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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


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. 

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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.