ProgPower USA 2020 Canceled, 2021 Festival Announced and GoFundMe Launched

Sadly, the long-running and legendary ProgPower USA has been forced to cancel their 2020 weekend-long festival in September. Promoter Glenn Harveston took to social media to announce that ProgPower USA XXI, the annual Atlanta event is canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled for September 8 – 11, 2021. “We can’t social distance in the venue (Centerstage) which is sold out.” The festival has rebooked for 2021 and launched a GoFundMe campaign to try and recover the lost monies from their $14,000 lost to a one-time US Visa application. On the plus side 19 of this year’s anticipated 21 acts have reconfirmed for next year. Theyhavealreadyreceived 25K of the 14k goal. Continue reading

Watch Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian of Sons of Apollo Discuss New Single “Good Divinity”

 

Sons Of Apollo, the prog-Metal supergroup which includes 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)-just shared their first single and video from their new album MMXX (pronounced: 20/20). Watch Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian discuss the clip in a new video below. MMXX produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), MMXX will be released on the 17th January 2020 via InsideOutMusic/Sony as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats. The album is the followup o the acclaimed debut Psychotic Symphony, one of the rare albums Ghost Cult gave a 10 / 10 grade to. Continue reading

Watch the New Video from Sons Of Apollo – “Goodbye Divinity”

Sons Of Apollo, the prog-Metal supergroup which includes 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)-will release their second studio album in 2020, appropriately titled, MMXX (pronounced: 20/20). Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), MMXX will be released on the 17th January 2020 via InsideOutMusic/Sony as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats. The album is the followup o the acclaimed debut Psychotic Symphony, one of the rare albums Ghost Cult gave a 10 / 10 grade to. Check out the video for the first single, the Vicente Cordero-directed clip for, ‘Goodbye Divinity’ right now! Continue reading

Sons Of Apollo Finishes New Album

In a tweet from keyboardist Derek Sherinian, Sons of Apollo have finished recording their next album. The supergroup features former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and 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) and just released their live album Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony on August 30 via InsideOut Music. The band has just booked new US tour dates for early 2020. We’re looking forward to new SOA music! Continue reading

Sons of Apollo Shares Live Video Performance with an orchestra of “Labyrinth”

Progressive Metal supergroup Sons of Apollo will release their deluxe live album Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony on August 30th via InsideOut Music. Watch their clip of the song ‘Labyrinth’, and pre-order the album below. Continue reading

Sons of Apollo Shares New Dream Theater Cover, Live DVD Due Out Next Month

Sons of Apollo, the prog-metal supergroup 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) — have announced release of Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony on August 30 viaS The band shared a cover of Dream Theater’s ‘Just Let Me Breathe’! Continue reading

UPDATED: Mike Portnoy Shares That Writing for the New Sons Of Apollo Album Has Begun

Progressive Metal Supergroup Sons Of Apollo featuring Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian (formerly of Dream Theater) along with guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Trans Siberian Orchestra) have spent the last week in a marathon writing session for their new album. Portnoy posted to his Facebook account with a photo to break the news.* The bands’ acclaimed debut album Psychotic Symphony was released in 2017 via InsideOut Music. Previously with all of the other members’ commitments, especially The Winery Dogs (with Portnoy and Sheehan), it was unknown when Sons Of Apollo would return to action. Continue reading

Jon And Marsha Zazula, Mike Portnoy, David Ellefson, Frank Bello, Testament Among Inductees For Hall of Heavy Metal History 2019

The Hall of Heavy Metal History Metal Hall of Fame Gala takes place every winter around The NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. Hosted by television, radio personality and heavy metal champion Eddie Trunk (Trunk Nation That Metal Show), and will feature appearances by heavy metal greats of today and years past. The event will feature performances by legendary drummers and Hall of Heavy Metal History inductees Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice, as well as a performance by hard rock/punk icon Jean Beauvoir. Los Angeles heavy rock/metal group Budderside will open the show. The full list of inductees is below This is fast becoming one of the biggest events in the yearly metal calendar.

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Sons of Apollo Perform Covers Of Dream Theater, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Van Halen And More At Concert For Future DVD

Sons of Apollo the supergroup of prog metal legends featuring members of Dream Theater, Guns N Roses Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs and Journey performed last weekend at the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria for an upcoming CD, DVD and Blu-ray. The group performed two sets separated by an intermission — one “regular” set, and another that featured an orchestra and choir. They ran through a set list of their own originals from their debut Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut), as well as covers of Dream Theate, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Ozzy, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Rainbow and more! Watch the fan-filmed footage below! The Ancient Theatre is fast becoming a favorite venue for DVD performances and career-spanning shows due to its amazing sound and the historic venue itself. They have hosted recent major artists such as Devin Townsend, Opeth, Behemoth, Apocalyptica and more. Continue reading