Interview mit Chris Caffery
09. März 2005: "Was ist los im Hause Savatage?" Diese Frage beschäftigt seit Jahren die Fans der amerikanischen Legende - viel zu lange ist es still gewesen um Savatage. SACRED METAL nutzte (dank hervorragender Unterstützung von Angela Durst - danke nochmal!) die Gelegenheit, um ganz aktuell Chris Caffery zur derzeitigen Lage zu befragen. Damit nicht die geringste Gefahr der Verfälschung besteht, lasse ich das Interview im absolut wortgetreuen O-Ton. Here we go:
SACRED METAL: Hey Chris, I hope everything is alright? Did you play any guitar today?
Thanks for the
interview...actually I am away from home for the weekend. This
SACRED METAL: When someone would ask for whom or which band you actually play the guitar – what would be your answer?
I for many years have answered that question as Savatage...but as we all know
SACRED METAL: Savatage is soon celebrating their 25th birthday. In some interview one year ago, Jon said that the band is planning some special releases for this event. Can you tell us more?
We are planning lots of things. I hear of CD, DVD, DVD with old footage, DVD
with new anniversary concert. I suppose when I start to see actual print add
release dates we can say for sure when and what will be out!
SACRED METAL: “Savatage” is a good keyword: I’m really afraid that this band is dying slowly and will never be awaken again. Jon told the German readers in a recent interview that the band is currently “on hold” and that he does not know what and when a new record can be made. What is your current appraisal of this situation?
This "Hold" that Jon speaks of is why I did my solo CD. Jeff Plate and I sat for
years waiting for Savatage to do a CD. Never for one minute did I put something
in front of Savatage as priority. I did what I had to do because the band put
out 1 CD in what is now 8 years. I love Savatage and would love to see a new CD.
It has just been so long. It has to be special or the fans, this includes
myself...will be disappointed. I have said it a million times, I would
SACRED METAL: Paul O’Neill, too, has said something about the future of the band: He is quoted that there is a whole new record written, but the only problem is to get all the musicians that are involved in the band, together into the studio. Come on – I can’t believe that. You and Jon put out a solo record, Paul has TSO – it couldn’t be that hard to record THE next record of a Metal legend!
I believe Jon and Paul are the only ones who can pull the lever to start this
machine. I would do a CD, tour, strip naked and paint the logo on my back and
run through the streets of Germany tomorrow. I would play in front of 6 people
in a coffee shop, 60,000 people at a festival. Every venue in between. I would
play for pizza. It has nothing to do with money with me. So, I really do not
have the answers as to why Savatage is not in the studio.
SACRED METAL: For me, Jon Oliva is the guy who has always believed in Savatage. What is your opinion about the Mountainking right now? In what condition is he right now?
I believe that Jon believes in Savatage. In an essence once Criss passed away
SACRED METAL: Did you already hear some of the new songs for Savatage Paul talked about?
A few I have written with Jon and Paul, so I have heard them...a few I have
SACRED METAL: Do you think it will ever happen again that we will get a Savatage record with not so much input by Paul, but by Jon and you? In other words: a METAL CRUSHER??
Paul has been basically a member of Savatage since the Gutter era...he became
the full time lyricist for Streets. As much as I think some fans would love a
full metal crusher I feel many would miss the elements Paul has
SACRED METAL: Do you feel comfortable playing with TSO? I know that you can make a lot of money there – but is it really what you want to do?
I enjoy playing with TSO. I have been there since day one, so I get a good
SACRED METAL: If you had to describe recent Savatage with not more than five adjectives – what would those be?
CHRIS CAFFERY: Not sure if you mean the band that has toured or the one that has not.... One adjective would have to be... Tired...obviously not BUSY! ;)
Michael Kohsiek / www.sacredmetal.de