Zak Stevens (Savatage, TSO, Archon Angel - Jan. 2020)
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents singer, Zak Stevens (Savatage, TSO, Archon Angel). Recorded January 2nd 2020.
Expect Archon Angel to tour Europe (including Greece, France, Germany, etc...) in April 2020.
During our conversation Zak discusses his new band Archon Angel, the importance of branding, the 'punishing' touring schedule with TSO, guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Cher, Whitesnake), the return of Savatage, the future of Archon Angel, 70 000 Tons Of Metal cruise, Aldo Nova, coming in for the recording of the Savatage album Edge Of Thorns & becoming the band's new voice and much more.
Selected quotes from the interview:
On surviving TSO's grueling tour schedule: "You have to have a militarized routine. You just get into it and go. It's the wildest thing I've ever seen - the TSO tours. It's a different animal - that's for sure."
Archon Angel's press release describes the new Fallen album as having the 'classic Savatage sound', Zak comments: "When we started with the Archon Angel stuff, we didn't think this was Savatage-esque. Even I didn't think it was overwhelmingly like Savatage. The press is hearing stuff... I wonder if that's more like something the person is hearing for themselves and going 'oh yeah, we've been wanting Savatage and this sounds like it.' When, we, the musicians looked at it... It may be here or there, but not like an overwhelming thing. I'd be the first one to say, 'wait a minute I can't... this is just like Savatage. I'm not going to dive right into that. When you come from that history (I come from singing in Savatage), there's bound to be something that is going to remind somebody of that. You really can't get away from it, so don't try to run. It's gonna catch you."
The return of Savatage: "Yes, if you talk to the guys in Savatage, they would love to come together. We're just waiting on some decisions from above to see what the next step is." He further added, "All of a sudden, I'm seeing five Savatage songs in the second half of the TSO show and I'm going, 'Hint?' Who knows? I see some building on that side... Al Pitrelli, Johnny Lee Middleton, myself, Chris Cafferty, Jeff Plate, we're all kinda sitting there saying 'hmmm - this is very interesting...' Send Savatage out to tell a few stories from their old albums... We know we got it. We know that it's a demand and we know that there's a business demand especially coming from Europe... Be ready for the call."
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