2010

CD-1: Greatest Hits Volume #1:

1. Power Of The Night
2. Hall Of The Mountain King
3. 24 Hours Ago
4. Legions
5. Gutter Ballet
6. Summers Rain
7. When The Crowds Are Gone
8. Ghost In The Ruins
9. If I Go Away
10. NYC Don't Mean Nothing
11. Edge Of Thorns
12. All That I Bleed

CD-2: Greatest Hits Volume #2:

1. Handful Of Rain
2. Chance
3. One Child
4. I Am
5. Anymore
6. Hourglass
7. The Wake Of Magellan
8. Morphine Child

Acoustic Bonus Tracks:  
9. Anymore
10. Not What You See
11. Out On The Streets

trans-siberian orchestra - spring tour dates 2010
Thu. Mar. 25, 2010 7:30 PM  Cincinnati, OH  Taft Theatre   
Fri. Mar. 26, 2010 8:00 PM  Akron, OH  EJ Thomas Perf. Arts Hall-Univ. of Akron   
Sat. Mar. 27, 2010 3:00 PM  Cleveland, OH  Playhouse Square Center - Palace Theater   
Sat. Mar. 27, 2010 8:00 PM  Cleveland, OH  Playhouse Square Center - Palace Theater   
Sun. Mar. 28, 2010 7:30 PM  Syracuse, NY  Landmark Theatre   
Wed. Mar. 31, 2010 7:30 PM  Providence, RI  Providence Performing Arts Center   
Thu. Apr. 01, 2010 7:30 PM  Boston, MA  The Wang Center For the Performing Arts   
Fri. Apr. 02, 2010 8:00 PM  Hartford, CT  The Bushnell Center For the Performing Arts   
Sat. Apr. 03, 2010 8:00 PM  Hershey, PA  Hershey Theatre   
Sun. Apr. 04, 2010 7:30 PM  Pittsburgh, PA  Benedum Center   
Mon. Apr. 05, 2010 7:30 PM  Erie, PA  Warner Theater   
Wed. Apr. 07, 2010 7:30 PM  Philadelphia, PA  Tower Theater   
Thu. Apr. 08, 2010 8:00 PM  New York, NY  Radio City Music Hall   
Fri. Apr. 09, 2010 8:00 PM  Wilkes Barre, PA  Kirby Center For the Performing Arts   
Sat. Apr. 10, 2010 8:00 PM  Albany, NY  Palace Theater   
Sun. Apr. 11, 2010 7:30 PM  Washington, DC  Warner Theater   
Tue. Apr. 13, 2010 7:30 PM  Toronto, ON  Massey Hall   
Thu. Apr. 15, 2010 7:30 PM  Buffalo, NY  Sheas Performing Center   
Fri. Apr. 16, 2010 8:00 PM  Columbus, OH  Palace Theater   
Sat. Apr. 17, 2010 8:00 PM  Chicago, IL  Chicago Theatre   
Sun. Apr. 18, 2010 7:30 PM  St. Louis, MO  Fox Theatre   
Tue. Apr. 20, 2010 7:30 PM  Grand Rapids, MI  Devos Performance Hall   
Wed. Apr. 21, 2010 7:30 PM  Detroit, MI  Detroit Opera House   
Thu. Apr. 22, 2010 7:30 PM  Milwaukee, WI  Riverside Theater   
Fri. Apr. 23, 2010 8:00 PM  Des Moines, IA  Civic Center of Greater Des Moines   
Sat. Apr. 24, 2010 8:00 PM  Minneapolis, MN  State Theater   
Sun. Apr. 25, 2010 7:30 PM  Kansas City, MO  Kansas City Music Hall   
Tue. Apr. 27, 2010 7:30 PM  Oklahoma City, OK  Civic Center Music Hall   
Wed. Apr. 28, 2010 7:30 PM  Amarillo, TX  Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum   
Fri. Apr. 30, 2010 8:00 PM  San Antonio, TX  San Antonio Municipal Auditorium   
Sat. May. 01, 2010 8:00 PM  Houston, TX  Verizon Wireless Theater   
Sun. May. 02, 2010 7:30 PM  Dallas, TX  Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie   
trans-siberian orchestra - night castle - available now!!!

The brand new release "Night Castle" from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, featuring the members of savatage has been officially released. You can order Night Castle through Amazon.com right now on CD or digital download.

For more information check out www.trans-siberian.com

catch the trans-siberian orchestra on tour
The trans-siberian orchestra 2009-10 holiday tour, featuring the members of Savatage, kicks off sunday november 1st. For more information check out www.trans-siberian.com
ate Time City Venue
Sun. Nov. 01, 2009 3:00 PM  Omaha, NE  Mid-America Center 
Sun. Nov. 01, 2009 7:30 PM  Omaha, NE  Mid-America Center 
Sun. Nov. 01, 2009 3:00 PM  Youngstown, OH  Covelli Centre 
Sun. Nov. 01, 2009 7:30 PM  Youngstown, OH  Covelli Centre 
Mon. Nov. 02, 2009 7:30 PM  Lansing, MI  Breslin Center 
Mon. Nov. 02, 2009 7:30 PM  Wichita, KS  Kansas Coliseum 
Tue. Nov. 03, 2009 8:00 PM  Denver, CO  Pepsi Center 
Wed. Nov. 04, 2009 3:30 PM  Colorado Springs, CO  World Arena 
Wed. Nov. 04, 2009 8:00 PM  Colorado Springs, CO  World Arena 
Thu. Nov. 05, 2009 7:30 PM  Richmond, VA  Richmond Coliseum 
Fri. Nov. 06, 2009 8:00 PM  Charleston, WV  Charleston Civic Center 
Sat. Nov. 07, 2009 3:00 PM  Dayton, OH  Nutter Center 
Sat. Nov. 07, 2009 8:00 PM  Dayton, OH  Nutter Center 
Sat. Nov. 07, 2009 3:00 PM  Peoria, IL  Peoria Civic Center 
Sat. Nov. 07, 2009 8:00 PM  Peoria, IL  Peoria Civic Center 
Sun. Nov. 08, 2009 3:00 PM  Green Bay, WI  Resch Center 
Sun. Nov. 08, 2009 7:30 PM  Green Bay, WI  Resch Center 
Sun. Nov. 08, 2009 3:00 PM  Toledo, OH  Lucas County Arena 
Sun. Nov. 08, 2009 7:30 PM  Toledo, OH  Lucas County Arena 
Mon. Nov. 09, 2009 7:30 PM  Madison, WI  Kohl Center 
Wed. Nov. 11, 2009 7:30 PM  Ottawa, ON  Scotiabank Place 
Thu. Nov. 12, 2009 7:30 PM  Fort Wayne, IN  Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 
Thu. Nov. 12, 2009 7:30 PM  Toronto, ON  Air Canada Centre 
Fri. Nov. 13, 2009 8:00 PM  Moline, IL  i wireless Center 
Fri. Nov. 13, 2009 8:00 PM  Rochester, NY  Blue Cross Arena 
Sat. Nov. 14, 2009 3:00 PM  Hartford, CT  XL Center 
Sat. Nov. 14, 2009 8:00 PM  Hartford, CT  XL Center 
Sat. Nov. 14, 2009 3:00 PM  Minneapolis, MN  Target Center 
Sat. Nov. 14, 2009 8:00 PM  Minneapolis, MN  Target Center 
Sun. Nov. 15, 2009 4:00 PM  Grand Forks, ND  Alerus Center 
Sun. Nov. 15, 2009 3:00 PM  Manchester, NH  Verizon Wireless Arena 
Sun. Nov. 15, 2009 7:30 PM  Manchester, NH  Verizon Wireless Arena 
Mon. Nov. 16, 2009 7:30 PM  Winnipeg, MB  MTS Centre 
Wed. Nov. 18, 2009 7:30 PM  Calgary, AB  Pengrowth Saddledome 
Wed. Nov. 18, 2009 4:00 PM  Providence, RI  Dunkin Donuts Center 
Wed. Nov. 18, 2009 8:00 PM  Providence, RI  Dunkin Donuts Center 
Thu. Nov. 19, 2009 7:30 PM  Worcester, MA  DCU Center 
Fri. Nov. 20, 2009 8:00 PM  Vancouver, BC  Pacific Coliseum 
Fri. Nov. 20, 2009 8:00 PM  Wilkes-Barre, PA  Wachovia Arena 
Sat. Nov. 21, 2009 3:00 PM  Philadelphia, PA  Wachovia Center 
Sat. Nov. 21, 2009 8:00 PM  Philadelphia, PA  Wachovia Center 
Sat. Nov. 21, 2009 3:00 PM  Seattle, WA  KeyArena at Seattle Center 
Sat. Nov. 21, 2009 8:00 PM  Seattle, WA  KeyArena at Seattle Center 
Sun. Nov. 22, 2009 3:00 PM  Hershey, PA  Giant Center 
Sun. Nov. 22, 2009 7:30 PM  Hershey, PA  Giant Center 
Sun. Nov. 22, 2009 3:00 PM  Portland, OR  Rose Garden Arena 
Sun. Nov. 22, 2009 7:30 PM  Portland, OR  Rose Garden Arena 
Wed. Nov. 25, 2009 4:00 PM  Greensboro, NC  Greensboro Coliseum Complex 
Wed. Nov. 25, 2009 8:00 PM  Greensboro, NC  Greensboro Coliseum Complex 
Wed. Nov. 25, 2009 4:00 PM  Salt Lake City, UT  EnergySolutions Arena 
Wed. Nov. 25, 2009 8:00 PM  Salt Lake City, UT  EnergySolutions Arena 
Fri. Nov. 27, 2009 3:00 PM  Greenville, SC  BI-LO Center 
Fri. Nov. 27, 2009 8:00 PM  Greenville, SC  BI-LO Center 
Fri. Nov. 27, 2009 3:00 PM  Reno, NV  Reno Events Center 
Fri. Nov. 27, 2009 8:00 PM  Reno, NV  Reno Events Center 
Sat. Nov. 28, 2009 8:00 PM  Charlotte, NC  Time Warner Cable Arena 
Sat. Nov. 28, 2009 3:00 PM  Sacramento, CA  Arco Arena 
Sat. Nov. 28, 2009 8:00 PM  Sacramento, CA  Arco Arena 
Sun. Nov. 29, 2009 3:00 PM  Columbia, SC  Colonial Life Arena 
Sun. Nov. 29, 2009 7:30 PM  Columbia, SC  Colonial Life Arena 
Sun. Nov. 29, 2009 3:00 PM  San Jose, CA  HP Pavilion 
Sun. Nov. 29, 2009 7:30 PM  San Jose, CA  HP Pavilion 
Wed. Dec. 02, 2009 7:30 PM  Fresno, CA  Save Mart Center 
Wed. Dec. 02, 2009 4:00 PM  Raleigh, NC  RBC Center 
Wed. Dec. 02, 2009 8:00 PM  Raleigh, NC  RBC Center 
Thu. Dec. 03, 2009 8:00 PM  Anaheim, CA  Honda Center 
Thu. Dec. 03, 2009 7:30 PM  Jacksonville, FL  Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 
Fri. Dec. 04, 2009 8:00 PM  San Diego, CA  San Diego Sports Arena 
Fri. Dec. 04, 2009 8:00 PM  Sunrise, FL  BankAtlantic Center 
Sat. Dec. 05, 2009 3:00 PM  Las Vegas, NV  Orleans Arena 
Sat. Dec. 05, 2009 8:00 PM  Las Vegas, NV  Orleans Arena 
Sat. Dec. 05, 2009 3:00 PM  Orlando, FL  Amway Arena 
Sat. Dec. 05, 2009 8:00 PM  Orlando, FL  Amway Arena 
Sun. Dec. 06, 2009 3:00 PM  Phoenix, AZ  Jobing.com Arena 
Sun. Dec. 06, 2009 8:00 PM  Phoenix, AZ  Jobing.com Arena 
Sun. Dec. 06, 2009 3:00 PM  Tampa, FL  St. Pete Times Forum 
Sun. Dec. 06, 2009 7:30 PM  Tampa, FL  St. Pete Times Forum 
Wed. Dec. 09, 2009 4:00 PM  Las Cruces, NM  Pan American Center 
Wed. Dec. 09, 2009 8:00 PM  Las Cruces, NM  Pan American Center 
Wed. Dec. 09, 2009 4:00 PM  Washington, DC  Verizon Center 
Wed. Dec. 09, 2009 8:00 PM  Washington, DC  Verizon Center 
Thu. Dec. 10, 2009 7:30 PM  Baltimore, MD  1st Mariner Arena 
Thu. Dec. 10, 2009 7:30 PM  Lubbock, TX  United Spirit Arena 
Fri. Dec. 11, 2009 8:00 PM  Tulsa, OK  BOK Center 
Fri. Dec. 11, 2009 8:00 PM  Uniondale, NY  Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
Sat. Dec. 12, 2009 3:00 PM  East Rutherford, NJ  Izod Center 
Sat. Dec. 12, 2009 8:00 PM  East Rutherford, NJ  Izod Center 
Sat. Dec. 12, 2009 3:00 PM  St. Louis, MO  Scottrade Center 
Sat. Dec. 12, 2009 8:00 PM  St. Louis, MO  Scottrade Center 
Sun. Dec. 13, 2009 2:30 PM  Albany, NY  Times Union Center 
Sun. Dec. 13, 2009 7:30 PM  Albany, NY  Times Union Center 
Sun. Dec. 13, 2009 3:00 PM  Milwaukee, WI  Bradley Center 
Sun. Dec. 13, 2009 7:30 PM  Milwaukee, WI  Bradley Center 
Wed. Dec. 16, 2009 4:00 PM  Memphis, TN  FedExForum 
Wed. Dec. 16, 2009 8:00 PM  Memphis, TN  FedExForum 
Wed. Dec. 16, 2009 3:00 PM  Pittsburgh, PA  Mellon Arena 
Wed. Dec. 16, 2009 8:00 PM  Pittsburgh, PA  Mellon Arena 
Thu. Dec. 17, 2009 7:30 PM  Lexington, KY  Rupp Arena 
Thu. Dec. 17, 2009 7:30 PM  New Orleans, LA  New Orleans Arena 
Fri. Dec. 18, 2009 8:00 PM  Bossier City, LA  CenturyTel Center 
Fri. Dec. 18, 2009 8:00 PM  Cincinnati, OH  US Bank Arena 
Sat. Dec. 19, 2009 3:00 PM  Cleveland, OH  Quicken Loans Arena 
Sat. Dec. 19, 2009 8:00 PM  Cleveland, OH  Quicken Loans Arena 
Sat. Dec. 19, 2009 3:00 PM  Little Rock, AR  North Little Rock Verizon Arena 
Sat. Dec. 19, 2009 8:00 PM  Little Rock, AR  North Little Rock Verizon Arena 
Sun. Dec. 20, 2009 3:00 PM  Cleveland, OH  Quicken Loans Arena 
Sun. Dec. 20, 2009 7:30 PM  Cleveland, OH  Quicken Loans Arena 
Sun. Dec. 20, 2009 3:00 PM  Oklahoma City, OK  Ford Center 
Sun. Dec. 20, 2009 7:30 PM  Oklahoma City, OK  Ford Center 
Tue. Dec. 22, 2009 7:30 PM  Des Moines, IA  Wells Fargo Arena 
Wed. Dec. 23, 2009 3:00 PM  Indianapolis, IN  Conseco Fieldhouse 
Wed. Dec. 23, 2009 8:00 PM  Indianapolis, IN  Conseco Fieldhouse 
Wed. Dec. 23, 2009 3:00 PM  Kansas City, MO  Sprint Center 
Wed. Dec. 23, 2009 8:00 PM  Kansas City, MO  Sprint Center 
Sat. Dec. 26, 2009 2:00 PM  Chicago, IL  Allstate Arena 
Sat. Dec. 26, 2009 7:00 PM  Chicago, IL  Allstate Arena 
Sat. Dec. 26, 2009 3:00 PM  San Antonio, TX  AT&T Center 
Sat. Dec. 26, 2009 8:00 PM  San Antonio, TX  AT&T Center 
Sun. Dec. 27, 2009 3:00 PM  Detroit, MI  The Palace of Auburn Hills 
Sun. Dec. 27, 2009 7:30 PM  Detroit, MI  The Palace of Auburn Hills 
Sun. Dec. 27, 2009 3:00 PM  Houston, TX  Toyota Center 
Sun. Dec. 27, 2009 7:30 PM  Houston, TX  Toyota Center 
Mon. Dec. 28, 2009 3:00 PM  Austin, TX  Frank Erwin Center 
Mon. Dec. 28, 2009 8:00 PM  Austin, TX  Frank Erwin Center 
Tue. Dec. 29, 2009 2:30 PM  Hamilton, ON  Copps Coliseum 
Tue. Dec. 29, 2009 7:30 PM  Hamilton, ON  Copps Coliseum 
Wed. Dec. 30, 2009 3:00 PM  Buffalo, NY  HSBC Arena 
Wed. Dec. 30, 2009 8:00 PM  Buffalo, NY  HSBC Arena 
Wed. Dec. 30, 2009 3:00 PM  Dallas, TX  American Airlines Center 
Wed. Dec. 30, 2009 8:00 PM  Dallas, TX  American Airlines Center 
Sat. Jan. 02, 2010 3:00 PM  Birmingham, AL  BJCC Arena 
Sat. Jan. 02, 2010 8:00 PM  Birmingham, AL  BJCC Arena 
Sat. Jan. 02, 2010 3:00 PM  Grand Rapids, MI  Van Andel Arena 
Sat. Jan. 02, 2010 8:00 PM  Grand Rapids, MI  Van Andel Arena 
Sun. Jan. 03, 2010 3:00 PM  Columbus, OH  Nationwide Arena 
Sun. Jan. 03, 2010 7:30 PM  Columbus, OH  Nationwide Arena 
Sun. Jan. 03, 2010 3:00 PM  Nashville, TN  Sommet Center 
Sun. Jan. 03, 2010 7:30 PM  Nashville, TN  Sommet Center 
first ever machines of grace live performances to take place in september

Metalheads take note - September will see the first-ever performances from fast rising rockers, Machines of Grace. The shows will include a pair of performances in New York, as well as an additional one in Ohio.

Additionally, the group will appear the same month on several renowned radio shows, including House Of Hair, CNN's Measure To Measure program, The Chop Shop Radio Show, Tour Bus Radio, and SiriusXM Radio with Eddie Trunk.

Comprised of band members Zak Stevens (vocals, whose credits include Circle II Circle, Savatage), Matt Leff (guitars), Chris Rapoza (bass), and Jeff Plate (drums, whose credits include Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Metal Church), the Boston-based band manages to both pay tribute to their metal forefathers while also keeping a modern hard rock edge throughout their just-issued self-titled debut.

"We're excited to get on stage and play this material live," says Leff. "As Zak pointed out in a recent interview, it'll be a real trip looking across the stage and seeing us playing live together again. We've got a very short window of opportunity for shows because Jeff starts his TSO rehearsals in early October. We'll do these three shows for now and tour more extensively in early 2010."

"I feel like these are going to be some of the most relaxed, yet intense shows I've been involved with in a long time," adds Stevens. "Simply because the material is so familiar and this band represents what our initial rock and roll dreams were. My first shot at being a live vocalist was with these guys. So for me, playing with MoG is like coming full circle."

Machines of Grace has garnered glowing reviews from such esteemed online music sources as BraveWords.com (who describe the group as "A throwback to a simpler time when the almighty riff and strong melody lines ruled a la Badlands, Brother Cane and Tangier; raucous, groove-ridden soul to the max") and All Music Guide (who raved "Machines of Grace do possess an unmistakable '80s flair about them - but with a much more succinct and mainstream rock-based songwriting style"). And now, not only will you be able to truly understand what all the early buzz is about with their debut recording, but lucky fans will get the opportunity to experience it all on a concert stage.

Lastly, Plate adds his thoughts about taking Machines of Grace out on the road. "My thoughts on playing live with this group for the first time? Excited, anxious, confident... Machines Of Grace is that '71 Chevelle SS that you have been working on in your shop for years. Now it's time to take it to the strip and show it off! It has been 10 years since I performed on stage with Zack Stevens and 16 years since performing with Matt Leff, and I know it will feel like yesterday when we blast into our first tune. Chris Rapoza is new to the mix, but there is no doubt that the energy he brought to the studio is going to translate onstage as well. This is the next step in bringing Machines Of Grace to the masses. With our experience, the musicianship and quality songs that we carry, combined with our desire to win over every person at every show, I know we will not disappoint."

UPCOMING MACHINES OF GRACE TOUR DATES:

09/12/2009 12:00 PM
Binghamton Area Metalfest
Endicott, New York, USA
The Country Pines
1660 Union Center Highway
Endicott, New York
Line-Up:
THE RODS (Headliner) - CAGE (Co-Headliner) - MACHINES OF GRACE (Special Guests)
- SINNER ( Judas Priest tribute band) - ELEVATOR DEATH SQUAD - BEYOND FALLEN -
RAVAGE - CURSED FROM BIRTH - JANE EVIL - THIS CITY NEEDS A HERO

09/13/2009 08:00 PM
Club Europa
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Line-Up:
CAGE, MACHINES OF GRACE, RAVAGE, MARTYRD, PHOENIX REIGN.

09/24/2009
House of Blues
Cleveland, OH
Line-Up:
STRYPER, FLIGHT PATTERNS, MACHINES OF GRACE

For the latest information on MACHINES OF GRACE, visit their official website at
the following location:
www.machinesofgrace.net
www.myspace.com/machinesofgrace
www.myspace.com/jeffplatemusic

jon oliva 50th birthday bash

According to: http://www.bravewords.com/news/112973

JON OLIVA'S PAIN will play at Bourbon Street in New Port Richey, FL on May 15th. The show is part of frontman Jon Oliva's 50th birthday celebration. FIRTSBORN, MY EVIL SIDE and CLENCHFIST will play on the nighht as support.

Tickets are now available at the venue, and fans who log onto www.clubbourbonstreet.com betwenn 9:00am - 3:00pm EST on May 9th will get a 2 for 1 ticket coupn for signing the guest book with "Happy 50th Jon and Greg."

Tickets are $12.00 in advance, $18.00 at the door.
Machines Of Grace featuring TSO, Savatage and Metal Church members ready debut release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:



Machines Of Grace featuring TSO, Savatage and Metal Church members ready debut release.
 

Meet Machines of Grace. They are the latest among the gifted hard rock/heavy metal bands born from Boston’s thriving music scene. As with their Beantown bred forefathers, (Aerosmith, Extreme, Godsmack, Dropkick Murphys) Zak Stevens (lead vocals), Jeff Plate (drums), Matt Leff (guitar) and Chris Rapoza (bass) have concocted their own proprietar y formula for whiplash on a disc. 
 
Top shelf status comes from the experience of successfully headlining major tours and support from a monumental fan base. Drummer Jeff (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Metal Church) Plate and lead singer Zak (Circle II Circle, Savatage) Stevens have the resume to help catapult Machines of Grace into the monsters of rock realm. The divine mix of such magnanimous talent can convert even the most stubborn music critic. Why? The method to their madness is embedded in the music… “It’s just a pure, solid melodic rock sound,” offers Stevens. “It has infectious grooves and its own brand of outright power. To me, it’s got great songwriting with a hard rock edge and strong commercial appeal.” 
 
The rise of the ‘Machine’ had to start somewhere…
 
Leff and Stevens have a lengthy history, spanning back to their days as protégés at GIT/VIT respectively. Their first band, Wickedwitch, also introduced the talents of drummer Jeff Plate, who clinched the line-up and formed the backbone of today’s brainchild: Machines of Grace.
 
During a considerable hiatus after the demise of the Wickedwitch project, Zak Stevens had gone on to front Savatage (and more recently, Circle II Circle), and later recruited Jeff Plate, who performs regularly with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Metal Church. Meanwhile, Matt Leff had formed Trigger Effect, and with bassist Chris Rapoza, had toured as an opening act for Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Rob Halford.
 
Time had clearly hit the afterburners. Call it chemistry, fate or pure coincidence. A Wickedwitch fan suggested that the founding members revise, rethink, record and release the original material, and voila - Machines of Grace was conceived. 
 
This band accords a shot of rock and roll that infuses several music genres with an innovative twist of smoldering vocals and bludgeoning guitar riffs. Blend that with an explosive rhythm section and you’ve got an exceptionally powerful elixir. “I’d say we’re a mix of melodic metal, hard rock, modern rock and acoustic rock,” explains guitarist Matt Leff. “The current rock climate is calling for modern production, strong vocal melodies and memorable songs from guys that can really play.  I think we fit that description.”  Bassist Chris Rapoza agrees: “The CD has an amazing vibe that just flows really well and makes you want to listen to it all the way through. To me, song writing and recording with that same quality always makes for the best type of album.”
 
Jeff Plate tops off the sentiment: “The music is metal, but not thrash. Rock, but not pop. We could be compared to a number of different bands, and each song will give you a different impression, but in the end the sound is distinctly Machines of Grace.”
 
That sound is likewise attributed to the talents of veteran=2 0mixologist Paul David Hager. Credited with engineering, mixing and producing studio work by acts such as The Goo Goo Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Pink and Tracy Bonham, Hager brings to the table a record destined for the spotlight, and plenty of industry accolades. 
 
Live, this band brings new meaning to the term full throttle. The killer studio version of the music not withstanding, Machines of Grace takes a live performance experience to a whole new level. Fans will really enjoy the dueling guitar and vocal arrangements, while the second-to-none rhythm section welds them together perfectly. Zak promises, “You’ll hear the emphasis on the album, the way the mix very closely depicts how this band actually sounds when we plug in.” How many bands these days can do that?
 
Look for the debut, self-tilted Machines of Grace CD this summer. 

For further information:

jon oliva's pain - 2009 tourdates
Fri 15 May New Port Richey, FL Bourbon Street Nightclub  
Sat  23 May Pratteln, CH Z7 Metal Dayz Festival
Sun  24 May Wörgl, AT Komma (acoustic show)
Tue  26 May Frankfurt, DE Sinkkasten (acoustic show)
Wed  27 May Dortmund, DE Garageland (acoustic show)
Fri 29 May Kerkrade, NL The Rock Temple
Sat 30 May Gelsenkirchen, DE Rock Hard Festival
Sun 31 May Zoetermeer, NL Boerderij
Tue  2 June Hamburg, DE Ballroom (acoustic show)
Thu  4 June Copenhagen, DK The Rock
Fri  5 June Sölvesborg, SE Sweden Rock Festival
Sat 6 June Flensburg, DE Roxy
Mon 8 June Prague, CZ Exit Club
Wed 10 June Budapest, HU Hungary
Fri  12 June Ankara, TR TBA
Sat 13 June Istanbul, TR Studio Live
Sun  14 June Sibiu, RO Rockin Transilvania Festival
Tue 16 June Belgrade, SRB SKC
Thu 18 June Munich, DE Backstage (acoustic show)
Sat 20  June Kleinwenkheim, DE Queens of Metal Festival
Sun 21  June Zaragoza, ES Metalway Festival
Tue 23 June Niederkrüchten, DE Pitch Black (acoustic show)
Thu 25 June Balingen, DE, Bang Your Head Festival
Fri 26 June Dessel, BE Graspop Metal Meeting
Sat 27 June Helsinki, FI Tuska Festival
chris caffery new cd

For more info click on the poster above!

johnny lee middleton & chris caffery interview

This coming Saturday night, February 21, both Chris Caffery and Johnny Lee Middleton will be appearing live on "The Classic Metal Show." For more information check out www.myspace.com/theclassicmetalshow for times and links. The Classic Metal Show runs live, Saturday night, from 9PM-3AM EST and rebroadcasts several times later in the week.

guitar world
According to GuitarWorld.com, the April issue of the magazine (on sale Feb. 10) features 'The Criss Oliva Story' and a transcription of 'Hall of the Mountain King.
johnny lee middleton releases second single
Johnny Lee Middleton's second single "Broken Wings" is now available by mp3 download on Amazon.com
chris caffery interview

december 2008

Savatage members Chris Caffery, Johnny Lee Middleton, Jeff Plate (East) and Al Pitrelli (West) are currently on tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The 10th Anniversary tour kicked off on Saturday, November 1st in Council Bluffs, IA and Youngstown, OH and continue through Sunday, January 4th. Tickets for most remainding shows are available on-line at ticketmaster.com. A complete list of dates for the shows can be found by clicking the tour link above.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra's brand new multimedia website, which launced in early September can be found at www.trans-siberianexpress.com. As a member of Trans-SiberianExpress.com, you will be able to participate in members-only concert presale opportunities, network with other TSO fans, and have access to exclusive photos, videos and more.

Jon Oliva's Pain recently wrapped up a short American tour with Zak Stevens' Circle II Circle. The tour included a stop at Prog Power USA in Atlanta, GA during the middle of September which saw both bands play during different days.

According to www.jonoliva.net, JOP is confirmed for the 2009 Rock Hard Festival in Germany, they are also in pre-production for their fourth studio release, as well as preparing for Euro-festivals and South American tours in 2009.

For all the latest news on Jon Oliva's solo project titled "Jon Oliva's Pain," please check out www.jonoliva.net.

Circle II Circle has announced their upcoming European tour schedule for 2009. The tour, titled "Delusions Of GrandTour 2009" will feature Denmark's Manticora and UK/Italy's Power Quest as support. Your dates can be found here

Information on Circle II Circle can be found by visiting their official site at www.circle2circle.net.

Locomotive Records re-released the original Doctor Butcher CD on October 21st. This marks the first time the CD has had an official release in the USA. Locomotive also re-released Chris Caffery's first solo album Faces on October 7th. For more information on both releases please check out www.chriscaffery.com or Chris Caffery's Official Myspace page.

Chris has also recently released his fourth full length solo album titled "House of Insanity." It is currently only available by download at amazon.com, itunes and most major digital download sites but will be released on February 4, 2009 on cd.

Jeff Plate's second release with the band Metal Church, titled "This Present Wasteland," was released on September 23, 2008. For more information on the release check out Metal Church on Myspace.com.

Johnny Lee Middleton's first solo single, "Tennessee," was released on November 21. Download the MP3 at Amazon.com or iTunes. The next single, "Broken Wings," is coming soon, and his first full-length solo album is expected in the spring of 2009. Visit www.johnnyleemiddleton.com or Johnny Lee's MySpace for the latest.