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1979 / Present


Savatage is a heavy metal/progressive metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1979. The band is known for recording many rock operas. Early on, Savatage was a traditional heavy metal band, who stood out from the pack due to guitarist Criss Oliva's uncommonly heavy riffing and vocalist Jon Oliva's unique vocal stylings.

Following the failure of FIGHT FOR THE ROCK, an attempt to commercialize their sound, Savatage began moving in a more operatic direction, releasing a number of rock opera albums in collaboration with producer Paul O'Neill.

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Johnny Lee Middleton
since 1985 Unknown
Chris Caffery
since 1989 till 1990 Guitar
since 1994 till 2002 Guitar
since 2014 Guitar
Steve Wachholz
since 1980 till 1993 Unknown
Criss Oliva
since 1983 till 1993 Unknown
Zak Stevens
since 1992 till 2000 Unknown
Al Pitrelli
since 1995 till 2000 Electric guitar
John Zahner
since 1991 till 1992 lib/muslib/membership_type_1, Background vocals, Keyboard, Electric guitar
Jack Frost
since 2001 till 2002 Unknown
Jeff Plate
Jon Oliva
Robert Kinkel
since 1987 till 1987 Keyboard

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