Platypus (band)

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Genres Progressive rock, jazz fusion
Years active 1997–2000
Labels InsideOut Music
Associated acts Dream Theater, Dixie Dregs, The Jelly Jam, King's X
Past members Rod Morgenstein
Ty Tabor
John Myung
Derek Sherinian

Platypus was a progressive rock / jazz-fusion supergroup that consisted of members from Dream Theater, King's X and Dixie Dregs. The group was formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2000.


Platypus was conceived by Dream Theater bassist John Myung and (then) Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian as a creative outlet where ideas that wouldn't fit in Dream Theater could be developed. Joined by guitarist Ty Tabor of King's X (who also sang lead vocals) and drummer Rod Morgenstein of Dixie Dregs, they released two albums between 1997 and 2000.

The sound of Platypus's music can be described as guitar- and keyboard-driven modern progressive rock mixed with influences from the 70s rock and progressive rock scenes, employing vocal harmonies and lengthy instrumental pieces.

Their first album, When Pus Comes To Shove, did reasonably well, so much that it inspired a follow-up named Ice Cycles, released in 2000. After this the band parted ways and there are currently no plans to re-form to record another album. The legacy of Platypus does live on, though, in The Jelly Jam — a project formed in 2000 consisting of three-quarters of Platypus (Myung, Morgenstein and Tabor). They have currently released three albums.


Title Album details Sales
When Pus Comes to Shove
  • Released: August 25, 1998[1]
  • Label: Inside Out Music, SPV GmbH, King Records
  • Formats: CD
  • US: 7,129+[2]
Ice Cycles
  • Released: March 14, 2000[3]
  • Label: Inside Out Music, SPV GmbH
  • Formats: CD



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