JON OLIVA'S PAIN BIOGRAPHY
Jon Oliva's Pain (sometimes referred to as JOP) is the latest project of former Savatage co-founder and frontman Jon Oliva. JON OLIVA'S PAIN GENRES
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.
Citing Oliva on Progpower, The next Jon Oliva's Pain album will be called "Global Warning" and is set to be released in march 2008. This album will once again be supported by a European tour.
The music and themes bear comparison with the likes of Alice Cooper, focussing as they do on elements of obsession, pain, confusion and insanity. Oliva himself cites The Beatles, Queen and The Who amongst his and hence the band's influences.
JOP always play a bunch of classic Savatage songs onstage. Typical Savatage songs that are played are Sirens, Hall Of The Mountain King, Gutter Ballet and a lot of songs from the Streets album.
Jon Oliva (vocals, keyboards)
John Zahner (keyboards)
Matt LaPorte (guitars)
Kevin Rothney (bass)
Christopher Kinder (drums)
Jerry Outlaw (guitars)
Shane French (guitars)
JON OLIVA'S PAIN LYRICAL THEMES
JON OLIVA'S PAIN ORIGIN
United States of America (Tampa, Florida), formed in 2003
JON OLIVA'S PAIN CURRENT RECORD LABEL
JON OLIVA'S PAIN STATUS
JON OLIVA'S PAIN CURRENT LINE-UP
Jon Oliva - Vocals, keyboards (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Doctor Butcher, guest vocals for Circle II Circle, guest for Chris Caffery)
Matt LaPorte - Guitar (ex-Circle II Circle, Last Things)
Kevin Rothney - Bass (ex-Circle II Circle)
John Zahner - Keyboards (ex-Circle II Circle)
Chris Kinder - Drums (ex-Circle II Circle)
JON OLIVA'S PAIN PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Shane French - Guitar (ex-Circle II Circle)
Steve ``Doc`` Wacholz - Drums (Crimson Glory, ex-Avatar (US), ex-Savatage) as guest on two songs
Jerry Outlaw - Guitar on tour