SONS OF APOLLO ‘Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ coming in August!
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) — are pleased to announce the release of ‘Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ on the 30th August 2019.
‘Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ documents the band’s remarkable one-off performance at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria alongside a full orchestra & choir, playing tracks from their debut album ‘Psychotic Symphony’ as well as a selection of tracks by legendary bands.
Mike Portnoy comments: “I’ve released several dozen live albums through the years with about a dozen different bands, but I have to say that this live release from Sons Of Apollo may indeed be the most special one of them all!! Everything was aligned that evening: an absolutely beautiful Roman amphitheatre and a perfectly gorgeous summer evening, one set of SOA material and one set of specially chosen cover songs, and to top it all off being joined by a symphony orchestra and choir…it was a magical evening for everybody in attendance and now we can share it with the rest of the world immortalized in this incredible live package.
This package will serve as a nice souvenir to capture the band’s first year on tour and should tide over all of our fans while we complete work on our sophomore studio release that will coming in Jan 2020″
The package will be available in many formats including Blu-ray, DVD, CD and Digital…more info coming soon!
The track-listing is as follows:
CD 1: 1. God Of The Sun 2. Signs Of The Time 3. Divine Addiction 4. That Metal Show Theme 5. Just Let Me Breathe 6. Billy Sheehan Bass Solo 7. Lost In Oblivion 8. Jeff Scott Soto Solo Spot (The Prophet’s Song / Save Me) 9. Alive 10. The Pink Panther Theme 11. Opus Maximus
CD 2: (Live w the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony) 1. Kashmir 2. Gates Of Babylon 3. Labyrinth 4. Dream On 5. Diary Of A Madman 6. Comfortably Numb 7. The Show Must Go On 8. Hell’s Kitchen 9. Derek Sherinian Keyboard Solo 10. Lines In The Sand
CD 3: 1. Bumblefoot Guitar Spot 2. And The Cradle Will Rock 3. Coming Home
SOTO, the modern Heavy Metal / Hard Rock group featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex Yngwie Malmsteen / Talisman / ex Journey, Sons Of Apollo, TSO, etc.), recently announced signing a new worldwide deal with InsideOutMusic.
Now they are pleased to reveal their new, third studio album ‘Origami‘ which will be released May 24th, 2019, and to celebrate they have launched the records first Single.
Watch the lyric video (Created by Cloud Music Typography) for ‘BeLie‘ now here:
SOTO comment about “BeLie“ from JSS as follows: “This is a song co-written with a long time collaborator of mine in Brazil, Leo Mancini, along with my drummer Edu Cominato. It had a very ‘Operation Mindcrime’ vibe to it musically when they presented me with the song so I knew I had to really think outside the box in making it not sound like a Queensryche song in the end. I love the middle section as it presents our new bassist, Tony Dickinson, to the world as a much needed entity in the band after losing our boy David Z. It serves as a great launching pad for ‘Origami’.”
‘Origami’ will be released as a limited digipak CD with a set of 3 stickers and a bonus track, 180g vinyl LP including the entire album on CD, and as a digital download. The album comes packaged with classy artwork by Gustavo Sazes (Machine Head, Amaranthe, Arch Enemy). Pre-order now here: https://SOTO.lnk.to/Origami
The full track-listing of ’Origami‘ is as follows:
1.HyperMania 2.Origami 3.BeLie 4.World Gone Colder 5.Detonate 6.Torn 7.Dance With The Devil 8.AfterGlow 9.Vanity Lane 10.Give In To Me 11.KMAG * (Bonus Track)
SOTO started in 2015 derived from the ideal of Jeff Scott Soto wanting to return to his heavier roots. So far they released 2 albums, “Inside The Vertigo“ (2015) and “DIVAK“ (2016), taking a short break while Jeff embarked on the supergroup Sons Of Apollo, alongside Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan and Bumblefoot.
Now SOTO are returning under the same umbrella as Sons Of Apollo, signing with InsideOutMusic. The new album “Origami“ contains material that continues to expand and move the band towards new heights whilst following up with their brand of Power Rock.
SOTO will hit South America for live dates in May and intend to be touring worldwide throughout 2019 following the release of the new album.
SOTO – Line-Up: Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals Jorge Salan – Guitar Tony Dickinson – Bass BJ – Keys/Guitar Edu Cominato – Drums
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) — are about to begin the band’s first ever European live dates, starting this Friday at Hellfest in France. To celebrate, the band have launched a video for the track ‘Signs of the Time’, filmed during the bands recent North American tour. Watch it now here:
Mike Portnoy comments: “The ‘Signs of the Time’ Video was shot on the recent US tour and is a good taste of what the band is like on stage.
We are about to embark on the band’s 1st tour of Europe and the UK and can’t wait to bring this 5 headed musical monster to our fans overseas all throughout the summer”
The full list of Summer live dates can be found below:
22nd June – Hellfest, Clisson, France
23rd June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
24th June – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
26th June – Futurism Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
27th June – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
28th June – Neushoorn, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
30th June – Be Prog! My Friend, Barcelona, Spain
1st July – Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone, UK
2nd July – Motherwell Concert Hall, Motherwell, UK
3rd July – Limelight, Belfast, UK
4th July – Tivoli Variety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
6th July – Helgeåfestivalen, Knislinge, Sweden
7th July – The Haunt, Brighton, UK
8th July – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
14th July – Dynamo Metalfest, Eindhoven, Netherlands
3rd August – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
18th August – Prog in the Park 2018, Warsaw, Poland
19th August – Barba Negra Track, Budapest, Hungary
The band have further live dates planned for later in year, including an appearance at ProgPower Festival in the US, the band’s first Japanese shows, and more live appearances in Europe including a very special performance at the Roman Theatre in Plovdiv Bulgaria alongside the orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera. Find the full list of those below:
7th September – Prog Power USA, Atlanta, US
10th September – BigCat, Osaka, Japan
11th September – Liquidroom, Tokyo, Japan
12th September – Liquidroom, Tokyo, Japan
15th September – Raismes Fest, Raismes, France
19th September – Glavclub, Moscow, Russia
22nd September – Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
24th September – Fuzz Club, Athens, Greece
26th September – Barby Club, Tel Aviv, Israel
29th September – SWX, Bristol, UK
30th September – Garage, Glasgow, UK
1st October – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester, UK
6th October – Kulturfabrik, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
8th October – Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland
12th October – Élysée Montmartre, Paris, France
13th October – Very Prog Festival, Toulouse, France
15th October – Radiant-Bellvue, Lyon, France
16th October – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Released October 20th 2017 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. Get your copy here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS
PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY has racked up some fantastic reviews: “Fuck the term ‘supergroup’, that’s not what this is about. Sons of Apollo are simply a group that are super.” – Classic Rock “Psychotic Symphony is fierce, loud, bewildering, brilliantly performed and monstrously entertaining.” – Prog Magazine “God-like in conception, stellar in ambition and perfection in delivery.” – Metal
InsideOutMusic, the leading light in today’s progressive rock scene, celebrate their 25th anniversary of being a label in 2018, in what will be one of their biggest and busiest yet. To coincide with this, two of their longest serving artists, Spock’s Beard & Roine Stolt’s The Flower King’s, will head out on a European co-headline tour in Winter 2018.
Spock’s Beard comment: “Spock’s Beard is excited to announce an upcoming Winter tour! It will be a co-bill with Roine Stolt’s THE FLOWER KING’s revisited band, so each show promises to be a great evening of music. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about who will be playing drums on this tour, so at this time let me introduce our new touring drummer, Mr. Mike Thorne, from SAGA! We are really excited to have him on board and are looking forward to seeing you on tour.”
Roine Stolt adds: “Asked to put together a band to go on the road, celebrate our label Inside Out’s 25 year anniversary – I was thinking of the ‘treasure’ that is the music I wrote for The Flower Kings during that same period. I felt compelled to bring out this music for yet another round – and in the process bring in some old friends and some new.
The music is universal – some songs timeless – and by November I hope to have an exciting set-list – to not only celebrate my 1st album and the origin of all things “The Flower King” – but to cover the rest of TFK’s history – and eventually a new tune & a few new faces. Tune up the engine – Time to prog!”
You can find the full list of dates below:
30th November – Cosmopolite, Oslo, Norway
1st December – Kulturhuset Studion, Stockholm, Sweden
2nd December – KB, Malmo, Sweden
4th December – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
5th December – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
6th December – La Machine, Paris, France
7th December – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
8th December – Hedon, Zwolle, Netherlands
9th December – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
10th December – Academy Club, Manchester, UK
Formed back in 1993 in Kleve, Germany, the label made their name with acts such as Enchant, Spock’s Beard, Symphony X & The Flower Kings, many of whom they still work with now – a rarity in this day and age. Since that time, the label has played a key & continued role in the survival and resurgence of progressive rock in recent years and has always prided itself on shining a light on leftfield music. Now the band count some of the biggest & most exciting bands amongst their roster, including Dream Theater, Steve Hackett, Devin Townsend, Sons of Apollo, Kansas, Haken, Riverside, Leprous & more. On the label’s 20th anniversary back in 2013, one of the label’s founders, and current label-head Thomas Waber was given the Guiding Light award at the Progressive Music Awards, praising his aforementioned role in the continued celebration of progressive rock.
Many of InsideOut’s longest running relationships will see new albums released in the labels 25th year, including Spock’s Beard’s 13th album ‘Noise Floor’, a new collaborative project called The Sea Within that features Roine Stolt, Daniel Gildenlow & Jonas Reingold (all veterans of the label), a landmark live album from Devin Townsend filmed at a special performance at a Roman Theatre in Bulgaria, a new studio album from Riverside & much more.
This year will also see InsideOut release a whole host of lavish catalogue releases throughout 2018, including the second part of The Flower Kings ‘A Kingdom of Colours’ CD boxsets, a series of Devin Townsend high-end vinyl boxes, a CD collection covering the whole of Enchant’s illustrious career, & much more yet to be announced.
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
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