anniversary is ready to get celebrated :) 25 years ago SAVATGE
released their legendary and groundbreaking album The Hall
Of The Mountain King. In 2012 the main man’s band
JON OLIVA’S PAIN comes around to play this masterpiece
in its entirety live. As the announcement was made I flew…
Till the show’s
day I was unaware of the support bands and so fairly curious.
In fact, there have been two more bands sharing stage with JON
OLIVA’S PAIN in a totally sold out, very packed, hellish
hot and tropically humid • Turock
Club •. (well, at least my cam and lenses
did not get fogged this time).
got kicked off by Belgian Power metallers ::
MAX PIE ::
And their start was… tough. The band had to go through many
sound problems, especially with the singing, which sounded much
off-key and out of tune, if to hear at all. Furthermore Jon Oliva’s
piano took most of the stage room and condemned all other musicians
to a very small radius of movement (and our sight as photographers).
Well, seemed the audience didn’t get used to MAX PIE
and still needed some more booze to warm up.
Setlist: Side Of Dime, Formatted Mind, Come To My Grave,
A Soldier's Dead, Like A September Day, When You're Gone, Seal
:: right after knew much more how to enthuse and to
convince the crowd. Different world. These Italian gents only
scratched my horizon of consciousness at its edge. Too stupid,
because their songs, all from their most recent release Phlegeton,
captivated me in a twinkling of an eye and develop such energy
and dynamics. And KINGCROW definitely love Pain Of Salvation
;) Best heard in Fading Out Pt. III. Generally KINCROW
own a similar kind of potential, are much varied, surprising,
with many twists and turns in the songs, sometimes epic and of
a brilliant musicianship. They are just more progressive Rock
the classic way. And live KINGCROW are definitely smashing!
Awesome band! I need more!
Setlist: Evision, Islands, Lovocaine, Timeshift Box,
Washing Out Memories, Fading Out Pt. III, Phlegeton
everybody rushed in and close to the stage. It got crowded. Packed.
Very cuddly and very hot. Jon Oliva jumped on stage, made jokes,
sat down behind his white piano and explained how the show would
go on. First :: JON
OLIVA’S PAIN :: played a best-of set through
the histories of SAVATAGE, JON OLIVA’S PAIN
and Jon Oliva’s old side project Doctor Butcher. And they
kicked with Gutter Ballet and Edge Of Thorns. How
fkg great is that? I immediately got gooseflesh all over while
shivers ran up and down the spine. And it wouldn’t stop
through the entire show as JOP played one classic after
another. Almost all songs got full-throated sang along and frenetically
With this small tour between the festival dates JON OLIVA’S
PAIN also introduce their new line-up consisting of Jon Oliva
(of course) voice, keyboards, Christopher Kinder - drums, Jerry
Outlaw - guitar, Joseph Diaz - guitar, and brand new: Jason Jennings
– bass, who is also for the very first time in Europe. He
seemed to be the happiest man on earth tonight, smiling all over
his face ;) Also the other gents played their souls out of body.
Jon Oliva always again jumped up communicating with the crowd
and doing his jokes. Some minor technical probs got solved quickly
and didn’t disturb as everybody was wallowing in these old
songs with engrossed faces. Some fans tried to surf the crowd
what didn’t work and caused some displeasure.
Many of the songs seemed to be Jon Oliva’s faves, and ones
of his late brother Criss (who often got mentioned), only one
he did not like at all. Other ones got performed live for the
very first time (Prelude To Madness if I got it right)
or for the first time after decades. To cut a long story short:
the show was full of highlights and premiers and got closed with
the grandiose Believe. One might sense it already: the
show was utmost marvelous, stunning, outstanding, the best of
best in a long time! Such an awesome evening *sighs* I just would
have wished to get some better music afterwards during the disco
to let this evening fade away appropriate. It was all about this
nu-whatever shit focused on the kiddies below 20. I tell you I
felt really old there. So I left soon after.
Gutter Ballet, Edge Of Thorns, Death Rides A Black Horse, Sirens,
Don’t Talk To Me, Power Of The Night, Festival, Tonight
He Grins Again, Walk Upon The Water, Ghost In The Ruins
24 Hrs. Ago, Beyond The Doors Of The Dark, Strange Wings, Legions,
The Price You Pay, Devastation, White Witch, Prelude To Madness,
Hall Of The Mountain King, Believe