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02
Aug

JIMMY WALDO & STEVEN ROSEN Deliver 'Voices From The Past' on MRR

Friday, September 28, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is proud to announce another fantastic 'from the vaults' archive project.
 
'Voices From The Past' is a very special double CD voyage into the heyday of the Los Angeles 80s rock scene, with your hosts Jimmy Waldo & Steven Rosen.
 
Jimmy Waldo and Steven Rosen were a prolific writing duo at the height of hard rock’s popularity and were two of the go-to-guys for songs. But it didn’t stop there. This writing partnership lasted more than 30 years. And featured on these songs are the cream of the city’s musicians and singers – Jeff Scott Soto, Steve Plunkett, Billy Trudell, Keith Howland, Tim Pierce, Sherwood Ball, Tommy Thayer, Jamie St James, Marc Ferrari, Bob Kulick and more!
 
It is a story best told by Steven Rosen, who has penned a detailed essay for the liner notes. Here he summarizes:
 
Steven writes: "This songwriting partnership endured and survived the pummeling and pulverizing hammer of the music business, one that relentlessly and thoughtlessly banged you on the head with rejections and the closing of doors. Reaching out hundreds and hundreds of times to publishers, managers, music supervisors and anyone else who might listen to our music, we were summarily dismissed out of hand.
We’d sit for hours writing, recording, bashing our brains out and always coming away with something cool.
 
A handful of the songs here were things I wrote with other people and which Jimmy engineered. Jimmy had by the time we met, already played keyboards in New England and Alcatrazz and would go on to become a member in Blackthorne, Murder’s Row, Quiet Riot and ultimately Graham Bonnet’s band.
 
As time passed, we began writing with more specific artists and projects in mind. 'Naked' was written as a possible song for Heart; 'Ricochet' and 'When A Heart Beats Alone' were written for an L.A. glam rock band Jimmy was producing called Lace; 'City Of Angels' was written for the Japanese NHK network; and 'Outlaws' was written for an indie film of the same name and so on.
 
Because we were writing for certain artists, we both knew we needed to pull in guitar players and singers who could convey a specific vibe. We were able to work with mad gifted players like Keith Howland (Chicago), Tim Pierce (Rick Springfield, Goo Goo Dolls), Harry Cody (Shotgun Messiah), Tony Palacios (Guardian) and Lance Morrison (Don Henley, Rick Springfield).
 
And the singers? Oh, my god. Mona Moore brought drama and passion to these songs like no other vocalist I’d ever heard. Billy Trudell, working in Warpipes at the time, brought soaring and melodic thunder to 'When It Was A Game,' 'Runaway Fire' and '(Ain’t No) Honor Among Thieves.'
 
The songs on ‘Voices From the Past’ have remained dormant for years, residing in boxes, hidden in dusty corners. Giles Lavery, Graham Bonnet’s manager and a music historian with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things rock bordering on ultra-nerd, discovered these DATs, ADATs, reel-to-reels, hard drives and even cassettes deep within the bowels of Waldo’s garage. He started listening and was enthralled with what he heard. Giles rescued, resuscitated and resurrected these songs and for that Jimmy and I are eternally grateful."
 
Complete details of 'Voices From The Past' will be announced shortly – including the full track list and player/singer credits.
 
As per usual, JK Northrup has done his complete remastering service on the tracks and Nello Dell’Omo has put together some classy artwork to match.
 
The double CD will be released via MRR on September 28.
 
For now, how about one preview track to get things rolling?
 
Here is 'Ice' featuring JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Vocals, BOB KULICK – Guitar, JIMMY WALDO – Keyboards. (Writers: Jimmy Waldo / Jeff Scott Soto / Arlene Matza)
 
 
Wed
18
Jul

SOTO - "Detonate" (Official Lyric Video)

Jeff Scott Soto/ SOTO News:
"The 1 year anniversary for probably the most horrible day of my life when SOTO bassist and one of my absolute brothers’ life was taken from us so abruptly…David Z's passing not only shocked all of us close to him, but the rest of the world mourned with us as reality set in that we would never see this incredible human being again!
The biggest compliment and tribute I and the band can pay to him is dropping a new SOTO track which David co-wrote with our own Edu Cominato in the back lounge of our tour bus while we traipsed around Europe on tour last Spring. His tracks on the demo were recorded so well we decided to lift his parts, finish the entire song around him and let you hear the final mark of his work that will also appear on the upcoming SOTO album we are currently writing.
The song is ‘Detonate’, which I wrote the lyrics about my own brother who was in a coma at that time…the words reflect someone in a lifeless shell/body still functioning enough to know they want to detonate, explode out of that body and come back to life.
With cooperation from the Z family, proceeds from the song once it is released for sale will all go to the David Z Foundation. Here are the details for those who would like to make their own contributions to this incredible person and cause.
We chose this day to honor our brother because we knew HE would get all the recognition for it that he deserves, today we praise you brother Dave, you are IMMENSELY missed, thought of EVERY DAY and now immortalized in song with us!"
 
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Wed
06
Jun

URIAH HEEP Still 'Living The Dream' This September

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Saturday, September 15, 2018
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British Classic Rock Icons URIAH HEEP are pleased to announce the upcoming release of their 25th studio album “Living the Dream” on September 14th via Frontiers Music Srl. 
 
“Living The Dream” will be available in the following formats:
+ CD
+ CD/DVD
+ Collector's Box feat. CD/DVD + Exclusive T-Shirt
+ Standard Black Vinyl
+ Blue Colored Vinyl - Exclusive to U.S.
+ Crystal Colored Vinyl - Exclusive to Frontiers EU Shop
+ Digital
 
In conjunction with this release through Frontiers Music Srl, the band is offering some once in a lifetime experience packages as well as signed copies of the album and many other wonderful things. Check it out at https://www.pledgemusic.com/pro-/uriah-heep-living-the--dream
Today, the first single and video for the song “Grazed By Heaven” has been released. It is available on all streaming services as well as an instant download with digital pre-orders. The lyrics for “Grazed By Heaven” were written by Jeff Scott Soto and the music was written by bassist Dave Rimmer.
“The song is clearly about sexual tension and desire, very much in the form of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey', putting oneself at ease with the person who is taking control of the situation and trusting you will be in absolute bliss. Fantasy and lust is the calling card here, it’s quite black & white really. The song is very sexy so naturally called for a sexy lyric,” says Jeff Scott Soto of “Grazed By Heaven”.
Dave Rimmer adds: 'Grazed' was born out of my desire to write a blazing Heep rock track. I put together the music and arrangement but needed a very strong melody line/lyric to match the music and the riff..... I have been a fan of Jeff Scott Soto's voice and writing for many years, so asked Jeff about a collaboration, he loved the song and came up with the perfect, & powerful lyric/melody..a very natural seamless collaboration between Jeff and I. A true 'Living The Dream' Moment for me.”
For this album the band teamed up with famed Canadian engineer Jay Ruston. 
“Working with Jay was amazing! He totally understood what we were going for on this album and he delivered big time. We wanted a Heep album that the band and the fans would be proud of, and with Jay at the helm, we have delivered that,” says Mick Box. 
When asked what people can expect from the new album Mick Box says “There are rock songs, rock ballads, and a couple of prog songs encompassing everything Heep.”
Vocalist Bernie Shaw adds that fans should also be ready for, “A full blown ‘rockin’ Uriah Heep record. All the traits that made Heep famous in the past are here on this new album. Passion, power, harmony and substance. Heep trade marks from the first riff."
The band is beyond excited with the material written for the new album, which will include some epic additions to the band’s huge catalog of rock staples and looks forward to sharing it with their fans around the world.
The band has announced a full World Tour which will last through the first quarter of 2019. "The mighty Heep are proudly able to tour in over 61 countries and we look forward to a packed touring schedule in 2018 and 2019. Touring is in our blood and what we have a passion to do, and so 2018 is no exception,” concludes Box.
View all official tour dates at: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/livedates.php
Track Listing:
1. Grazed By Heaven
2. Living The Dream
3. Take Away My Soul
4. Knocking At My Door
5. Rocks In The Road
6. Waters Flowin’
7. It’s All Been Said
8. Goodbye To Innocence
9. Falling Under Your Spell
10. Dreams Of Yesteryear
11. Take Away My Soul (alternate version) BONUS TRACK - CD/DVD Deluxe Ed.
Bonus DVD Track Listing:
Grazed By Heaven Music Video
Take Away My Soul Music Video
Making The Dream Documentary
Uriah Heep Lineup:
Mick Box - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Phil Lanzon - Keyboards/Vocals
Bernie Shaw - Lead Vocals
Dave Rimmer - Bass ss Guitar/Vocals
Russell Gilbrook - Drums & Percussion
 
 

 
Tue
29
May

SCHUBERT IN ROCK Gathers All Star Cast For June Album Release

Friday, June 29, 2018
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Pure Steel Records are excited to announce the Official release date of the of the new album "Commander OF Pain" , the spectacular, all-star project headed by Austria's rock legend Klaus Schubert,  is set for June 29, 2018. The pre-order phase will begin on June 15th, 2018 through the Pure Steel Records Web Shop. 
 
The album will be made available on CD and other Media formats which will soon be announced.
 
SCHUBERT IN ROCK, inaugurated by Klaus Schubert, lead guitarist and mastermind of NO BROS, is taking what was established and is now going to the next level. 

Back in 2013, Schubert assembled some of the most legendary international rock artists and long-time friends to record new versions of NO BROS' greatest hits. Among those previously featured were Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH), Biff Byford (SAXON), Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE), Marc Storace (KROKUS), Doogie White (RAINBOW), Bernie Marsden (WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, BRIAN MAY) and Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE). The riveting project turned out to be a huge success and culminated in a sensational sell-out show at the Congress concert hall in Innsbruck.
 
Much like the first self-titled album, the new "Commander of Pain" project will feature some of the world's most celebrated Artists and musicians, making for, yet, another milestone in Austrian Rock Music. 

"Commander of Pain" will introduce entirely new songs, all of them tailor-made for each artist while remaining true to SCHUBERTs distinctive sonic signature.
Special Guest Artists Line-Up; Marc Storace (KROKUS), Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE), Jennifer Batten (MICHAEL JACKSON, JEFF BECK), Carl Sentance (Current NAZARETH Singer), Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, JOURNEY, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Doogie White (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER), Michael Vescera (Y. J. MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS, OBSESSION), Dan McCafferty (Former NAZARETH Singer) as well as Austrian artist Ewald Pfleger from the international chart-breaking band OPUS.
SCHUBERT IN ROCK Main Line-Up: Klaus Schubert (guitars), Walt Stuefer (Vocals), Andy Marberger (Bass guitar, backing vocals), Bernie Welz (drums) and Andy J. Brunner (keyboards).
 
TRACKLIST:
1. Empathy
2. Burning Heart
3. Little Boy
4. Too Late
5. Under The Lights
6. World With No Tomorrow
7. Forgive Me When I Fall
8. Ride The Bullet
9. On The Line
10. It´s Our World
11. Dance Of The Black Tattoo
12. Commander Of Pain
13. My Name Is Judas
 
Total Playing Time: 70:10 min
 
Tracks Featuring Special Guests Artists
1. Empathy – Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, JOURNEY, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) - vocals
2. Burning Heart – Marc Storace (KROKUS) – vocals
4. Too oo Late – Dan McCafferty (Original NAZARETH Singer) – vocals, Martin Seimen – Keyboards, Gery Moder – rhythm guitar
5. Under The Lights – Doogie White (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER) vocals, Don Airey (Deep Purple) – keyboards
6. World With Noo Tomorrow – Carl Sentance (Current NAZARETH Vocalist) – vocvocals, Jennifer Batten (MICHAEL JACKSON, JEFF BECK) – guitar solo
7. Forgive Me When I Fall – Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, JOURNEEY, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) – vocals, Don Airey (Deep Purple) keyboards, Ewald Sunny Pfleger (OPUS) – guuitar solo
8. Ride The Bullet – Daniel Haselwanter – Bouzouzouki, Gery Moder – Slide Guitar
9. On The Line – Michaelael Vescera (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS) – vocals
10. It´s Ourr World – Dan McCafferty (NAZARETH) – vocals, Jennifer Battetten (MICHAEL JACKSON, JEFF BECK) – guitar solo
12. Commander Of Paain – Marc Storace (KROKUS) – vocals, Don Airey (Deep Purpleple) – keyboards
13. My Name Is Judas - Doogie White (RAINBOW, MICHHAEL SCHENKER) – vocals, Don Airey (Deep Purple) – keyboardsrds
 
 
Thu
29
Mar

SONS OF APOLLO Launch New EP

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March 28, 2018 -- 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)—released a six-song EP today, “ALIVE”/“TENGO VIDA,” which includes three versions of the latest single, “Alive,” from their #1 debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, as well as three versions of the song in Spanish, “Tengo Vida.”  It’s available now on all digital outlets worldwide.
 
Here’s the complete track listing:
 
Alive – album version
Alive - radio edit
Alive - acoustic version
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – standard
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – radio edit
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – acoustic version
 
The Vicente Cordero-directed for “Alive” is now available in both versions.
 
 
The English version can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O8VZgL_9IQ.
 
“It was discussed we should do a Spanish language version of ‘Alive’ before our first tour in South America and I was excited to make it work,” explains singer Jeff Scott Soto. “I brought in my close friend Alex to help with the translation as well as coach me on my enunciation. I am not fluent in Spanish so it was a difficult process, but it sounds pretty damn cool now that we made it work. I think my favorite part is hearing Bumblefoot singing in Spanish!”
 
Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is excited about offering these new versions of “Alive” to their fans. "I love stripping down a song to its simplest form, showing the core of what the song is,” he says. “The acoustic version of ‘Alive’ has that naked vulnerability, and shows what a great lyricist and melody-maker Jeff is."

 

 
Mon
26
Feb
 
Wed
21
Feb

SONS OF APOLLO Debut New Video & Add Tour Dates

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February 20, 2018 -- 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)—released the Vicente Cordero-directed video today for “Alive” from their #1 highly anticipated debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY.
 
 
In touring news, SONS OF APOLLO launched their first-ever highly anticipated world tour in Tampa, FL last week as part of the “Cruise To The Edge.” The band recently added a new leg of U.S. dates starting April 19 in Montreal, Quebec at the Corona Theatre. For more information about tickets and on sale dates, fans should visit SonsOfApollo.com.
 
As Mike Portnoy declares, "Ever since this lineup assembled to make PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be on stage. Well, the wait is almost over! Here are the first U.S. dates that will get to witness this ‘five-headed musical spectacle’ live on stage in February. We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe, with plenty of dates now being announced for summer festivals throughout Europe, but these are the very first shows that will get to witness this amazing lineup in person for the first time. We can’t wait!”
 
Released October 20 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.
 
PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY—which Loudwire.com called an “impressive debut disc”--debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Heatseeker Albums” chart, as well as #10 on the “Rock Chart,” and #33 on the “Top Current Albums” chart. As Vintage Guitar declares, “This super-duper ensemble is like an old back issue of Marvel Team-Up that simply cannot be ignored.” Order it here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS.
 
Check out SONS OF APOLLO at any of the following stops:
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
 
Thu 4/5             Monterrey, Mexico         Escena
Sun 4/8             Santiago, Chile              Teatro Teleton 
Tue 4/10            Buenos Aires, Argentina            Groove
Thu 4/12            Porto Alegre, Brazil       Opinião Bar
Sat 4/14            São Paulo, Brazil           Tropical Butanta
Sun 4/15           Belo Horizonte, Brazil    Music Hall
 
Thu 4/19            Montreal, QUE.             Corona Theatre
Fri 4/20             Toronto, ONT.               The Opera House
Sat 4/21            Grand Rapids, MI          The Intersection
Sun 4/22           St. Louis, MO                Delmar Hall
Tue 4/24            Lawrence, KS                Granada Theater
Wed 4/25          Denver, CO                   Summit Music Hall
Fri 4/27             Las Vegas, NV              Brooklyn Bowl
Sat 4/28            Sacramento, CA            Ace Of Spades
Sun 4/29           Portland, OR                 Hawthorne Theatre
Mon 4/30          Seattle, WA                   The Showbox
Wed 5/2            San Francisco, CA        The Regency Ballroom
Thu 5/3             Los Angeles, CA           The Belasco Theatre
Fri 5/4               Anaheim, CA                 House Of Blues
Sat 5/5              Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theatre
Mon 5/7            San Antonio, TX            Alamo City Music Hall
Tue 5/8             Dallas, TX                     Canton Hall
Wed 5/9            Houston, TX                  Scout Bar
Fri 5/11             Nashville, TN                 3rd & Lindsley
Sat 5/12            St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theatre
Sun 5/13           Minneapolis, MN           Varsity Theater
Tue 5/15            Cleveland, OH               House Of Blues
Wed 5/16          Philadelphia, PA            Theatre of Living Arts
Thu 5/17            Washington, D.C.          The Howard Theatre
Fri 5/18             New York, NY               Playstation Theater
Sat 5/19            Worcester, MA              The Palladium
 
Fri 6/22             Clisson, France             Hellfest
Sat 6/23            Dessel, Belgium            Graspop
Sun 6/24           Milan, Italy                    Teatro Degli Arcimbodi
Wed 6/27          Leipzig, Germany          Hellraiser
Sat 6/30            Barcelona, Spain           Be Prog My Friend
Sun 7/1             Maidstone, England      Rambling Man Festival 
Mon 7/2            Motherwell, England      Motherwell Concert Hall
Tue 7/3             Belfast, England           Limelight
Wed 7/4            Dublin, Ireland               Tivoli Variety Theatre
Sun 7/14           Eindhoven, Netherlands Dynamo MetalFest
Fri 8/3               Wacken, Germany         Wacken Open Air
Sat 8/18            Warsaw, Poland            Prog In Park
Sun 8/19           Budapest, Hungary        Barba Negra Track
Wed 9/19          Moscow, Russia            Glavclub
* Sat 9/22          Plovdiv, Bulgaria           Roman Amphitheater 
Mon 9/24          Athens, Greece             Fuzz Club
 
* A Very Special Evening with SONS OF APOLLO and the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony.
 
 
 
Wed
01
Nov

SONS OF APOLLO’s ‘Psychotic Symphony’ Debuts At #1 On Billboard’s “Heatseekers”

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October 31, 2017 -- Since it was first announced in August, fans of 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)—had high expectations of their highly anticipated debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY. Those fans came out in full force to pick up a copy its first week out, which in turn propelled the album straight to the top of Billboard’s “Heatseeker” chart, where it debuts at #1.
 
Elsewhere on the Billboard charts:
#10 “Rock Chart”
#33 “Top Current Albums”
 
Released October 20 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. Order it here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS.
 
As Portnoy exclaims, “The reception to SONS OF APOLLO has been OFF THE CHARTS incredible...well, now actually I guess even ON the charts incredible as well!! Seriously, the reaction from both the fans and the media has been great and we really appreciate all of the love and support so far! 
 
“Launching a new band is never easy (take it from the man who has launched about 87 of them!), but when you have such an incredibly strong launching point as SOA does, the sky's the limit! We look forward to getting this band on the road and playing all over the world throughout 2018...tour dates are coming very soon!"
 
  
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www.insideoutshop.de
 
 
“Lost In Oblivion” video ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG7hYazcfOw

 

 
Tue
26
Sep

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - SONS OF APOLLO (Jeff Scott Soto)

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New On Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon @podcastone
Sons of Apollo (Jeff Scott Soto) and a lot of Scorpions
 
In our first interview, singer Jeff Scott Soto talks about his time in Journey, Rising Force (Ygnwie Malmsteen), new band Sons Of Apollo, new solo album Retribution, W.E.T., and much more.
 
Former Scorpions drummer James Kottak joins Mitch for an update and discusses his upcoming new album, plans for the future, Mikkey Dee and more.
 
And finally, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell discusses his great new band Rock Wolves, shares his thoughts on drummer Mikkey Dee, why he wasn’t asked to rejoin the Scorpions, his future with Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, and much more.
 
 
Twitter: @mitchlafon
Instagram: @mitch_lafon
 

 

 
Mon
14
Aug

SONS OF APOLLO Launch Debut Track “Signs Of The Time”

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SONS OF APOLLO
FEATURING MIKE PORTNOY, DEREK SHERINIAN, RON “BUMBLEFOOT” THAL,
BILLY SHEEHAN AND JEFF SCOTT SOTO
LAUNCH DEBUT TRACK “SIGNS OF THE TIME”
 
Last week saw the announcement of SONS OF APOLLO, the highly anticipated new band featuring 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).  Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, is due for release on October 20 via InsideOutMusic / Sony, and now they are pleased to reveal their first track titled “Signs of the Time.” Listen now here: 
 

 
Mike comments: "’Signs Of The Time’ was the very first thing myself, Derek & Bumblefoot wrote when we got together to begin writing for SONS OF APOLLO in March of this year.
 
‘It starts with this heavy, brutal Bumbleriff (initially coined ‘Korntera’), then goes into a cool verse with a two-part vocal melody that I wrote sung by Jeff and myself, which eventually opens up to a HUGE vocal hook in the chorus that Jeff wrote (sung in three-part harmony by Jeff, myself and Bumblefoot).
 
“The middle section riffs are a few things that Derek brought in and show why he is the most BADASS keyboard player in the biz (playing the keys like a guitar player on fire!) and then we have the long extended breakdown and guitar solo which shows why Bumblefoot is one of today's greatest GUITAR HEROES! This album is going to get him the recognition he truly deserves and this particular guitar solo is one of the tastiest, most insane solos I've EVER heard.
 
“So all in all, this song has a little bit of everything that makes SONS OF APOLLO so special...great heavy riffs, amazing solos with individual instrumental virtuosity and a big, catchy chorus with more hooks than a tackle box!!
 
“I figured this would be a great ‘first taste’ to introduce the world to this amazing new supergroup...and there's a whole lot more of different musical styles and twist & turns still to come all throughout the album."
 
The debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, is now available to pre-order on 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD, Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. Pre-order now here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS.
 
The full track-listing of PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is as follows:
 
1. God of The Sun
2. Coming Home
3. Signs of the Time
4. Labyrinth
5. Alive
6. Lost In Oblivion
7. Figaro’s Whore
8. Divine Addiction
9. Opus Maximus
 
An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ
 
PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY 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.
 
SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”
 
“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “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!”
 
But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”
 
Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
 
“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”
 
SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.
 
“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. SONS OF APOLLO is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”
 
Sherinian agrees, “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring SONS OF APOLLO to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”
 
SONS OF APOLLO online:
 

 

 
Wed
02
Aug

SONS OF APOLLO Unites PORTNOY, SHEEHAN, SOTO, SHERINIAN & BUMBLEFOOT

Friday, October 20, 2017
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Introducing SONS OF APOLLO!
For the past few months, rumours 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
 
 

 
 
SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”
 
“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “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!”
 
But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”
 
Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
 
“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”
 
SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.
 
“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. SONS OF APOLLO is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”
 
Sherinian agrees, “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring SONS OF APOLLO to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”
 
 
 
Tue
13
Jun

ANIMAL DRIVE To Debut On Frontiers in 2018

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Frontiers has had an ongoing successful working relationship with the one and only Jeff Scott Soto for many years now, so when JSS put a band in front of them and told them they HAD TO HEAR IT, they turned up the volume, leaned back, and awaited what would soon wash over their ears. What immediately stood out was the way the singer had such a commanding presence of the hard rock songs that were being performed. So, a conversation was started and a deal has been struck.
 
Frontiers Music Srl is now very pleased to introduce the world to ANIMAL DRIVE, a young and driven hard rock band founded in Zagreb, Croatia in 2012 by singer Dino Jelusic, who is the primary writer and driving force behind the band's sound. Dino was chosen by the late, great Paul O'Neill to tour as a featured vocalist on Trans-Siberian Orchestra's most recent U.S. tour, which is how he crossed paths with Soto and which would ultimately lead to them becoming labelmates.
 
ANIMAL DRIVE's line-up is completed by guitarists Ivan Keller and Alen Luke (who unleash a ferocious twin guitar attack on the listener), Damjan Milekovic on bass, and Adrian Boric on drums. Influenced by legendary bands such as Whitesnake/David Coverdale and SKID ROW with progressive rock and metal elements from Dream Theater thrown in the mix, Animal Drive take their listeners on a wild ride of hard rock bombast.
 
Dino says: "I am more than delighted and excited to be part of Frontiers' machine, the label that Animal Drive's music can relate to in so many aspects, from classic rock, progressive metal, heavy metal, hard rock... Our music contains everything that Frontiers holds right now, and some of the bands that are our biggest influences are signed to the label, which makes us even more excited. Can't wait to share material we have been working on for almost a year now, and can't wait to kick ass!"
 
The band's debut album is expected to be released in late 2017/ early 2018 with a tour in support of the release to follow.
 
 
Thu
06
Apr

R.I.P TSO's PAUL O'NEILL

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The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.
He was our friend and our leader -- a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.
We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now.
We will make additional announcements shortly.
Jeff Scott Soto has also just posted: 
I am beyond speechless, heartbroken and devastated...one of the most amazing human beings on this planet, I will NEVER forget the many aspects in life this man shared with me and so many in the world, Mr Paul O'Neill, may you rest in peace sir!
 
RIP Paul.

 

 
Fri
16
Dec

SOTO Offers Free New Track Download As Part Of Future Plan

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Free Digital Download available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-576107402/give-in-to-me-soto
 
Give In To Me
(Michael Jackson, Bill Botrell)
Produced by Edu Cominato & Jeff Scott Soto
Arrangements by Edu Cominato, Leo Mancini and JSS
 
Keyboards by Fabio Ribeiro
Rhythm guitars: Leo Mancini
Backing vocals: Andrew Ross, Phillip Brandon, Dino Jelusic, John Brink
 
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Adriano Daga
 
Video produced and edited by Brian Z for Zaba Productions
 
Published by Mijac Music (adm. by Warner-Tamerlane Publ. Corp.)
 
SOTO is:
Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto
Guitar: Jorge Salan
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: David Z
Guitars/Keys: BJ
 
 
SOTO, formed in 2014, is the dream band created when Jeff Scott Soto realized how much he missed the ‘heavier side’ of his career after fronting artists Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Journey and even his own solo albums. The band hope to continue its construction as a driving force in today’s Hard Rock & Metal scene.
 
Tour Dates 2017:
 
JAN
31.01 US - TAMPA, FL - THE ORPHEUM
 
FEB
02.02 US - MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE (EAST)
10.02 UK - WOLVERHAMPTON, SLADE ROOMS
11.02 UK - NEWCASTLE, THE CLUNY
12.02 UK - SHEFFIELD, THE CORPORATION
14.02 UK - EDINBURGH, BANNERMANS
15.02 UK - NOTTINGHAM, RESCUE ROOMS
17.02 UK - LONDON, UNDERWORLD
18.02 NL - ZOETERMEER, DE BOERDERIJ
19.02 NL - LANDGRAAF, OEFENBUNKER
21.02 DE - MUNICH/OLCHING, LEGENDS LOUNGE
22.02 SK - BRATISLAVA, RANDAL CLUB
24.02 HU - BUDAPEST, BACKSTAGE PUB
25.02 DE - LICHTENFELS, PAUNCHY CATS
26.02 DE - DESSAU, BEATCLUB
 
MAR
01.03 FI - TAMPERE - YO-TALO
03.03 FI - HELSINKI - ON THE ROCKS
04.03 FI - VAASA - WS ARENA
05.03 SW - LULEÅ - KULTERENS HUS
07.03 SW - OREBRO - FRIMiS SALONGER
08.03 SW - STOCKHOLM - GOTA KALLARE
10.03 NO - OSLO - HARD ROCK CAFE
11.03 SW - GOTHENBURG - STICKY FINGERS
12.03 DK - COPENHAGEN - HIGH VOLTAGE
 
Jeff recently commented on the future of the SOTO brand:
 
As mentioned a few months ago, SOTO parted ways with our label & after much deliberation, we have decided to forge ahead independently as we continue to bring you new music into the future.
I’m not divulging anything new on how the music business has dramatically changed so much the past years…but we decided to change with it and our plan starts with YOU in mind later this week.
As a gift to you all for the holidays, we have recorded our own heavy version of the incredible Michael Jackson song ‘Give In To Me’ and are giving it to you FREE as a digital download!
 
There is an accompanying video being pieced together by the talented Brian Z, younger brother of David, who directed and produced the ‘Unblame’ video for us that we’re hoping coincides with this new track.
From there, we will be releasing for purchase a new song digitally, about every month, once we return from the upcoming tour instead of the traditional long play CD. This not only allows us the time to work on songs individually but gives us a chance to put the quality behind each track instead of cramming to create an entire album in one go.
We’re mixing and mastering the giveaway now as I write this, info on where and how to get it will be widespread & easy to find…we think you’re gonna dig it!!! JSS

 

 

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