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.
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.
Matt was one of those guitarists where I'd always forget how amazing he was until I had on a JOP record and was always impressed by his feel for every song. His leads are fantastic, and I feel fortunate I got to see him play on the global warning tour. Rest in peace.
Maniacal Renderings and 'Festival and a great album too, both to be unmistakable style Savatage, Jon Oliva and' a genius of metal and deserves to be remembered along with other great styles, am enjoying the last two albums the band, long live the live Savatage Jon Oliva and (Criss Oliva) too.
seems like this man can't do wrong. Liked the production on Global Warning more than Morrisound production. Too Iced Earth for my tastes. But the songs, creativity and magic are still second to none. Global Warning is still my fave though.
After two or three months of waiting I finally received my copy of Festival. It's a great album and the remake of Savatage's Living On The Edge Of Time took me by surprise. JOP calls it Living On The Edge and I believe Savatage only released it as a demo bonus track on Sirens (my version is the Silver Anniversary Edition).