Was ist nur los im Jahre 2016? Ein weiterer Grosser der Rockszene hatte gerade noch Glück. Savatage Mastermind Jon Oliva hat bereits im April diesen Jahres einen Schlaganfall erlitten. Er ist ja zwar schon ein echter Pfundskerl geworden, und wahrscheinlich wird im das der Arzt auch gesagt haben, aber egal, er ist und bleibt ein musikalisches Genie. Und so ist es ganz gut, dass Jon die Kurve nochmal gekriegt hat, und mittlerweile auch wieder auf dem Weg der Besserung ist. So konnte er auch wieder die Arbeit an seinem Solo Doppelalbum aufnehmen. Jon Oliva liess es sich aber nicht nehmen auf Facebook noch folgendes Statement zu veröffentlichen.

“Dear Friends,

I know I have been out of the touch for quite a while.
So I thought it was time I brought you all up to speed.

As some of you know (but most do not), I suffered
a stroke back in April. It was not as serious as it
could have been, but it did leave me with some physical
recovery challenges often associated with strokes.
Physical therapy and rehab sessions are getting me back to normal
and I am once again feeling confident about recording new
music. Needless to say, such a traumatic health issue was a real
epiphany for me….oh yeah!

I don’t regret the way I have lived my life…I lived the
rock-n-roll lifestyle since I was 18. It’s all I knew and
I enjoyed the ride very much. But there comes a time
in everyone’s life where you have to step back and make
some life changing decisions…which I have!

So with a fresh and energized approach to my life, I can now
focus on the release of a double-album of new Oliva
music to be recorded and released very soon. I have been putting
together a collection of songs for the past year – which I am very
proud of. I think all Sava/JOP/TSO and Dr Butcher fans will really
enjoy it. I believe it will be my finest effort yet and will feature all the
different flavors of my musical influences and history. I promise not
to let you down!

So to all my fans: Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your
love and support over these many years together. Your desire for
my music helps to fuel my soul and my love to create that music.

God bless you all- no matter what or who that god may be.
More details coming soon….

Love and peace to each and every one of you!

Jon “The Mountain King” Oliva”