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Sons of Apollo is the Super Group You Should Be Listening To Check It Here With Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

 

Mike Portnoy has another super group and I dig it!  He’s reunited with former Dream Theater keyboard player Derek Sherinian as well as Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and also added  Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force).

Their debut album titled Psychotic Symphony was produced by Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

Sons Of Apollo got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about Sons Of Apollo is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity – a lethal combination!”

But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested Sons Of Apollo and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”

 

 

Tracklisting:

“God Of The Sun”
“Coming Home”
“Signs Of The Time”
“Labyrinth”
“Alive”
“Lost In Oblivion”
“Figaro’s Whore”
“Divine Addiction”
“Opus Maximus”

 

Check out the video for Coming Home.

 

Intro Interview Part 1

 

Intro Video Part 2.

 

Signs Of The Time Album Track.

Teaser.

Sons Of Apollo will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.

“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. Sons Of Apollo is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”

Sherinian agrees, “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring Sons Of Apollo to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”