NEW YORK: As Savatage winds down the first leg of "Poets and Madmen" tour, the band will take time out for an online chat with Rock Online and two Texas in-store appearances.

Keyboardist/vocalist/founding member Jon Oliva will chat live on Rock Online on Tuesday, May 15 at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. Visit for more information.

The band will be making two in-store appearances this weekend the Houston and San Antonio areas:

May 12 (6-8 p.m.)
Diamondhead Records
5020 Louetta Rd
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 376-9949

May 13 (2-4 p.m.)
CD Trader
10724 Perrin Beitel
San Antonio TX 78217
(210) 590-0045

The band has just a few days at home before jetting off to Europe for the start of the European "Poets and Madmen" tour (see dates below). After returning to the States, they will again hit the road, covering the uncovered territories from the first leg of the tour.

Remaining U.S. dates (with special guest Fates Warning):

5/10/01 Thu. Metro, Austin, TX
5/11/01 Fri. Canyon Club, Dallas, TX
5/12/01 Sat. 19th Hole, Houston, TX
5/13/01 Sun. White Rabbit, San Antonio, TX
5/14/01 Mon. House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
5/16/01 Wed. Cotton Club, Atlanta, GA
5/17/01 Thu. House of Blues, Orlando, FL
5/18/01 Fri. Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, FL
5/19/01 Sat. Orbit, Boynton Beach, FL

European dates:

5/26/01 Dynamo Festival - Holland
6/8/01 Austria - Mind Over Matter Festival
6/9/01 Italy - Gods Of Metal Festival
6/13/01 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrlowlands (opening for Judas Priest)
6/14/01 Manchester, England - Apollo (opening for Judas Priest)
6/15/01 London, England - Astoria (opening for Judas Priest)
6/17/01 Birmingham, England - Academy (opening for Judas Priest)
6/18/01 Portsmouth, England - Guildhall (opening for Judas Priest)
6/20/01 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
6/21/01 Munich, Germany - Colosseum (opening for Judas Priest)
6/22/01 Germany - Full Force Festival
6/23/01 Belgium Graspop Festval
6/25/01 Cologne, Germany - E Werk (opening for Judas Priest)
6/26/01 Hamburg, Germany - Docks (opening for Judas Priest)
6/28/01 Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Amphitheatre (opening for Judas Priest)
6/29/01 Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival
7/1/01 Athens, Greece - Rockwave Festival
7/4/01 Vitoria, Spain - Pabellon Fernando Buesa Arena (opening for Judas Priest)
7/5/01 Madrid, Spain - La Cubierta (opening for Judas Priest)
7/6/01 Murcia, Spain - Alcazeraes (opening for Judas Priest)
7/7/01 Cadiz, Spain - San Felipi Neri (opening for Judas Priest)
7/9/01 Valladolid, Spain - Feria De Muestras (opening for Judas Priest)
7/10/01 Barcelona, Spain - Vall D'Hebron (opening for Judas Priest)
7/14/01 Holland - Bospop Festival

For more information, please contact:

Michael Mazur or Debbie Sellnow/Mazur Public Relations
Tel: (609) 426-1277 Fax: (609) 426-1217
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Jill Farthing/Nuclear Blast
Tel: (310) 574-7400 x139 Fax: (310) 574-7414