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Old 01-20-2010, 02:00 AM
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"That compilation is something Paul (O'Neill / producer) helped put together, I didn't have much control over it," says Oliva. "I just wanted to get something out there to kind of cap things off because I've moved on. Those reunion rumours... some people have been saying things they probably shouldn't have. There was talk about doing a show to kind of give Savatage a send-off but the logistics of doing so just made it impossible. The guys have the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I have my JOP stuff, there's a lot of other things keeping us busy. It's pretty aggravating, though, with people always asking about when it's going to happen and pushing to have one. I mean, Savatage hasn't done anything in almost 10 years! It's just a small group of people, but they just won't let it go and I can't figure out why. You have the Savatage guys in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which was spawned from the Dead Winter Dead and Wake Of Magellan era of the band, you have Jon Oliva's Pain doing a lot of the old Savatage material, what more do you want?"

"Don't get me wrong. I love Savatage and it'll always be dear to my heart because that was my start, man. I still play the songs, I love playing those songs, but I've got a whole new career now. I'm on my fourth record with JOP for crying out loud! It's like, to the people that keep pushing for a Savatage reunion, just let it go. I've got the rights back for the Sirens and Dungeons albums, so I might do something with those in a few years, but JOP is my focus now and I'm hoping people will finally catch on that I have a new band (laughs)."


All well and good, Jon, but when you play sets containing 80-90% Savatage songs and only two JOP songs, who is it that needs to let it go?
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:18 PM
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I hate to say it, but fuck Jon Oliva. I am sick of this bullshit. When is Jon going to realize it's not just about him? Not just in the eyes of the fans but in the eyes of all the people involved. I've spoken to several of the once-members of Savatage, and the way Jon is giving them the run-around is pathetic. No one is asking him to bend over backwards (or fuck, given his current state, bend over, period), if he'd just agree to get back with the Sava-guys for like a dozen shows, world-wide, everyone would shut the fuck up and this would just die. People aren't bent out of shape because "Jon doesn't have a right to carry on from Savatage" or anything, but because Savatage just drifted into nothing without any goodbyes. They just went on indefinite hiatus. If they did like a dozen dates as a "farewell" tour, people would feel some sense of closure and accept that it's over.

Also, someone I know put it very well when they said: "If it was all about Jon and that's all people cared about, JOP would be headlining festivals instead of playing at noon".
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