JON OLIVA’S PAIN frontman Jon Oliva (ex-SAVATAGE) issues update as band gears up for their European tour and warm-up show in Tampa, FL:
“With the passing of our dear friend and guitarist Matt LaPorte just a year ago, it is time to get the machine back up and running. I miss performing live, and the timing of the 25th anniversary of Hall Of The Mountain King makes this the perfect opportunity. We will perform what I consider one of the best and most important records of Savatage’s career, and this is of course another chance I get to honor my brother Criss, one of the greatest guitar players ever. I am still going through old tapes and recordings, and can’t believe what a talent he was and how he continues to inspire me. I hope you can attend this special show, we will be leaving it all on stage every night with you, the legions, by our sides. See you soon and much love to all!”
Drummer/producer Christopher Kinder adds: “This is a celebration of the life and music that we feel is worthy of this tour. Hall Of The Mountain King is a staple to many heavy metal fans around the globe, and it certainly deserves a party. The band has been in rehearsal mode for quite some time now, and really sounds fantastic. A few more weeks and we will all be on auto-pilot. It’s going to be epic! This opportunity — and there will only be these 15 shows — comes along once in a lifetime, and we have prepared a very special night for all who attend.”
The band’s schedule is now as follows:
16 – Ritz Theatre – Tampa/Ybor City, Florida
23 – Brückenforum – Bonn, Germany
24 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium
25 – Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
27 – venue tba – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
29 – Turock – Essen, Germany
30 – Dokkem Festival – Raard, Netherlands
3 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
4 – Zoetermeer – Boerderij, Netherlands ,
5 – Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
7 – Byscenen – Haugesund, Norway
9 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
10 – Live Club – Milan, Italy
12 – Bang Your Head Festival – Balingen, Germany
13 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
15 – Garage – London, UK
Following is a rundown of the VIP package details for the Tampa show on June 16th:
“In order to give fans a more direct and special experience to this upcoming celebration, we have decided to offer a very limited number of VIP packages. One hundred (100) tickets total will be made available. It will be offered on a first come/first serve basis. Payment for this package can only be made through PayPal.
Details: VIP Ticket Package $75.00
– 1 general admission ticket to the show
– 1 25th Anniversary HOTMK tour T-shirt (large or extra large only)
– 1 VIP laminate
– 1 signed photo
– entrance into the venue for JOP’s soundcheck
– priority entrance into the venue when public doors open.
Note: Time of entrance and when to pick up your VIP package will be made available one week before show date. All VIP ticket holders will need to exit the venue after soundcheck and then re-enter when official doors open. You must specify when you pay for your package(s) what size t-shirt you want ( L or XL only). NO changes to shirt sizes will be honored once payment has been made. Payment is through PayPal only and there are no refunds for any reason. This is limited to 100 tickets…period!
Important: Those that have already purchased tickets can send $50.00 via PayPal and you will be added to the VIP will-call list. You must have
your paid ticket to enter the venue for this event. No concert ticket, no entrance. And we are not responsible for any ticket problems whatsoever.
This is on a firstcome/first serve basis and we make no guarantees. If you pay for a VIP package and it is sold out, your money will be returned to you. We suggest you book it now!
VIP Ticket ordering process:
1. Log on to your paypal account.
2. Click “Send Money”
3. Type: firstname.lastname@example.org as payment recipient.
4. Fill in: $75.00 as amount to be sent.
5. Comment box: Specify your t-shirt size ( L or XL only ) and the name that tickets will be picked up at will-call. (You cannot change the T-shirt size or the will call name once your order has been placed… you have been warned)
6. Confirm information and send payment…you’re done!
See you soon… and get ready!”