TSO-related highlights from the interview include:
We're working on three TSO albums at one time right now. We've got Romanov we're recording, we've got a 'Gutter Ballet' thing that we're working on, and we've got this new thing called 'Letters from the Labyrinth' that we're working on. So that to me, three albums that are backed up right now, that's at least, in the Paul O'Neill world, that's at least four years worth of work.
I can't wait for the Romanov thing to come out, because it's dark. Paul and I wrote the majority of this stuff right around when Criss [Oliva] died. That's actually why I didn't go on the Edge of Thorns tour with them. I decided to stay and we were going to break in Zak, and I was going to write this thing with Paul, and that's what we were doing. We were writing Romanov during that period. It was very fresh, and the music that we were writing for it was a lot darker and a lot more maybe Savatage-ish sounding than the stuff we ended up writing later on for TSO. So that's why I'm excited about it. Al Pitrelli and me, we're putting a lot of the basic tracks together down here in Florida over the last few months, and it comes out really good. Some really great songs on this album, I think. My personal opinion, it's by far the best TSO album. It will be the best TSO album in my eyes. It's very, very, very cool, and I'm very happy about it. It's coming out great, you know. We're working on it. We're working on the 'Gutter Ballet' stuff, which is the 'Streets' thing with its original title, which was 'Gutter Ballet'. And I've been working on some different versions of certain songs for that that are coming out great. Paul and I, let's just record everything, and whatever we get done first will be the next record. We're on 120 mph every day, 'Boom boom boom, let's do this, let's do this', and we're just piling it up, getting as much done before this whole Christmas thing kicks in again. It's going to be quite amazing. You're going to enjoy it. So the future is very busy.