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Jon Oliva’s Pain (sometimes referred to as JOP) is the latest project of former Savatage co-founder and frontman Jon Oliva.

Initially the project consisted entirely of solo recordings by Oliva, but after several months of work he was joined in 2004 by former members of Circle II Circle to form a band. After hearing the results of their earliest studio sessions together he then decided to repeat the solo work from scratch with the band, releasing their first album ‘Tage Mahal on the SPV label early that year. Originally slated to be released on the same label in May 2006, JOP subsequently signed to AFM Records for the release of the follow-up entitled Maniacal Renderings, which was released in September 4th 2006. Oliva credits his late brother Criss (with whom he had founded Savatage) as co-writing some of the work on this latest album (particularly the track “The Answer”), after finding some working tapes they had recorded together immediately before Criss’ death in a road accident in 1993.

Jon Oliva’s Pain hit the road fequently, visiting mostly Europe. 2006 saw some appearances at the larger European festivals. In april 2007, Jon Oliva was reunited with Chris Caffery onstage at the Pestpop festival in Belgium. This festival featured three Savatage related bands: Jon Oliva’s Pain, Circle II Circle and Chris Caffery.
October 2007 saw Jon Oliva’s Pain headlining ProgPower Europe, among the played songs was Chance, which was never performed with Jon on lead vocals before.


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  • mattimek

    + Firefly +

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • tsudduth24

    The Evil Within <3 <3 <3

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Piske81

    New song, Father Time

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Yellowxander

    Jon Oliva album update:

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    Also, Jon's solo record is available on for pre-order, just ordered mine today!! Seems like yesterday that Tage Mahal was coming out and here we are four records later!

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    Xandoren, I was lucky enough to catch him in 2008 and it was a fantastic show. Would love to see them again. Sadly Jon's fan base in the states isn't as high as in other countries, so I can understand the lack of touring (the show I was at had maybe 200 people there), but you'd think they'd at least pair up with another group and do a full US tour.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    'FIREFLY' amazing (・3・)~♪

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    I like old classic Savatage, but honestly my favorite albums of theirs are the later ones from the 90s, and I enjoy JoP even more. His songwriting gets better with age.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    @Leodoom would you rather him suffer a massive stroke or heart attack and lose him early? He is one of the best voices in metal, lets not lose him. He needs to lose a bit of weight.

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • NefandusDeus

    I agree, except for "Poets and Madmen". I takes a lot to top that.

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Tenozuma

    Wow. I listened to Maniacal Renderings for the first (and second) time yesterday and... did anyone else get the impression this is way better than all the kickass stuff Savatage put out? Or is it an expectation thing? So overjoyed at this door being opened.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Forcerinen

    Damnit, I just now read about Matt LaPorte. I can't believe it. What a great guitarist, got to see him live once, Rest In Peace.

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Bryanvdst

    Any news on the band?

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Leodoom

    @ClassyMusicSnob: NOO!! Jon must'nt lose weight. You know, even Gerre from Tankard lost weight recently and looks normal now. If we also lose Jon, who will we fat metalheads look up to? :-(

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Balthi

    Live @ Bang Your Head Festival, Balingen, Germany (16.7.2010) R.I.P. Matt LaPorte

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Piske81

    Recording process started! Wondering who will be playing lead guitar...

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
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    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Jon needs to lose weight so he doesn't lose his health which would render him incapable of touring. I was too young to see Savatage so I NEED TO SO JOP!

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • MivkoVanMikko

    Matt LaPorte was a great, and underrated, guitarist. Rest in Peace Matt.

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Zehmentmischa

    R.I.P. Matt Play in the Jesus Band now

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
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