Sons of Apollo

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Sons of Apollo
GenresProgressive metal, hard rock[1][2]
Years active2017–present
LabelsInside Out Music
Associated actsThe Winery Dogs, PSMS

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, while 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[3][4] 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.[5] Members have insisted in multiple interviews that the supergroup is a full-time band, and not just a side project.[6][2][7]

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.[8][7] 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.[7]

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.[3][4]

On August 30, 2019 the band released their first live album "Live with the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony", filmed at the Plovdiv Roman Stadium in Plovdiv.


Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Jeff Scott Soto, members of Sons of Apollo


Studio albums

Live albums

  • Live with the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony (2019)

Extended plays

  • Alive/Tengo Vida (2018)[9]


  • "Signs of the Time" (2017)
  • "Coming Home" (2017)
  • "Just Let Me Breathe (Live)" (2019)
  • "Labyrinth (Live)" (2019)


  1. ^ Everley, Dave (October 20, 2017). "Son's Of Apollo Talk Us Through Their New Album". Prog. Team Rock. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b altaf, Rodrigo (13 October 2017). "Derek Sherinian keyboardist of Sons of Apollo Interview". Lots of Muzik. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Munro, Scott (August 1, 2017). "Supergroup Sons Of Apollo announce debut album". Future Publishing. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Alexandra, Michels (August 1, 2017). "Sons Of Apollo: "Psychotic Symphony"-Album erscheint im Oktober". Rock Hard (in German). Rock Hard Verlags- und Handels- GmbH. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  5. ^ Skostas, Stephen (November 15, 2017). "A Conversation with Mike Portnoy". The Prog Mind. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "SONS OF APOLLO Debut "Lost In Oblivion" Music Video; Psychotic Symphony Album Out Now". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Nouvelle interview avec Mike Portnoy pour SONS OF APOLLO". Loud TV (in French and English). October 4, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "SONS OF APOLLO (Introduction Pt.2)". InsideOutMusicTV. YouTube. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  9. ^ "SONS OF APOLLO Release 'Tengo Vida' Lyric Video". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2018-07-05.

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