Andy Laudano of reports that SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery recently completed a tour of the U.S. with Germany's Doro Pesch in support of his latest solo CD, "Pins & Needles". He was pulling double duty, opening the show and then playing in Doro's band.

"We've been friends for a long time," Chris explains. "Nick (Douglas), my bass player is in her band. I've played on some of her records and did the DVD with her at Wacken. She needed some help with a guitar player, and I was more than happy to do it. We hooked up, did this tour and everything's been good."

"Pins & Needles" is aggressive, heavy and at times experimental. "I could do what people are expecting and make an album that sounds exactly like SAVATAGE, but that's what Jon's [Oliva] basically doing with his stuff. I'm not here to compete with Jon, I'm just here to do my own stuff."

A lot had been said about SAVATAGE doing something to celebrate the band's upcoming 25th anniversary. There's been speculation that this could be, as fellow SAVATAGE/TSO guitarist Al Pitrelli put it, “the exclamation point at the end of the sentence.”

Caffery is hoping for something more. "Me, personally I don't want to put an exclamation point at the end of the sentence," Chris relates."I hear all the plans that are supposed to happen, and I'm gonna do whatever the band's gonna do, but I would rather the band do a record and a tour and keep doing them. When I hear that there's gonna be an exclamation point and people are going, 'I'm excited,' — then I'm sad. I don't want it to end."



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