We’ve already hailed Festival as one of our albums of the year and we’ll review and rate the Savatage CD on Sunday.
There’ll be a full interview with Jon right here very soon but for now let’s take a look at what makes the larger than life frontman tick in this week’s rushonrock Rider.
On your iPod: I loved the Heaven & Hell album from last year and I’m listening to Opeth and Kamelot at the moment. I’m also a huge classic rock fan and Queen are one of my favourite bands of all time.
Small Screen Pleasure: I’m a big History Channel fan. I like watching stuff about UFOs and there’s a new show called Monster Quest which I’m becoming addicted to.
Making a meal of it: Anything Italian thanks.
Drivetime: I drive a huge SUV which costs around $1m to fill up but it’s a nice, big, roomy vehicle which I take with me when I go bass fishing. I’ve also got a 1995 Mustang Convertible for when I’m not going fishing…
Ace Place: I’ve lived in London when I was recording with Savatage and it’s a place I always like to come back to. But I love Athens, Amsterdam and most big German cities. I love Europe and I love castles!
Dream destination: It’s got to be Australis but I hate flying. They have to knock me out on the seven hour flight from Frankfurt to New York so I’m not sure I could take the flight to Australia. I’m like Mr T on the A Team.
Nickname shame: Yank. I was, and always will be, a New York Yankees fan.