JON OLIVA'S PAIN Bid Farewell To Late Guitarist Matt LaPorte's Mother - "It Was Always Such A Treat To See Her At Our Shows"

September 19, 2013, a year ago

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN featuring SAVATAGE frontman/founder Jon Oliva have issued the following message: "We are so sad to learn of the recent passing of Sharon LaPorte, beloved mother to our late guitarist and brother Matthew LaPorte. She was such a sweet and gracious woman who always met us with a smile and enthusiasm. We were not aware of her long battle until just a few days ago...guess she never wanted any of us to worry. It was always such a treat to see her at our shows. God bless you Sharon; time for you and Matthew to catch up and enjoy each other once again! Rest in Peace. Our deepest condolences to the entire LaPorte family. Sincerely, Jon Oliva, Christopher Kinder and the entire JOP family!" Oliva recently announced the dates for his upcoming Storytellers Tour. He has checked in with the following update: "We set up a new Facebook page dedicated to nothing but this upcoming tour. All shows, ticket links, VIP packages and all other relevant information surrounding these shows will be updated daily. Thank you all for the amazing enthusiasm and support so far! Cheers! Like the new link and stay connected." Go to this location to check out the new Facebook page.
As previously reported, a show has been added for Akron, Ohio at Ripper's Rock House on December 7th. Oliva's schedule is now as follows: December 1 - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, North Carolina 4 - Dingbatz - Clifton, New Jersey 6 - Rex Theatre - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7 - Ripper's Rock House - Akron, Ohio 8 - Mojoes - Joliet, Illinois 14 - State Theatre - Tampa, Florida More than thirty years after the start of his career with Savatage, and successive projects/bands like TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and Jon Oliva's Pain, now legendary songwriter and performer Jon Oliva released his first ever solo album, titled Raise The Curtain. The album was released simply under the banner OLIVA and you can expect a mixture of Jon Oliva’s early influences and the material he wrote and recorded throughout his whole artistic career.
Raise The Curtain tracklisting: 'Raise The Curtain' 'Soul Chaser' 'Ten Years' 'Father Time' 'I Know' 'Big Brother' 'Armageddon' 'Soldier' 'Stalker' 'The Witch' 'Can’t Get Away' 'The Truth' (bonus track) BW&BK's new interview with Oliva about his solo album, Raise The Curtain can be found at this location. Check out the first taste of the album, written by Jon Oliva and his late brother/Savatage guitarist Criss Oliva, via the 'Father Time' lyric video below:

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