ALBUM NEWS: New super group Sons Of Apollo to release debut album in October Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 11:09

Sons Of Apollo - the new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns N’ Roses, and Journey – will release their debut album, ‘Psychotic Symphony’, via InsideOutMusic/Sony Music on 20 October.


The group features two re-united former members of Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. They are joined in the new project by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, bassist Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs/Mr. Big/The Fell) and singer Jeff Scott Soto.


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Portnoy explains the background to the new band:


“Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band [PSMS} 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.”


Sherinian adds:


“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio. 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!”


As Portnoy explains, it was Sherinian was mainly responsible for the band’s name:


“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.”


The album release will be followed by tour dates in 2018.


“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!”