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Sons of Apollo

Sons of Apollo is an American progressive metal supergroup formed in 2017 and composed of drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan, keyboardist Derek Sherinian, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

Sherinian and Portnoy played together in progressive metal band Dream Theater, from which Sherinian was asked to leave in 1999 and Portnoy later left in 2010. Sheehan and Portnoy formed rock group The Winery Dogs with Sheehan’s Mr. Big bandmate, Richie Kotzen. Portnoy, Sheehan, and Sherinian also worked together on a short-lived, live instrumental project with Tony MacAlpine. While touring, Sherinian asked Portnoy to join him in a full-time project. When Portnoy’s schedule allowed, he agreed and suggested Soto and Bumblefoot to complete the line-up, having previously worked with Bumblefoot on Metal Allegiance and knowing Soto after his solo band opened several The Winery Dogs shows in South America. Members have insisted in multiple interviews that the supergroup is a full-time band, and not just a side project.

The name of the band was proposed by Sherinian after he scrolled through a list of suggestions by Portnoy and saw the word “Apollo” among them. It was picked due to Apollo being the god of music. But because the band suspected there could be another band called Apollo, they thought of possible variations and that’s how their name was chosen.

Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, was produced by Portnoy and Sherinian (as “The Del Fuvio Brothers”) and was released on October 20, 2017 via Inside Out Music/Sony Music.

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