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  JON OLIVA TALKS ABOUT FIRST SOLO RECORD "RAISE THE CURTAIN"
8th June 2013

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Known by the simple signature surname Oliva, AFM is pleased to present the first ever solo album by The Mountain King. Due for release on June 24th as CD, Digipak and limited edition gatefold vinyl, this album sees the voice of Savatage and Jon Oliva's Pain release his first solo record, backed by friend Dan Fasciano and drummer Chris Kinder.

Produced at Morrisound in his native Florida, "Raise The Curtain" is a sumptuous journey through the Prog Rock, 70's musical influences and well-thumbed hard rock palette that has been at the centre of the Jon Oliva story for some 30 years.

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Jon has been talking extensively about the background to the record.

"After the passing of my dear friend Matt LaPorte, I felt very confused about the future of Jon Oliva's Pain. A week or so after Matt's service, I was speaking to my friend Dan Fasciano about what I wanted to do. He suggested that I come by his home, where he has a full studio and we just hang out and record whatever I had. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Dan also had tons of unfinished music that he wanted to do something with. And it was very strange because he had tons of stuff and so did I. I don't remember how we actually started writing together but it just happened."

On working on the new material...

"Then it became almost like a competition. I would show up at the house at 9am and we just started combining what we both had; somehow it was magic. On the phone, he'd say, "I hope you've got something today, because I do…..." And we recorded over 60 songs in a very short period of time. I was amazed at the fact that his music and mine were very similar and easy to join together. I knew that this CD was going to be very different and I wanted to play as much of it myself as I could. This was something I had to do for me and for Criss..."

On the 'Helping Hands'...

"Dan and Chris Kinder's help (my Jon Oliva's Pain drummer) was crucial to this CD coming out the way it did. The work of Tom and Jim Morris and Wayne Le'fleur, was crucial also."

On the last music of brother Criss Oliva...

"The fact that this is the last of Criss's music (who died 20 years ago in a car accident), makes me sad but I'm also happy that I got all his music out to the fans, because that's what he would have wanted. Everyone who pushed me to do this album: I thank you, your support is crucial to me. I so much loved recording this CD and I got to fulfill my deepest musical fantasy. At the same time, I got the rest of Criss's music out. It was a labour of love I'm very proud of; thank you all for listening."





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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