News is still coming in, but JON OLIVA's PAIN guitarist and collaborator with many a Florida based metal outfit, guitarist Matt LaPorte has passed away. CIRCLE II CIRCLE bassist Mitch Stewart referenced the unfortunate event on his Facebook page. More information as it becomes available.
Laporte and Oliva recently scheduled an intimate performance/songwriting clinic at Seminole Music & Sound in Seminole, Florida on May 8th.
Laporte performed on all Jon Oliva's Pain albums from 2004's 'Tage Mahal to last year's Festival.