PDA

View Full Version : Questions for an Interview I'm doing...


Maiden33
03-17-2010, 08:17 PM
Hey - I don't expect to get too much feedback on here - I know this place isn't exactly jumping with Savatage and Circle II Circle fans - but I'm going to be interviewing Zak Stevens (Savatage vocalist, 1992 - 1999, Circle II Circle, Machines of Grace) for my radio show. It's going to be a written interview / Q&A type of deal, and we're accepting fan questions.

If anyone here is a fan of Zak and has any serious questions, post them and I'll put them in the interview with your first name and location.

ravenheart
03-17-2010, 08:46 PM
How long do CIIC have left on their deal with AFM, and when it's up will you be seeking a label with actual distribution so fans have a chance of actually buying your CDs?

(Don't sign to Frontiers)

overkill13
03-17-2010, 10:19 PM
Will there be a U.S. tour for their new album, particularly shows in the PA/NY/NJ area? I'm dying to see them again! The last tour with JOP was awesome. Great show in Allentown.

overkill13
03-17-2010, 10:21 PM
By the way, my name is Andrew and I'm from Exton (suburb of Philly). Also, please let me know where I can hear this interview or if you could send me an mp3 or something, that would be awesome! Thanks.

Maiden33
03-17-2010, 10:26 PM
Will there be a U.S. tour for their new album, particularly shows in the PA/NY/NJ area? I'm dying to see them again! The last tour with JOP was awesome. Great show in Allentown.

I don't know how early you came to that show, but before Manticora went on, there was one local band on that stage - that was my band.

The interview won't actually be audio - it's gonna be a written interview / Q&A, since we can't do real-time audio interview over the air. We did a similar interview with Nick Van Dyk from Redemption last year.

overkill13
03-17-2010, 10:32 PM
Oh, ok. Well, be sure to post whatever he says somewhere here, haha. Anyways, yeah I was there pretty early. I'm guessing you were in the band with the female singer who did the Savatage cover? If so, you guys were really good!

Maiden33
03-17-2010, 10:36 PM
Oh, ok. Well, be sure to post whatever he says somewhere here, haha. Anyways, yeah I was there pretty early. I'm guessing you were in the band with the female singer who did the Savatage cover? If so, you guys were really good!

Yeah, that was us - we specifically learned Strange Wings just for that show because Savatage was one of all of our favorite bands. I play guitar, by the way. Thanks for the compliment.

That night was so much fun - and we hit it off really, really well with the band and crew and got invited to come see and hang out with them all in New York the next night, which was probably even more fun.

overkill13
03-17-2010, 10:42 PM
Dude, thats awesome. That was one of my favorite shows I've ever been too. And I've been to a shitload. I think I enjoyed Circle II Circle the most. JOP was amazing, though. It was great to see Zak come out and do the song Chance with them. I never thought that song could be pulled off live. Believe was another highlight. I did get to meet Zak by the merch stand, he's a really nice guy, and he seemed generally surprised when I told him he was one of my favorite vocalists.

Maiden33
03-17-2010, 10:47 PM
Dude, thats awesome. That was one of my favorite shows I've ever been too. And I've been to a shitload. I think I enjoyed Circle II Circle the most. JOP was amazing, though. It was great to see Zak come out and do the song Chance with them. I never thought that song could be pulled off live. Believe was another highlight. I did get to meet Zak by the merch stand, he's a really nice guy, and he seemed generally surprised when I told him he was one of my favorite vocalists.

Yeah, I met all the guys over the course of the two days - most of them more than once. Zak is one of the nicest people I've ever met - band member or not, he's just a genuinely great and friendly guy. And yeah, seeing Zak sing with JOP was great - probably the closest I'll ever get to seeing Savatage. Actually in New York the next night Chris Caffery came out to do Edge of Thorns - so Zak, Jon, and Chris were all on-stage together. "Believe" was so intense - I'm not ashamed to admit I cried - that's a strong candidate for my favorite song of all-time, and Jon just always gives such a powerful performance. I was going through a lot of rough shit at that time (I was actually homeless that week, just staying with a friend), but those 48 hours with all those guys just made my whole world seem 1,000x better. I can't thank them enough for that experience.

... also, I probably exhausted Jon Oliva by having him sign like 20 CD booklets.

overkill13
03-17-2010, 10:51 PM
Yeah, thats awesome man. I wish I was at the NY show too. Thats cool those shows were able to brighten up your life at that time.

Maiden33
03-17-2010, 10:55 PM
Yeah, thats awesome man. I wish I was at the NY show too. Thats cool those shows were able to brighten up your life at that time.

Yeah. Actually, my sister (my band's singer) and I were a lot of the reason that show even happened. The last show added to that tour's schedule was a show in Philadelphia, but it was canceled about 3 weeks before the show. We're good friends with the promoter/bookie from the Sterling Hotel, and he asked about possibly booking them (he had originally inquired), and we told him to do whatever he had to do to get it, and we'd work our asses off to promote it the best we could.

Turn-out was still pretty bad, but I guess that's what you get when you play down the street from a venue that Testament played at the same night.

Derelict
03-18-2010, 06:48 AM
By the way, my name is Andrew and I'm from Exton (suburb of Philly). Also, please let me know where I can hear this interview or if you could send me an mp3 or something, that would be awesome! Thanks.

I live about 15 mins from you...I grew up in Exton

overkill13
03-18-2010, 07:01 AM
I live about 15 mins from you...I grew up in Exton

Woah, thats crazy. Pretty cool though.

overkill13
03-18-2010, 07:06 AM
Yeah. Actually, my sister (my band's singer) and I were a lot of the reason that show even happened. The last show added to that tour's schedule was a show in Philadelphia, but it was canceled about 3 weeks before the show. We're good friends with the promoter/bookie from the Sterling Hotel, and he asked about possibly booking them (he had originally inquired), and we told him to do whatever he had to do to get it, and we'd work our asses off to promote it the best we could.

Turn-out was still pretty bad, but I guess that's what you get when you play down the street from a venue that Testament played at the same night.

Yeah, I remember a lot of people coming in after Testament was done, including Testament themselves. It was like in the middle of JOP's set. But yeah the turnout was disappointing. It's pretty certain both bands will never play Allentown again, especially since the Sterling Hotel closed, and we know how bad the Croc Rock is.

The Green and Black
04-09-2010, 11:56 AM
Ohhh, don't get started on the Jon Oliva show in Allentown. My experience was quite different! I was planning/promoting the show in Phila since it was announced, and then it gets cancelled and moved to Allentown last minute! And I had no way to get there, and no one to go with, so I missed out. Boo! And then Testament shows up to hang out too, salt on the wound. I'm still bitter about the whole thing. I wish I could have been there. But there was no way for me to pull it all together and make alternate plans in time. :angry:

JuuKun
04-09-2010, 12:39 PM
I'm so jealous of anyone who got to see Manticora on that tour. JOP and CIIC as well, of course, but especially Manticora :mad:.

I worked with one of the guys at Intromental at getting a date anywhere in New England, but everything fell through. Argh. I wanted to see that tour so bad.