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Chris Caffery @ Queens Library at Flushing (9/19/2009)

Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Savatage fame) would deliver an “Almost Acoustic” early evening set of music with some friends of his at the Flushing Queens Library Theatre, in Flushing Queens. The show was a mix of the guitarist’s originals, Savatage classics and a couple of interesting covers. This was the second show in a twenty four hour time frame for me which began with Stryper the evening before. My goal was to accomplish three interesting events and should you want to learn about this one just scroll on down.

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Artist: Chris Caffery
Venue: Flushing Library (Flushing, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 9/19/2009
Label: Independant Artist

The week was most certainly an interesting one and what began with a rousing Power Metal affair held by Stratovarius and Pagan’s mind just this past Wednesday continued into the Friday appearance of Christian Metal experts Stryper. This was truly a great way to hit the musical weekend and when I learned that an early Saturday gig would be happening from Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Savatage’s own Chris Caffery, I knew I had to see what was going on. The interesting thing was that this show would take place all the way out in Flushing, Queens and not be in a club at all, but instead in the theatre that is located within the Flushing Queens Library down on Main Street. It’s a very unlikely place for a Rock Show but Chris did play there last year and later in the day I would find out that Spread Eagle’s Ray West had done a set of his material there as well not long after. The show would find Chris with a full band and he would essentially turn it down just a bit and make it an “almost acoustic” event. Here is what transpired as I continued to do my music adventuring and attempt to hit three gigs in a twenty four hour time frame.

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Chris Caffery by Ken Pierce (2009)

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PiercingMetal Talks To Jon Oliva from Jon Oliva’s Pain/Savatage (12/12/2006)

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I’ve been a Savatage fan for many, many years and when the chance arose to speak to one of the bands founding members I eagerly jumped at the chance.  Jon Oliva is very simply “The Mountain King” and as leader of the band Savatage for many years, he delivered epic and influential Metal that is still relevant in today’s scene. In 1996 he co-founded The Trans-Siberian Orchestra with Paul O’Neill and is one of the group’s core composers of material that keep this juggernaut propelling forward each and every year. In 2003 he would form a band of his own design to carry his musical ideas forward. The band would be called “Jon Oliva’s Pain”, and include former members of Circle II Circle. In November of 2006 I had the chance to speak with Jon on behalf of Metal Edge magazine; the article appeared in the June 2007 edition and with this off the stands I am able to present the complete and unedited text as it happened. Enjoy.

PiercingMetal: Jon I am not sure you recall this, but you and I met a couple of years ago when you were in New York City to record some new Doctor Butcher stuff with Chris Caffery. We ended up hanging out together at Chris’ Superbowl Party in Queens.

Oliva: Oh that’s right at the bar. I remember.

PiercingMetal: Ok, so essentially we are going to do this for Metal Edge magazine and we are going to get some of your feelings on a couple of things. First of all congratulations on the new album “Maniacal Renderings” – I have to say that this record is a hell of a piece of Metal. Has the release met your expectations and approval?

Oliva: Absolutely, I am very happy with it and the response that people have been giving to it has been overwhelmingly good and for us that’s great.
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Jon Oliva’s Pain @ Brooklyn Music Terminal (9/16/2005)

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Artist: Jon Oliva’s Pain
Venue: Brooklyn Music Terminal
Opener: Chris Caffery, Beyond Fear
Date: 9/16/2005
Label: SPV Records

The walls were set to rumble at the announcement that Jon Oliva the mighty “Mountain King” would be returning to Brooklyn with his band “Pain”. This “Metal Insurgence Tour” would be partnering him with Chris Caffery and Tim “Ripper” Owens. As everyone knows Chris Caffery performed with Jon as a member of Savatage and Owens is currently the front man of Iced Earth. Combined this would prove to be a great night of Heavy Metal power. Local talent Operatika and Brooklyn’s own Gothic Knights would set off the night for this particular show. Operatika, who have recently set their demo recording “Dream World” on the world performed a very short set of only three songs. I am not sure what transpired but it could not have been fun for the band. Gothic Knights were up next and this would be the first time on stage for them in over a year. After the release of the “Up From The Ashes” CD, the group had split with LMP and also had some lineup changes. Even after so long an absence they sounded very good and it’s nice to see Power Metal is not reserved as a European export. I look forward to seeing more from them in the near future.
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“Tage Mahal” by Jon Oliva’s Pain

Artist: John Oliva’s Pain
Title: “Tage Mahal”
Label: SPV America
Release Date: 2/1/2005
Style: Heavy Metal
Rating: 9/10

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The “Mountain King” has returned to the Legions of Metal with a solid piece of music for all to enjoy. Yes, Jon Oliva the original voice power behind the influential power metal band Savatage is back with the debut CD from his new band “Jon Oliva’s Pain”. Entitled “Tage Mahal” the piece starts with Jon solo on the keyboard before the band kicks in. When they do it simply rocks. Given Jon’s past history with Savatage, the CD holds a very similar feel to it. As a matter of fact I instantly was reminded of the Savatage epic “Streets-A Rock Opera” when I started playing it. This CD was one of my favorites in the back catalog, and is a worthwhile companion piece of music to it.
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PiercingMetal Talks To Chris Caffery of Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Savatage (2/7/2004)

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Chris Caffery is the lead guitarist for the East Coast company of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and also performed with the now on hiatus Savatage.  He was preparing to record and release his first solo album when we did this interview and had drummer Jeff Plate along with him as some production on the music had been done earlier in the day.  We met up with Chris and Jeff at a local bar in Astoria, Queens and talked at length about a wide variety of topics.  Ken Pierce Meets Chris Caffery & Jeff Plate 2/7/04

Before I begin, let me apologize for the length of this piece. This was the first interview I had ever done and at the time I was the US Representative of The Metal Circus in Barcelona Spain. I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with Chris Caffery and Jeff Plate of Savatage and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. We discussed music, life and Savatage, The TSO and beyond. Instead of taking this as an interview think of it as a evening out with two great musicians as we all talk about a little of everything in a cool local bar. The empty chair at the table is for you. Sit down for awhile.

KEN – So as I mentioned to you in email, the site is primarily in Spanish, with a couple of dozen items submitted by me that retain an English translation. The goal is to move to a lot more English going forward. The readers loved the Trans Siberian Orchestra review that I did for them back in December and I was told by my colleagues that “we hate you, we hate you…..but we love you since you are able to bring us this interview”

Jeff – So how big is the site?

KEN – The Metal Circus Site is pretty big and it’s connected to a radio station that will soon be something metal fans can hear online. They also publish a magazine which I think is given away at the record shops and club shows. There is a sizable amount of CD and DVD product listed as well as concert coverage and interviews. I was contacted by their Director to be the NYC Reporter several months ago, and as result I have been hitting a lot of shows and reviewing a lot of music for them.

CHRIS – Did you see Iron Maiden a few weeks ago?

KEN – No, could not get a ticket and then the last night got cancelled, and Saturday was cut short since beer fell on a sound board.
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