In early 2017, rumors began circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Finally, on August 1st, the duo revealed the details to the rest of the world, introducing their new band, Sons of Apollo. Reuniting to form Sons of Apollo, Portnoy and Sherinian join forces with guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), bassist Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force).
Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, was released October 20th on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. “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 !”
The nine songs comprising Psychotic Symphony incorporate the progressive style and individual technical prowess Portnoy and Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater, combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
Sons of Apollo will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour. “This is a real band”, Portnoy declares. “Sons of Apollo is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”