are working on a new album. How is it going and what is the title
just about done and House Of Insanity itís called.
can we expect from it?
think this record is a little more what people would expect from
me. My last record was cool but it was the first time I was
working with a producer and I think I was listening to him more
than to my own gut. It was a cool record but I think it got away a
little from who I am. And from what most of my fans was looking
for musicly. And with this record it was like the longer the time
goes by that Savatage doesnít play the more I become
disconnected from the Savatage fans and that was really starting
to bother me. And some people think that I am one of the reasons
why Savatage doesnít play together because I do these records
and itís not that at all. I do these records becasue I wanna see
the Savatage fans and play and get music out. And the last thing I
wanted to do with this music was to alienate myself even further
from the fans. So with this music Iím going a little bit more
home with it. I think the Savatage fans will be very happy with it
when they hear it and say this is what weíve been waiting for.
special guests on it?
Stevens (Circle II Circle/Savatage) is doing a duet with on a song
called Solitaire. Glen Drover (Megadeth) did a guitarsolo on one
song.. John Macaluso (Tnt/Starbreaker) did the drums on this one.
And did an amazing job.That guy is a freak of nature. The most of
the record is just me. You know if anybody is gonna fuck up this
records...Itís gonna be me.
Iím kinda a little late. I was hoping to have it done by the
first week of July. So iím running kinda a month late on it. So
my hopes of getting it out in 2008
is ...I donít know if I can. But at least iím gonna try
to have it out in Europe in late October or early November but if
I canít itís gonna come out everywhere in Jan/Feb 2009. I
donít wanna rush it.I donít wanna mess it up.Itís a really
good record and the last thing I wanna do is waste the music
because iím in a hurry to get out there. I was hoping for
October but iím running a little late now but at least iím not
running 8 years late like Savatage have.
plans to tour in Europe and Sweden?
trying to figure that out now. I have to start with Trans-Siberian
Orchestra in October on their tour and that one isnít done till
the middle of January. So I have a few touring offers in January
so I have to see how it goes with the release and everything. I
think when the press gets a hold of this record and the label
starts to listen to it some other really intressting opperturnitys
will come up. So iím just gonna wait see and I think
Trans-Siberian Orchestra might tour outside of Christmas next year
too so iím just gonna have to wait and see what goes with that.
And thereís still talks about the magical Savatage
reunion might happen next summer,but who knows either. It
was our 25th anniversay in 2007 and we will the only band ever to
do a 25th anniversary tour in the 27th or 28th year.
there been any talk about doing a tour with Jon Olivaís Pain
are touring together and my only problem with that is the same
problem I think Paul OíNeill has with it. And he knows that the
Savatage fans really wanna see Savatage. And no single person of
course thereís Jon Oliva is the closest youíre gonna get and
he is the leader and the founder of the band but no single person
ever makes a band.
I think people really wanna see Savatage back together and I think
if we were to do this tour where you would have me, Jon and Zak
playing all their own music and then do a Savatage jam it would
like...Why the hell isnít Savatage playing. Because at that
point there really are no excuses for Savatage not to be playing.
We need Al, Johnny and Jeff to play and who knows they might wanna
play. I happy that Jon & Zakk is touring together and I have
done shows and toured with Jon. But me personally right now I
would like to see Savatage tour again. I think in the end itís
what the fans want and itís what I want as a fan of the band as
well itís my 21st year with the band since the first show with
the band.I think people really wanna see Savatage play. They miss
it and I miss it. Itís no offence to anybody Jon or Zakk or even
myself whoís doing anything on the side. I think everybody is
making good music but I think everyoneís really wanna see
Bruce Dickinson is doing great solo records on his own. Accident
Of Birth and The Chemical Wedding are two of my favorite albums
ever but Bruce and Adrian Smith were doing clubs and theatres. And
now theyíre back in Iron Maiden and they are selling millions of
tickets and everyone is going to see them. Itís just that
feeling when you get the band back together again and itís just
a complitelly differnet thing. Itís same same thing with Black
Sabbath when Osbourne,Butler and Ward came back with Iommi whom
Iím a huge fan of every record ever.It went the same way.And I
think thatís what people want in the end. And I think thatís
why people wanna see Savatage back together again. Especially the
Dead Winter Dead/The Wake Of Magellan line up and we got to the
level where we were abel to headline festivals and i think there
is what weíll be if the band got back together. Thatís the
line up that I think it should be.
is the talk about Savatage and next year now?
have to see. Thereís a few different things like schedueling and
just getting everyone on the same page. Cos the only thing that
can make Savatage play is Savatage.Itís at that point now where
everyone wants and the only thing holding us back is ourselves.
Iíve spoken to everyone induvidually and everybody wants
to do it. It will happen but I just donít know when yet.
new releases dvdís or albums?
plans to do a European tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra?
thatís part of the things thatís going on now. T.S.O. is doing
another none holiday cd. Itís called Night Castle and itís
another one of those where me and Night Castle is in the same
position where it Ďs a will it be out in 2008 thing. When it
comes out we are planning to tour outside Nov/Dec and outside the
United States. I think Europe will love it.Itís an amazing live
show. And I know Paul OíNeill would never bring it over here if
any short of what we have in the States. He would pay money to
play so that people could see it the way it should be. When we
bring the show over everyone will be blown away by it.
there any plans for another Doctor Butcher album?
are always plans for another Doctor Butcher album. But I have to
get Jon Oliva and time to do it.Jon is busier than all of us.
Always working on T.S.O. and his Jon Olivaís Pain so he more so
than everybody doesnít have the time now for Savatage or Doctor
Butcher becasue he is busier than me. But someday hopefullly. But
the good thing about it is that both me and Jon have done alot of
heavy music on our solo stuff. So I think if we ever did another
album it has to be so bombastically heavy that it would be really
fun to do. I would love to do it. Even if Jon wonít sing on the
whole album I was thinking maybe writing it like a horror opera
and maybe having guys like King Diamond and Ripper Owens to sing
on it as well.
are your favorite guitar players?
Schenker. Tony Iommi. Adrian Smith. Ted Nugent. Eddie Van Halen.
Yngwie Malmsteen. Rik Emmett. Randy Rhoads. I can sit here all day,
there are so many great guitarplayers.
to see you all on tour very soon!!!!
Andy Flash 2008-08-04
Jordi Sandalinas & Chris Caffery /Sonic Train Studios