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Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1979 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The band was first called Avatar, shortly before the release of their debut album Sirens, they changed their name to Savatage as Avatar was taken by another band. Savatage is considered a significant member of the American heavy metal movement of the early-to-mid 1980s, has been cited as a key influence on many genres such as power metal, progressive metal, speed metal, thrash metal, death metal and symphonic metal. Savatage has released two live albums, four compilations and three EPs; the band first reached substantial commercial success with its third studio album Fight for the Rock, which peaked at number 158 on the Billboard 200. Its next four albums—Hall of the Mountain King, Gutter Ballet, Streets: A Rock Opera and Edge of Thorns —were successful, but more critically acclaimed than Fight for the Rock. On October 17, 1993, six months after the release of Edge of Thorns, guitarist Criss Oliva was killed in a car accident.

Following his death, Jon decided to continue Savatage in memory of his brother. The band released four more studio albums, went through several line-up changes before going on an extended hiatus in 2002. During the years—partly before the hiatus—members founded various new bands such as Jon Oliva's Pain, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Circle II Circle and Doctor Butcher. On August 2, 2014, Savatage announced. Criss Oliva and his brother Jon formed their first band together, Avatar, in 1979, from the ashes of their former bands Tower and Alien respectively. In 1980, the duo met up with Steve "Doc" Wacholz and practiced in a small shack behind the Oliva home, dubbed "The Pit" by the band. Wacholz tried out to be part of Jon's band, but when the first Savatage line-up was taking shape, on drum duties, was relieved of them by Wacholz, they gave Steve a nickname that would follow him throughout his career: "Doctor Hardware Killdrums" shortened to just "Doc" or "Doc Killdrums", which referred to Steve's hard playing style.

Criss and Steve played Tampa and Clearwater area clubs for many years. In 1981, Keith Collins joined them to relieve Jon of bass guitar duties. In late 2006, footage was released onto the internet of an early performance by Avatar at a gig in a Clearwater, Florida parking lot and was prominent in featuring an early version of the song "Holocaust", which would be released on Savatage's first album and a cover of Van Halen's "Eruption" and VH's version of "You Really Got Me". In 1982, Avatar took part in some heavy metal compilations, most notably "The YNF Pirate Tape", a promotion by Tampa rock radio station 95ynf for local Florida bands. Shortly after its release, "Avatar" was forced to change its name due to copyright issues. Combining the words "Savage" and "Avatar", the band decided on Savatage. We wrote out Avatar on a big piece of poster paper... and Criss said, "Put a big S in front of Avatar," and it was like, "SAVATAR." I was like, "That sounds like a bad dinosaur," but we liked the way it looked.

So finally, out of nowhere, I don't remember who it was—it might have been Criss' wife or my wife—somebody said, "Take the R out and put a GE," and we did, it was "SAVATAGE." I was like, "That was cool," not "SA-VA-TAGE," but "SAVATAGE," like "SAVA" for Savage and "TAGE" for mystical or whatever. From that moment on we were Savatage, their first two albums and The Dungeons Are Calling, were released on Par Records, an independent label. In 1985, they signed a contract with Atlantic Records and released their third album Power of the Night. Power of the Night, produced by Max Norman, who would go on to produce Megadeth's 1992 album Countdown to Extinction, showcased the band's unorthodox approach to metal, which included Jon's liberal use of keyboards on songs like "Fountain of Youth" and Broadway-style song structures like the kind employed on "Warriors", it fell short of sales expectations. Atlantic budgeted to provide funds to make a video for "Hard for Love", on the condition that it be retitled "Hot for Love" for broadcast purposes.

The band refused to change the song and a video was not released. In 1986, after the release of their fourth album, Fight for the Rock, a failed attempt at a commercial approach imposed by the record company which the band themselves called Fight for the Nightmare, Savatage toured with Metallica, KISS and Motörhead; the band were not happy with pressure from the label to include two cover versions. Jon Oliva had been retained to write material for other artists on the Atlantic label, such as John Waite and other pop-rockers; the label demanded Savatage record the material themselves. In a choice they would regret, the band agreed. Not only did it destroy them in the press, it nearly destroyed the band and sent Jon into his early alcohol and drug problems. Jon admitted however the album did have strong points, including the band's cover of Badfinger's "Day After Day". During this time, original bassist Keith Collins left the band, Johnny Lee Middleton joined the band. Since 1987, Johnny has been the only consistent member of Savatage.

In 1987, Savatage released their first commercial

Bob Burns III

Bob Burns is an American actor, producer and historian of props and other paraphernalia from science fiction and horror motion pictures. He is best known for his work with and collection of movie props from horror and science-fiction movies, he has had numerous smaller acting roles in movies, including Tracy the Gorilla in the 1975 television show The Ghost Busters. Bob's Basement is the informal name given to Burns's collection of props and other memorabilia; the New York Times stated that it could be described as the "premier film museum in the Los Angeles area, though it is not open to the public and has no regular hours." Notable contents include the last surviving 18-inch armature model used in the animation sequences of the original 1933 King Kong movie, costumes from several of the Republic Pictures serials of the 1940s, masks from several different movies made by special make-up effects creator Rick Baker, a 7-time Academy Award winner for makeup, the original Time Machine from the George Pal film of the same name.

The Smithsonian Institution has made several offers to acquire the King Kong 18-inch armature model, but all of the offers have been refused. One famous director offered Burns half a million dollars for the model and again, Burns turned it down. Burns says that he has no plans of selling or donating the prop, as he wishes it to stay in Hollywood. Beast Wishes, by film makers Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, is described as "a documentary film about a man, a gorilla... and a woman who loves them both!" It honors the love and passion of Bob Burns, his energy spent saving the props which made past films come alive, which would otherwise have been relegated to the dumpster. Clips of the film were shown at the Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, California, on April 15, 2012; the showing was one part of a panel of guests, including Bob and Kathy Burns, in which stories and anecdotes were shared. Invasion of the Saucer Men Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters Rat Pfink a Boo Boo Superman vs. the Gorilla Gang....

Kogar the Gorilla The Further Adventures of Major Mars The Ghost Busters as "Tracy, The Gorilla" with Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch on the CBS-TV Series 1975 but is credited as the one who "trained" Tracy. The Further Adventures of Major Mars.... Major Mars Robot Monster: Special Edition Drive.... Doctor/Co-pilot Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here.... Muffo - alien character with elephant's trunk "Mac Tonight" Character puppeteering for, promotion for Mc DONALD'S television Commercials Forrest J. Ackerman's Amazing Worlds of Science Fiction & Fantasy.... Himself The Vampire Hunters Club.... Bob Monster Kid Home Movies.... Various Roles The Sky Is Falling: Making'The War of the Worlds' The Naked Monster.... Admiral Burns/Tracy the Gorilla King Kong.... NY Bystander Dark and Stormy Night.... Kogar the Gorilla The Lovely Bones.... Mall Shopper The Creature Walks Among Us, with film historian Tom Weaver The Fly II, with director Chris Walas Frankenstein 1970, with actress Charlotte Austin and film historian Tom Weaver Godzilla Raids Again, with film historians Steve Ryfle, Ed Godziszewski, Stuart Galbraith IV The Mummy, with film historians Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steven Haberman, Brent Armstrong Revenge of the Creature, with actress Lori Nelson and film historian Tom Weaver The War of the Worlds, with filmmaker Joe Dante and film historian Bill Warren The White Gorilla, with film historian Tom Weaver The Bride and the Beast, with actors Charlotte Austin and Slick Slavin and film historian Tom Weaver Burns, Bob.

It Came From Bob's Basement. Abingdon, MD: Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0-8118-2572-6. Weaver, Tom. Monster Kid Memories. Dinoship, Inc. ISBN 978-0-9728585-2-6; the Official Bob Burns Website Bob Burns III on IMDb

Alec Wilkinson

Alec Wilkinson is a writer, on the staff of The New Yorker since 1980. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer he is among the "first rank of" contemporary American "literary journalists... of Naipaul, Norman Mailer and Agee."He is the author of ten books: His most recent book is The Ice Balloon, the account of the Swedish visionary aeronaut S. A. Andree's attempt, in 1897. Before Wilkinson was a writer, he spent a year as a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, the subject of Midnights, a Year with the Wellfleet Police, before that he was a rock and roll musician, playing in a number of bands, including one in Berkeley, California with Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan's longtime bass player and bandleader. Wilkinson began writing when he was twenty four, showing work to William Maxwell, his father's friend, who in addition to being a novelist and short-story writer, had for forty years been an editor of fiction at The New Yorker, they worked together for years. Maxwell died in July 2000.

My Mentor describes their friendship. Wilkinson's honors include a Lyndhurst Prize, a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and a Guggenheim fellowship, he is married, has a son, lives in New York City. He is the brother of Leland Wilkinson. Midnights, a Year with the Wellfleet Police. New York: Random House, 1982. Moonshine: a Life in Pursuit of White Liquor. New York: Knopf, 1985. ISBN 0394545877. Big Sugar; the Riverkeeper. ISBN 0679741348 A Violent Act. ISBN 0679749829 My Mentor. ISBN 0618382690 Mr. Apology and other essays. ISBN 0618123113 The Happiest Man in the World. ISBN 1407013114 The protest singer: an Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. ISBN 0307272370 The Ice Balloon. ISBN 000746004X Alec Wilkinson's contributor profile on The New Yorker Sample text from Mr. Apology and Other Essays by Alec Wilkinson. Unwin, Stewart. "Alec Wilkinson bibliography"

Limited Feedback Interaction

Limited Feedback Interaction is a recording technique used in the creation of improvised music.'LFI' limits the number of other players each participant can hear. It requires acoustic separation of any player not playing an electric instrument, as well as headphones for all players. Instead of each player listening to the entire ensemble, the number of players in each person's headphones is limited, so that collaboration is more intense and directed—hence the name,'Limited Feedback Interaction,' abbreviated as'LFI.' This technique has been described in the newsletter for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music In the United States, 2010, issue no. 4, in the article "On not hearing everyone..." Limited Feedback Interaction networks are divided into two main categories—reciprocal & non-reciprocal—and possess different features. LFI matrices are better suited to certain numbers of players, require a spirit of open-minded collaboration to be successful, they are not limited in size other than by the capabilities of the hardware available.

In a reciprocal LFI network, each player can hear, be heard by, the same people. For example, in the following chart we can see each player's headphone-mates: Since each player can both hear and be heard by the same subset of players, direct musical interaction and imitation can take place; this variety of LFI matrix is the'drum circle' type, since playing in it is like playing in a drum circle, wherein one can hear one's immediate neighbors, one's immediate neighbors can do the same. However, each player's "immediate neighbors" are unique, which gives each player a unique monitor mix within which to improvise. In a non-reciprocal LFI network, each player can not be heard by any players. For example, in the following chart we can see each player's headphone-mates: This type of LFI Matrix results in a more chaotic, multi-layered piece of music. An LFI matrix's is symmetrical. If LFI matrix participants have differing numbers of'headphone-mates,' those matrices are asymmetrical; the first example is a seven-person, non-reciprocal symmetrical LFI Matrix: The next example is a seven-person, reciprocal asymmetric LFI matrix.

Limited Feedback Interaction matrices can be used to aid in the creation of any type of improvised music. However, there is potential for LFI matrices to yield interesting dialogue, productive brainstorming sessions, group-based problem solving, so forth

Punjab Ekta Party

The Punjab Ekta Party is a political party in India, founded by Sukhpal Singh Khaira on 8 January 2019. It is a Punjab-centric regional party. Sukhpal Khaira was elected in 2017 from the Bholath constituency on the ticket of the Aam Aadmi Party. After the resignation of H. S. Phoolka as Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, Khaira was appointed as his replacement. However, due to differences with central leadership he was sacked from the post. On 6 January 2019 he resigned from the Aam Aadmi Party and on 8 January formed new party, he declared interest in making an electoral coalition with like -minded parties in Punjab for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. As per Khaira, it is a party to "liberate Punjab from the clutches of corrupt traditional parties" of Punjab, it is a Punjab-centric party which promises to end corruption, sand mining, cable mafia, provide justice in the 2015 Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege case, stop police firing incidents. The Party has raised alarm on the prevailing water crisis in the state.

While Khaira has expressed concern on the dwindling groundwater levels caused by excessive irrigation and heavy use of pesticides, he has blamed the previous and the current governments of both the state and the center for giving water to Rajasthan and Haryana states from Punjab's share in an arbitrary manner and failing to implement crop diversification and water saving irrigation techniques. For the 2019 general elections, the party announced, party contested on 3 out of 13 Lok Sabha seats for the 2019 election in Punjab along with other member parties of the Punjab Democratic Alliance; the three seats were: Bathinda Faridkot Khadoor Sahib

Pedro Septién

Pedro Septién was a Mexican sports broadcaster. He was nicknamed El Mago. Septien was famous in México due to his vast knowledge about Major League Baseball, he worked for Televisa during most of his career in TV. He was known as the play-by-play announcer for the Tigres del México baseball team. Pedro Septién died at his home in Mexico City, of pneumonia. Septién acted in several movies, as a sports broadcaster: La venganza de Huracán Ramirez El hijo de Huracán Ramírez Juventud sin Dios Piernas de oro Pepito as del volante Huracán Ramírez Una calle entre tú y yo El luchador fenómeno El beisbolista fenómeno Campeón sin corona IMDb article on Pedro "El Mago" Septién Mexican Baseball Hall of the Fame, page dedicated to Pedro Septién Dialogo Queretano article dedicated to Pedro Septién