Singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES) joined guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SBIERIAN ORCHESTRA) on stage on August 24 at Ripper's Rock House in Akron, Ohio to perform a couple of SAVATAGE classics: "Edge Of Thorns" and "Hall Of The Mountain King". Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
In a recent interview with Metal Meltdown, SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva explained why he is focusing on TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and is no longer interested in making albums and touring with SAVATAGE. "The bottom line comes down to, perish the thought, but it comes down to making a living," he said. "We're not 21 anymore.
"When people sometimes actually get snotty with me about it, and I'm like, 'Where the hell were all you guys when we needed you to buy the record?'
"If SAVATAGE would have released 'Dead Winter Dead' and it sold 2 million records, we wouldn't be having this conversation right now."
He continued: "Somebody else explain to me how I could release the same song the next year and it sell millions. And then I walk around and I've got six platinum records on my wall, and not one of them says SAVATAGE on it, folks. So what am I supposed to do? I've got a family to take care of. I've got responsibilities. I gave it as much time as I could to break. Now I have something that's become very successful. It's paid the bills for everybody, it's provided a living for all the guys from SAVATAGE. We're still a family, we're still together, we still love each other. Why would I want to do anything to destroy that? Why would I want to put a monkey wrench in that to rehearse a week and go put a SAVATAGE thing together? It doesn't make any sense to me."