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SONS OF APOLLO Announces Worldwide Release Of Special Six-Track EP of New Single

SONS OF APOLLO Announces Worldwide Release Of Special Six-Track EP of New Single

SONS OF APOLLO–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—released a six-song EP today, “ALIVE”/“TENGO VIDA,” which includes three versions of the latest single, “Alive,” from their #1 debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, as well as three versions of the song in Spanish, “Tengo Vida.” It’s available now on all digital outlets worldwide.

Here’s the complete track listing:

Alive – album version
Alive – radio edit
Alive – acoustic version
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – standard
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – radio edit
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – acoustic version

The Vicente Cordero-directed for “Alive” is now available in both versions.

The Spanish version can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HapnyVmGHlk&feature=youtu.be

The English version can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O8VZgL_9IQ.

“It was discussed we should do a Spanish language version of ‘Alive’ before our first tour in South America and I was excited to make it work,” explains singer Jeff Scott Soto. “I brought in my close friend Alex to help with the translation as well as coach me on my enunciation. I am not fluent in Spanish so it was a difficult process, but it sounds pretty damn cool now that we made it work. I think my favorite part is hearing Bumblefoot singing in Spanish!”

Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is excited about offering these new versions of “Alive” to their fans. “I love stripping down a song to its simplest form, showing the core of what the song is,” he says. “The acoustic version of ‘Alive’ has that naked vulnerability, and shows what a great lyricist and melody-maker Jeff is.”

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY—which Loudwire.com called an “impressive debut disc”–debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Heatseeker Albums” chart, as well as #10 on the “Rock Chart,” and #33 on the “Top Current Albums” chart. As Vintage Guitar declares, “This super-duper ensemble is like an old back issue of Marvel Team-Up that simply cannot be ignored.” Order it here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS.

In touring news, SONS OF APOLLO is set to launch the second leg of their first-ever highly anticipated world tour on April 19 in Montreal, Quebec at the Corona Theatre. The band has now added more shows in Mexico, Japan and Europe, including stops in the United Kingdom, France, the Czech Republic, and Toulouse, France for the Very Prog Festival on October 12. For more information about tickets and on sale dates, fans should visit SonsOfApollo.com.

As Mike Portnoy declares, “Ever since this lineup assembled to make PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be on stage. Well, the wait is almost over! Here are the first U.S. dates that will get to witness this ‘five-headed musical spectacle’ live on stage in February. We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe, with plenty of dates now being announced for summer festivals throughout Europe, but these are the very first shows that will get to witness this amazing lineup in person for the first time. We can’t wait!”

Released October 20 via InsideOutMusic / Sony, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is available as a 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes and extended booklet with an exclusive Studio Diary), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD (which comes with an etching on side D and the entire album on the CD), Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. It was produced by the dynamic production duo of 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.

Check out SONS OF APOLLO at any of the following stops:

Thu 4/5 – Monterrey, Mexico – Escena
Fri 4/6 – Mexico City, Mexico – Circo Volador
Sun 4/8 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Teleton
Tue 4/10 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Groove
Thu 4/12 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Opinião Bar
Sat 4/14 – São Paulo, Brazil – Tropical Butanta
Sun 4/15 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Music Hall
Thu 4/19 – Montreal, QUE. – Corona Theatre
Fri 4/20 – Toronto, ONT. – The Opera House
Sat 4/21 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Sun 4/22 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Tue 4/24 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
Wed 4/25 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Fri 4/27 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Sat 4/28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Sun 4/29 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Mon 4/30 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Wed 5/2 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Thu 5/3 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theatre
Fri 5/4 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
Sat 5/5 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Mon 5/7 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Tue 5/8 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
Wed 5/9 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Fri 5/11 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
Sat 5/12 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
Sun 5/13 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Tue 5/15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Wed 5/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Fri 5/18 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
Sat 5/19 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Sun 5/20 – Washington, D.C. – The Howard Theatre
Sat 5/26 – San Juan, PR – Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré

Fri 6/22 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
Sat 6/23 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop
Sun 6/24 – Milan, Italy – Teatro Degli Arcimbodi
Tue 6/26 – Prague, Czech Republic – Futurum
Wed 6/27 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
Sat 6/30 – Barcelona, Spain – Be Prog My Friend
Sun 7/1 – Maidstone, U.K. – Ramblin’ Man Fair
Mon 7/2 – Motherwell, Scotland – Motherwell Concert Hall
Tue 7/3 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight
Wed 7/4 – Dublin, Ireland – Tivoli Variety Theatre
Fri 7/6 – Knislinge, Sweden – Helgeafestivalen
Sat 7/7 – Brighton, U.K. – The Haunt
Sun 7/8 – Nottingham, U.K. – Rescue Rooms
Sun 7/14 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo MetalFest
Fri 8/3 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
Sat 8/18 – Warsaw, Poland – Prog In Park
Sun 8/19 – Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra Track
Mon 9/10 – Osaka, Japan – Big Cat
Tue 9/11 – Tokyo, Japan – Liquid Room
Wed 9/12 – Tokyo, Japan – Liquid Room
Sat 9/15 – Raismes, France – Raismes Fest
Wed 9/19 – Moscow, Russia – Glavclub
* Sat 9/22 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria – Roman Amphitheater
Mon 9/24 – Athens, Greece – Fuzz Club
Wed 9/26 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby Club
Sun 9/30 – Glasgow, Scotland – The Garage
Mon 10/8 – Zurich, Switzerland – Complex
Fri 10/12 – Paris, France – Elysee Montmartre
Sat 10/13 – Toulouse, France – Very Prog Festival
Mon 10/15 – Lyon, France – Radiant-Bellevue
Tue 10/16 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie

* A Very Special Evening with SONS OF APOLLO and the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony.

For all the latest news and dates ofr Sons of Apollo, visit www.sonsofapollo.com.

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SONS OF APOLLO: New Supergroup Launched With Members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses and Journey

SONS OF APOLLO: New Supergroup Launched With Members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses and Journey

For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.

Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian have joined forces with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force). Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, will be released October 20 on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s official YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was produced by the dynamic production duo of 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.”

Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”

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!”

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