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Catching Up With Jon Oliva

jonIt’s hard to believe that over three decades have passed since Jon Oliva and his brother Criss founded the band Savatage leading Oliva to a successful career in music with future endeavors like Trans Siberian Orchestra and Jon Oliva’s Pain.

Oliva’s career has seen both highs and lows –  both on a musical and personal level, including the loss of his brother Criss in 1993 and more recently the passing of  bandmate Matt LaPorte in 2011. However, the loss of Matt propelled Oliva into the studio where he completed his very first solo disc Raise the Curtain.

TWRY recently caught up with Oliva to talk about his latest solo disc, his full body of work, and what the future holds.

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Jeff Scott Soto

Jeff Scott SotoFor those of us entrenched in the melodic rock world it’s easy to recognize Jeff Scott Soto as one of the best vocalists of the era and one of the hardest working men in the biz.  Currently rocking the world with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and two recent releases under his belt Jeff Scott Soto – One Night In Madrid (a two disc cd/dvd live set ) and Jeff Scott Soto – Live At Firefest 2008 we don’t quite know how he does it!

Following his career starting in the 80s up to the present  – his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Eyes, Journey, a myriad of solo albums, Rockstar, W.E.T.  and of course most recently Trans-Siberian Orchestra – we were excited to get a chance to talk to him about everything he’s up to now and the path that lead him there.

Oh we also managed to chat a bit about hoops and find out that JSS’s first concert was The Bee Gees – what a lucky son of a gun!

Interviewed by:  Roger Scales
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Help Find Chris Caffery’s Stolen Guitar

August 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

From our Las Vegas staffer Jessica’s Examiner.com column:

The guitar in the photos that accompany this article is owned by Chris Caffery, the guitarist of Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It has been stolen and Chris would very much like to have it back, as would any musician missing gear.

It is a Gibson Les Paul Custom, Ace Frehley model. It’s from a limited run from the late 1990s. No two are exactly alike. There are variations in the flame and woodgrain.  Please look at the photos closely and if you see this guitar, PLEASE contact your local authorities. Chris has filed reports with his local, state, and federal authorities and is offering a substantial reward for its return the arrest of the thief.

Chris issued the following statement on his Facebook page on Monday, “Since an initial news feed cannot be too long I am continuing in a comment. If you see someone with a guitar like this take photos of the person and the guitar and send them to me here. If you have any information email it to me here. I know you all are very good at networking and using the Internet for just about anything. Spread the word, let your musician friends know, your local music stores, pawn shops…Let everyone know. I am not going to let up on this until the mystery is solved. My local, state and federal authorities are working with me and a pretty big network of people who are now searching. I want to invite you all to help as well. The world is big, but awfully small through the Internet. I just want back what is mine and the proper justice to follow. Thank you in advance for your help…
Chris”

This can not be emphasized enough, if you see this guitar, please contact the police and send Chris a message via his facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/chris.caffery) or his website: www.chriscaffery.com Every musician probably feels his pain over this.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for spreading the word!