JON OLIVA’S PAIN, the Florida-based band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, will play SAVATAGE’s classic 1987 album, “Hall Of The Mountain King”, in its entirety at the warm-up party for next year’s Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place July 13-14, 2012 in Balingen, Germany. Joining JON OLIVA’S PAIN for the “Hall” 25th-anniversary performance on July 12 will be Oliva’s SAVATAGE bandmate Chris Caffery. Caffery and JON OLIVA’S PAIN are also expected to play several songs from DOCTOR BUTCHER, the early 1990s project created by Oliva and Caffery at a time when they were not active members of SAVATAGE.
“Hall Of The Mountain King” was the first SAVATAGE album to be produced by Paul O’Neill and it showed the beginning of the band’s progressive tendencies as they explored new forms of expression in their music. Many fans consider this LP a turning point in SAVATAGE’s musical identity. As the group’s first concept effort, it had a constant tone and was more complex than their previous albums, with two entirely instrumental tracks that go beyond simple guitar riffs and solos, namely “Prelude To Madness” and “Last Dawn”.
As previously reported, Caffery will join CIRCLE II CIRCLE — the band led by former SAVATAGE frontman Zak Stevens — for a performance of the classic 1997 SAVATAGE album “The Wake Of Magellan” (which featured both Stevens and Caffery) in its entirety at next year’s edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2012 in Wacken, Germany.