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 20th October on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ
“One Size Fits All” Show Set for January 7, 2017 at the Historic Empress Theatre in Vallejo, California
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 2 at 10 AM
Two Bay Area superstar bands, MR. BIG and Y&T’s Dave Meniketti, and friends will appear in a special live performance and all-star jam on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the historic Empress Theater in Vallejo, California. The show, dubbed “One Size Fits All,” is a musical celebration of the life and music of Bay Area recording and live engineer Tom Size, who succumbed to melanoma on October 30, 2016. Both bands had a long-standing professional and personal relationship with Tom. The concert will also feature an all-star jam, including Ross Valory of Journey.
Organized by Tom’s long-time friends Valory and Bob Madsen of 41POINT9, the evening will also include a live auction featuring guitars autographed by JOURNEY, Mr.Big and Y&T, collectible photos by John Popplewell, rare art created by JOURNEY’s Steve Smith, autographed Journey drum heads, and more. Proceeds of the concert will benefit the Size family to pay the huge medical bills incurred during Tom’s treatment.
MR. BIG (Eric Martin, lead vocals, Paul Gilbert, guitar, Billy Sheehan, bass guitar and Pat Torpey, drums),released their self-titled debut album in 1989, and rose to international super stardom. They have earned 3 platinum albums and their smash hit “To Be With You”, spent 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. MR. BIG has released 8 albums to date, including 2014’s, “The Stories We Could Tell”. The original MR. BIG lineup will be performing at the Empress.
Dave Meniketti (guitar) is an original Y&T member, and like Y&T, was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Dave has been critically acclaimed by the media and musicians alike. Lars Ulrich (Metallica) credited Y&T as the reason he wanted to become a musician.
Tom Size’s professional career began in the early 1970’s at the Music Annex in Palo and Fantasy Studios in Berkeley before going independent. He oversaw the engineering for superstar artists such as David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, the Steve Miller Band, Journey, Mr. Big, Y&T and Enchant. Tom also handled touring sound duties for bands such as Aerosmith, Mr. Big and Y&T to name just a few. Even after becoming ill in 2016, he continued working and was even planning on mixing the sound for One Size Fits All until his illness worsened.
Tickets for “One Size Fits All” go on sale Friday, December 2 at 10 AM at https://empresstheatre.org/. Prices range from $150 for VIP tickets (including a Meet & Greet and a poster signed by all the artists), to $55