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june 29, 2005

Jon Oliva nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award!

On Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm. Live from the Tampa Theatre the 1st Annual Hard Music Awards will take place.

According to the website: http://www.hardmusicawards.com/

Rocks Off Entertainment is proud to present The 1st Annual Hard Music Awards. The HMA's are being established to offer hard music artists acknowledgement for their efforts in a typically unrecognized music genre. We will be featuring Florida-based acts, both signed & unsigned, though next year our focus will be on expanding to a national event. Winners will be chosen through extensive online polling. Only one vote per person will be counted, & your vote counts, so be sure to vote!!!

Please go to the website and vote for Jon! It's time that Jon receives the recognition he deserves for all the incredible music he has given us throughout the years!

january 12, 2005

Yesterday Savatage lost one of its family, Criss Oliva's wife, Dawn Marae Oliva. All of our prayers and thoughts are with her family.

december 9, 2004

On November 28th the Savatage community lost a very dear friend, Anke Wallrabenstein. Anke was a regular contributor to this website and many others over the years. On behalf of Savatage, we send our deepest condolences to her family and friends during this time.

If you would like to leave your thoughts and prayers for her family, please visit the forums of chriscaffery.com

She will be missed.

november 1, 2004

Pictures form the September 2004 WOMD Prog-Power Performance can be found here

For current information on Jon Oliva's solo project check out jonoliva.net

For current information on Christopher Caffery check out chriscaffery.com

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will hit the road in a few weeks. Check out www.trans-siberian.com for more info and all tourdates.

november 1, 2004

It is with deep sorrow that we have to announce the passing of our bandmate Daryl Pediford. He was a magical talent and for those of you who had the opportunity to see him light up the stage, you know how much he will be missed. It was a blessing to be able to spend time with such a spirited soul. We treasure the time we had with him both personally and professionally.

Daryl Pediford was more than a fellow band member, more than a friend.

He was our brother

july 12, 2004


Contrary to some reports, Damond Jiniya is still an active member of Savatage. Savatage has been working on new material as well as the members various other projects, while there has been a break between recordings.

"There are no changes in anything that has to do with Savatage. We are currently working on new music." -Jon Oliva

march 2004


ATLANTA – Current and former members of Savatage will unite for one night only to headline ProgPower V this September in Atlanta.

The festival, which will be held September 17 and 18 at Earthlink Live, will feature Jon Oliva, Zak Stevens, Chris Caffery, and Steve "Dr. Kill Drums" Wacholz performing a set from Savatage's entire discography in an exclusive performance. In addition to the full set, fans can expect a sneak preview of Jon Oliva's "Tage Mahal."

"I'm really excited about this show,” said Stevens. “The last time I did a full show with these guys was at the PopComm Festival in Germany 1999. I've been waiting for the right time for us to get together. That time has come and where better than the ProgPower festival?"

Added Jon Oliva: "We've been talking with Zak about doing a special show ever since he left Savatage, but it's really hard to get every one's schedules together for a rare event like this. It was nearly impossible this time around and it probably won't ever happen again, so we'll make this one special! We plan on playing several songs we rarely ever performed live...this should be good!”

Germany’s Edguy will return to Atlanta after an overwhelming response at 2002’s ProgPower III. "ProgPower was our first big step in the USA as a band,” said Edguy vocalist Tobias Sammet. “Glenn (the promoter) had the balls to take the risk and build something over there to support the music we all love so much but was claimed DEAD in the USA not long ago. Well, for ‘dead’ people, all the lovely fans there down in front of the stage looked pretty good."

ProgPower II veterans Kamelot will also make a return appearance at the festival. “We are very pleased to be returning for ProgPower V,” said Thomas Youngblood. “ProgPower is the highest class of the US festivals and gives many metal fans a chance to see the bands that do not get to tour the US. We are planning to play songs from our previous albums, as well as some new ones from the upcoming album that we are currently in production with. And there are always some nice surprises with our live shows.”

Progressive metal icons Pain of Salvation will perform an exclusive set for ProgPower USA this year. The set list will be picked entirely by the fans via online voting. Details will be announced via the festival website in the coming weeks.

In ProgPower tradition, several European bands will make North American debuts - Denmark’s Wuthering Heights, Germany’s Dreamscape, and France’s Adagio – with Germany’s Brainstorm, Sweden’s Tad Morose, and Canada’s Into Eternity rounding out the lineup.

Tickets will go on sale May 1 via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public once again. Gold Badges (special patron tickets) are already sold-out.

Tickets for the 1,500-seat venue have sold out within two weeks for the past two shows.

"People keep asking me why I don't move to a bigger venue since the show sells out every year,” said promoter Glenn Harveston. “Well, the success of ProgPower USA is not based only on the roster and tickets sold, but the intimacy and atmosphere that I am able to create. It's what makes this show unique here in the States.

november 22, 2003


Yes the rumors are true!!! Chris Caffery (the ingenious guitarist of SAVATAGE and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) has joined forces with BLACK LOTUS RECORDS for the release of his debut solo album!!! We think that it is unnecessary to announce you that we are deeply honored by Chris’ decision and we are looking forward to a magnificent album!! Expect many guest musicians and the majestic art of songwriting of Chris Caffery!

A statement on his own words follows:

“I am proud to announce that me and Black Lotus Records are uniting together for the recording of my very first self-titled CD. Once the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Tour ends, I will immediately enter the studio to begin recording. I was negotiating with a lot of labels, but BLACK LOTUS and I immediately saw 'Eye to eye'. I have never been one to follow trends, I have a clear picture for this CD and BLACK LOTUS saw it immediately. I am very happy to be working with this label. I am so excited for the future!!! The CD, which is tentatively being named "Faces", is the first featuring myself on lead vocals as well as guitar. Be prepared to meet my many Faces!!!”

Chris Caffery, November 2003

The album will be released on BLACK LOTUS RECORDS World-Wide in September of 2004.

All musicians for his band and territorial distribution of the CD outside of Europe will be announced soon after the New Year.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is currently on tour. Check out www.trans-siberian.com for more info.

september 10, 2003

Due to the large number of pre show ticket sales, the venue for the Criss Oliva 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert has been changed. The Memorial Concert will now be held at The Masquerade located in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, FL. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.

Details regarding the venue, as well as a map of the area, may be found on the "Venue" section of www.crissoliva.com.


We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the owners and staff of the Green Parrot Pub. We sincerely appreciate their efforts in trying to accomodate this event.

If you have any further questions please e-mail mail webmaster@crissoliva.com

july 29, 2003

As most every Savatage fan knows, in the early morning hours of October 17, 1993 Criss Oliva and his wife Dawn were enroute to the Livestock Festival in Zephyrhills, Florida when tragedy struck. They were hit head on by a drunk driver. Criss was killed and his wife Dawn suffered severe injuries. Fans mourned the loss of one of music’s most gifted guitar players.

Fans are cordially invited to join Jon Oliva, along with some very special guests (TBA), on Friday, October 17, 2003 at the Green Parrot Pub in Largo, Florida to remember and celebrate the life and contributions of his brother, Christopher Michael Oliva, at a 10th Anniversary Memorial concert.

Pre-show tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, August 1, 2003 through the official Criss Oliva Memorial site (www.crissoliva.com). The cost for tickets will be $15 each and proceeds will be donated in Criss' memory to the CADD/Alcohol Free Kids Organization.

Special edition, limited merchandise will be available at the show and will include an Avatar DVD with a 25 minute long memorial to Criss.

More information regarding the 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert will be posted here on the site in the coming days. If you have any further questions please feel free to e-mail webmaster@crissoliva.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the concert and remembering Criss at this very special event

july 22, 2003

Happy Birthday to The "Mountain King" Jon Oliva who was born this day back in 1960.

july 7, 2003


ATLANTA - Savatage’s Jon "The Mountain King" Oliva will join Fates Warning’s Ray Alder as a special guest at ProgPower USA IV on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta.

"I think bringing Jon and Ray to the fest simply adds to the mystique of the show," said promoter Glenn Harveston. "It will give the fans a chance to interact with legends of the genre. Hell, I'm excited for the chance to drink a beer with them myself."

The sold-out event will feature headliners Nightwish and Rage along with Symphony X, Evergrey, Circle II Circle, Vanden Plas, Secret Sphere, Mercenary, Pagan’s Mind, and Redemption.

The festival, North America’s premiere festival for progressive and power metal music, officially sold out in May - more than three months in advance.

ProgPower USA, an international affiliate of the Netherlands’ ProgPower Europe, is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Shure Microphones, Ultimate Support Systems, Sensory Records, and Metal Ages Media.

Visit www.progpowerusa.com for complete event information

february 13, 2003

Former Savatage frontman Zak Stevens and his new band Circle II Circle will be playing their first show on Friday February 28th, 2003 at Twighlight in Tampa, Florida. For more information go to the Circle II Circle website. The band will also be at the Rock Hard Festival which takes place in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, June 7th & 8th, 2003 at Kanalbuehne. Two-day tix will be € 55.- (incl. all fees and parking) and only 7000 tix will be available at all. Pre-sales have already started and are running extremely great. You can order directly at www.rockhard.de.

Jon Oliva has been invited from Rock Hard to be a special guest at the show and is rumored to be at the Tampa show as well.
December 10, 2002

Savatage historian Clay Marshall has an article up at BWBK.com. TSO: The Show (Must Go) On includes thoughts from Paul O'Neill and insights into Savatage 2003.

December 6, 2002

T.S.O. has added a 4th show at the Beacon Theater in New York City. The Show will be Sunday afternoon, December 22nd at 2:30pm. You can get tickets at Ticketmaster.com.

December 5, 2002

There is a New T.S.O. "Christmas Eve & Other Stories" Hardcover book out. It can be purchased on-line at www.bluegrape.com/.

october 29, 2002

Internet Pre-sale for T.S.O. at the Beacon Theater in New York City will begin on October 30th at 10am est. Tickets can be obtained through Ticketmaster.com. The password for the internet pre-sale is TSO. Tickets for Rochester, NY are already on sale.

Also be sure to check out the Ticketmaster T.S.O. concert listing for on-sale dates for upcoming shows. Select cities can also be purchased through www.tickets.com (Green Bay, Sacramento and Wallingford.)

october 4, 2002

Updated Itinerary as of October 4th for the Earth Maker Promo Tour of Japan.

October 9th: - Tokyo

3:00PM to 6:00PM Interviews for music magazines, radio program

October 10th: - Tokyo

14:00 Interview recording for "ROCK DRIVE" and "CAPTAIN ROCK" (John & Chris) (FM Programs by Captain WADA)
15:00 Interview recording for "Okkun's Room" (John, Chris and Ronnie) (Internet website by Yuji OKUMURA)
19:00 Interview recording for "RADICAL LEAGUE"(John) (FM Programs by Minoru Ishikawa)

October 11th: - Yokohama

13:00 Interview recording & photo session for "Ganbaru Radio" (John, Chris and Ronnie) (Internet Radio by Miss ONO)
15:30 Comment recording "Rock'n Roll Golden Age"(John & Chris) (Fm program by Tokuko OIAKAWA) "PARTY DUDE" (John, Chris and Ronnie) (Satellite TV program by KUNI) "TONIGHT IS THE ROCK NIGHT" (John, Chris and Ronnie) (Fm program by Mayumi IKEDA)"NTT BB" (Internet Program)
9:00PM IN-STORE EVENT at HMV YOKOHAMA (3 songs performance, Q&A, & autograph session)

October 12th: - Osaka 3:00PM IN-STORE EVENT at TOWER RECORDS UMEDA (3 songs performance, Q&A, & autograph session)

Earth Maker features frontman John West (i.e. ROYAL HUNT) and guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage). Their debut album was set to be released on September 18th in Japan via Yamaha Music and sometime during October in Europe on Frontier Records.

september 22, 2002

2002 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tour schedule is now up in the tour section.

Chris Caffery has passed on the Earth Maker Itinerary as of September 22nd.

October 10th: - Tokyo

3:00PM to 6:00PM Interviews for music magazines, radio program

October 11th: - Yokohama

9:00PM IN-STORE EVENT at HMV YOKOHAMA (3 songs performance, Q&A, & autograph session)

October 12th: - Osaka 3:00PM IN-STORE EVENT at TOWER RECORDS UMEDA (3 songs performance, Q&A, & autograph session)

Earth Maker features frontman John West (i.e. ROYAL HUNT) and guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage). Their debut album was set to be released on September 18th in Japan via Yamaha Music and sometime during October in Europe on Frontier Records.

august 20, 2002


Tickets will be available for the following shows in your area soon!

The Following shows are currently on sale or will be shortly

12/12/02 -Carpenter Center- Richmond, VA www.ticketmaster.com
12/26/02 -Meyerhoff Symphony Hall- Baltimore, MD (3pm) www.ticketmaster.com
12/26/02 -Meyerhoff Symphony Hall- Baltimore, MD (8pm) www.ticketmaster.com

More tour dates should be announced in 2 weeks

EARTH MAKER Frontman, Guitarist To Embark On Japanese Promo Tour - Aug. 16, 2002

EARTH MAKER frontman John West (i.e. ROYAL HUNT) and guitarist Chris Caffery (i.e. SAVATAGE) will embark on a Japanese promotional trip during October 7-13th. They will perform unplugged shows, meet the fans, and visit record stores.

EARTH MAKER's debut album is set for release on September 18th in Japan via Yamaha Music and sometime in October in Europe via Frontier Records.

august 19, 2002

Chris Caffery's latest tour diary Poets and Canadians is now up.

july 22, 2002

Savatage hits the road later this week with special guest Jeff Waters from Annihilator on guitar. The dates are:

07/26/02 Moncofar, Spain - Rock Machina Festival
07/29/02 Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
07/31/02 Munich, Germany - Backstage
08/01/02 Bochum, Germany - Zeche
08/02/02 Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air Festival
08/03/02 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7, Metal Dayz Festival
08/05/02 Budapest, Hungary - Island/Sziget Festival
08/06/02 Belgrade, Jugoslavia

Members of the band made an appearance at Yankee stadium on Friday night... they were kind enough to send us a picture from the event..

The Guys at the Stadium

june 24, 2002

6-24-2002 New York

Due to commitments prior to the re-joining of Savatage, Al Pitrelli will not be able to play on this summer’s short Savatage Tour. A long time friend of Savatage; Annihilator guitarist/main-man Jeff Waters will step in to help out with the guitar duties.

"I’m more than happy to help out a great band made up of very talented and professional people; besides, I owe Chris Caffery: he took me to my first NHL hockey game!" says Jeff Waters

Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery "Jeff and I are very good friends, and he is also one of my favorite guitarists. When we contacted him I was very excited about the possibility of him playing these shows. I am definitely looking forward to working with him."

june 24, 2002

Chris Caffery will be the special guest host on The Tour Bus radio show on Saturday June 29, 2002. For more information on the show check out www.thetourbus.com and the station list to see if the show is available in your area

june 20, 2002

Savatage will be featured on TotalRock.com radio on Saturday June 22, 2002 between 10pm-1am EST. The show includes an interview with Jon Oliva, Savatage CD givaway prizes and a lot of Savatage music. for more info check out www.totalrock.com and www.psycholopedia.co.uk

may 29, 2002

If you are looking for information on the Legion Fanclub you can write to:

PO Box 3208
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163

may 26, 2002

Updated 2002 Summer European Tourdates.

07/26/02 Moncofar, Spain - Rock Machina Festival
07/29/02 Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
07/31/02 Munich, Germany - Backstage
08/01/02 Bochum, Germany - Zeche
08/02/02 Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air Festival
08/03/02 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7, Metal Dayz Festival
08/05/02 Budapest, Hungary - Island/Sziget Festival
08/06/02 Belgrade, Jugoslavia - tba.

The Portugal date scheduled for July 27th will be replaced with another city

Former Savatage singer Zak Stevens and CircleIICircle have been signed to AFM-Records in Europe. They will start recording in July with a CD out around January.

may 17, 2002

2002 Summer European Tourdates are now confirmed. They are:

07/26/02 Spain - Rock Machina
07/27/02 Oporto, Portugal
07/29/02 Frankfurt, Germany - Colassaal
07/31/02 Munich, Germany - Backstage
08/01/02 Bochum, Germany - Wacken
08/02/02 Bochum, Germany - Wacken
08/03/02 Prattlien, Switzerland -Z7 Festival
08/05/02 Budapest, Hungry - Sziget
08/06/02 Belgrade

There is a possibility that a few American warm-up shows might take place prior to this tour, but nothing is confirmed.

april 30 , 2002

An update from Chris Caffery confirms that Royal Hunt's frontman John West has just about completed his EARTHMAKER side project. The basics are done... Mike Chlasciak has completed his guitars and Chris is about 50% done. Artension's Kevin Chown (Bass), Vitalij Kuprij (keyboards), Andre Anderson (Keyboards-Royal Hunt), and Lonnie Park (Keyboards) will also be appearing on the CD. It should be in stores during the summer.

april 30, 2002

Royal Hunt frontman John West will begin work on his EARTHMAKER side project in late summer. The band line-up will include Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE) and HALFORD's backing band, Bobby Jarzombek (drums), Ray Riendeau (bass) and Mike Chlasciak (guitars)... .

Savatage Guitarist Al Pitrelli will be hitting the road with ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach and his touring group (which includes former ANTHRAX axeman Paul Crook), for several live dates beginning with a two-night stint at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey on May 10-11. The confirmed dates are as follows:

May 10 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
May 11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
May 16 – Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy's
May 17 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Hall
May 18 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
May 22 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

april 20, 2002

SAVATAGE Silver Edition Re-issues. On April 23rd, Metal Blade Records will be issuing special Silver Editions of SAVATAGE's legendary recordings, "Dungeons Are Calling" and "Sirens". SAVATAGE continues to be a force continuing to release new albums and tours some twenty years into their careers. Here a short list of what can be expected from these stellar re-issues:

· Both titles Digitally Re-Mastered
· 5 additional bonus tracks
· Extra secret hidden tracks on both discs
· Full SAVATAGE time line written by Jon Oliva & Steve "Dr. Killdrums" Wacholz
· Limited Edition artwork
· Additional archived photos


SIRENS: Sirens, Holocaust, I Believe, Rage, On The Run, Twisted Little Sister, Living For The Night, Scream Murder, Out On The Streets, Target**, Living On The Edge Of Time**

DUNGEONS ARE CALLING: The Dungeons Are Calling, By The Grace Of The Witch, Midas Touch, City Beneath The Surface, The Whip, Metalhead**, Before I Hang**, Stranger In The Dark**
**denotes Bonus Tracks

Both of these releases can be ordered at CDnow.com

Jon Oliva appears on the latest Seven Witches CD titled "Xiled to Infinty and One." The American release will be available on April 30th and can be ordered at CDnow.com

april 13, 2002

Damond has a new personal Homepage. It can be found at www.violenceandpoetry.com This is not a fan page, but an outlet for Damond to post more personal stuff.

2002 Summer Tourdates are starting to pop up. These will be posted here when they all are confirmed.

Savatage has recently started the writing process for their next album. It will be a busy end to 2002 for the band. Besides the summer dates and writing the new album, a new TSO CD is in the works. Several members are also continuing work on a few side projects. We will keep you posted on all of this when we get new information.

april 3, 2002

On the occasion of Criss' 39th birthday, a second slide show, "Memories of Christopher Michael Oliva", has been added to the Criss Oliva section of this website.

We have also put up the Sleep and Hall Of The Mountain King videos in the Multimedia section of the website. You can download the videos here in windows media format.

  • Sleep (windows media)
  • Hall Of The Mountain King (windows media)
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  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: Right-click over the link and select "Save Target As..."

    Savatage will be playing several European Summer festivals including Wacken in August. Official details coming soon...

february 21, 2002

CDnow.com has available 2 new Savatage re-releases from SPV. Power of the Night ($8.99) features the bonus tracks Power Of the Night Live (recorded 10/15/87 in Cleveland) and Sirens Live (recorded 4/22/90 in Dallas). Hall of The Mountain King ($10.12) features HOTMK and Devastation Live (recorded 10/15/87 in Cleveland). Also available from CDnow.com is the Sirens/Skull T-Shirt.

february 20, 2002

The first (of many) Poets and Madmen Tour Photobook is now up. Photos provided by Christian Langer, Damond & Tonya.

february 19., 2002

With the new Seven Witches CD "Xiled To Infinity And One," due out next week, there is a brand new Seven Witches Website up at www.sevenwitches.net Please update all old links and bookmarks to the Seven Witches website.

february 16, 2002

The European tour has come to an end and the band would like to thank everyone once again for their support.

Xiled To Infinity And One, the new album from Seven Witches is due out on February 25th 2002 on Noise Records. Joining Jack Frost and Bill Mez on this album will be ex-Crimson Glory Vocalist Wade Black, along with drummer Brian Craig. The album was mixed by Joey Vera (Armored Saint/Fates Warning) and features a guest appearance by Savatage co-founder and lead Vocalist Jon Oliva on the track 'The Burning.' Look for the brand new Seven Witches Website opening up very soon.

The Official Austrian Fanclub Homepage has changed its URL to www.savatage.at.

january 9, 2002

The venue for the January 27th show in Thessaloniki, Greece has been changed to Apothiki Stage - Mylos

january 4, 2002

Savatage will return to Europe later this month. The updated list of dates are listed below:

01/17/02 Malmo, Sweeden - KB
01/18/02 Ronneby, Sweeden - Club Ron
01/19/02 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
01/20/02 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Small
01/21/02 Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
01/23/02 Dortmund, Germany - Soundgarden
01/24/02 Berlin, Germany - Music Hall
01/26/02 Athens, Greece - Sporting B'Ball Arena
01/27/02 Thessaloniki, Greece - Hydrogeious Club
01/29/02 Langen, Germany - Stadhalle
01/30/02 Stuttgart, Germany - Longhorn
01/31/02 Prattelin, Switzerland - Z7 Koncertfabrik
02/01/02 Woergl, Austria - Komma
02/02/02 Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
02/03/02 Graz, Austria - Orpheum
02/05/02 Florence, Italy - Tenax
02/06/02 Rome, Italy - Palacisalfa
02/07/02 Brescia, Italy - Palatenda
02/09/02 Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
02/10/02 Paris, France - Elysee Montmatre
02/11/02 Tilburg, Holland - 013
02/12/02 Hardenburg, Holland - Podium
02/13/02 London, England - Garage