JON OLIVA'S PAIN, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, MANTICORA; First North American Dates Confirmed

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, CIRCLE II CIRCLE and MANTICORA will team up for the first leg of the North American "Global Intrusions" tour this fall. This marks the first time that Jon Oliva (JON OLIVA'S PAIN, SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Zak Stevens (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, ex-SAVATAGE) have toured together since their days in SAVATAGE in 1999.

So far the following shows have been confirmed:

Sep. 20 - Bourbon Street - Tampa, FL (JON OLIVA'S PAIN, CIRCLE II CIRCLE only)
Sep. 27 - Center Stage - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA IX (JON OLIVA'S PAIN only)
Sep. 29 - Pop's - St Louis, MO
Oct. 03 - I-Rock - Detroit, MI
Oct. 04 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 10 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Oct. 11 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC

Other dates:

Sep. 24 - The Vinyl - Atlanta, GA (Zak Stevens acoustic set featuring Mitch Stewart of CIRCLE II CIRCLE)
Sep. 25 - Center Stage - Atlanta, GA (HELLOWEEN/GAMMA RAY with special guests MANTICORA)

More shows will be announced soon.

Commented Oliva: "Wow, it's certainly been a while since I have been able to get back on the road here in America...it must be snowing in hell. It's going to be great touring in support of what I consider one of the best records of my career. We really pulled out all the stops for this one. Touring with Zak and the CIRCLE II CIRCLE guys is going to be a treat as well, especially for SAVATAGE fans. We've got a few tricks up our sleeves so don't miss out as it may never happen again. Looking forward to seeing all of you soon."

Added Stevens: "It's always special to perform on the same bill with Jon Oliva, especially here in the States! Obviously, Jon has been a huge influence on my musical career and I remain one of his biggest fans. This tour will be a special event for all our fans that have enjoyed our work throughout the SAVATAGE years and now into the new generation of JON OLIVA'S PAIN and CIRCLE II CIRCLE music."

MANTICORA's Lars Larsen commented: "For us, this is a great opportunity as we now get the chance to start in Europe with Oliva and then finish the party in North America with one our our biggest inspirations."

Interested promoters and venues should contact Intromental Booking USA (web site) for details.

AFM Records is set to release JON OLIVA'S PAIN's "Global Warning" on March 8 and CIRCLE II CIRCLE's "Delusions of Grandeur" on April 25 of this year.

"Global Warning" features a guest appearance by guitarist Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, ex-DEICIDE, DEATH, ICED EARTH) on two songs: "Adding the Cost" and "You'll Never Know".

JON OLIVA'S PAIN peforming live:

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