Chris has been with Savatage a very long time. His first tour was in support of the CD “Hall Of The Mountain King”. The following CD was entitled “Gutter Ballet”. The band has sold millions of CD’s and played for hundreds of thousands of fans world-wide. In 1995 he released a CD with Savatage singer Jon Oliva called Doctor Butcher. The CD was just re-released last year with new material world-wide on Black Lotus Records. Also in 1995 Savatage released a CD called “Dead Winter Dead”. On this CD was a song called “Christmas Eve Sarajevo-12/24″. It was the following year that this song was incorporated into the very first Trans-Siberian Orchestra CD.
Chris released 5 solo CD’s and he’s appeared on several releases as a guest musician. He also toured as the guitarist for the legendary German Metal vocalist Doro as well as a solo tour supporting Heaven and Hell with Tim “Ripper” Owens’ band in Europe. He co-wrote and played the guitars on the song “The Shadows Are Alive” on Tim’s first solo release entitled “Play my Game”.
In addition to several more guest appearances and collaborations Chris also appears regularly with 18 time Grammy award winner Jimmy Sturr. He also starred as a guest on two episodes of his national TV show.
Other current ventures include personal and online guitar instruction, additional culinary adventures, book writing, painting/sketching, photography, musical production and public speaking.
Chris is currently writing new material for an upcoming solo release as well as several other musical projects.