Prog-metal supergroup Sons of Apollo – featuring former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, plus 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 a U.S. headlining run for next year dubbed the ‘MMXX Tour.’
Featuring support from Tony MacAlpine, the 13-date trip kicks off in California in late January, hitting venues in Pomona, LA, and San Francisco. From there, the trek lands in UT, CO, IL, MI, and Canada before heading north east for stops in MA, PA, along with NYC at Gramercy Theatre on February 6 [TIX]. Englewood, NJ’s Bergen PAC closes out the outing on Feb. 8 [TIX]. Full tour info can be viewed below.
Additionally, Sons of Apollo are currently finishing up their second album (the follow-up to 2017’s Psychotic Symphony) which will be released in January 2020.
In more news, August 30 will mark the release of the band’s first live album, Live with the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony, which was filmed at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
“I’ve released several dozen live albums through the years with about a dozen different bands, but I have to say that this live release from Sons Of Apollo may indeed be the most special one of them all!!” exclaims Mike Portnoy. “Everything was aligned that evening: an absolutely beautiful Roman amphitheatre and a perfectly gorgeous summer evening, one set of SOA material and one set of specially chosen cover songs, and to top it all off being joined by a symphony orchestra and choir…it was a magical evening for everybody in attendance and now we can share it with the rest of the world immortalized in this incredible live package. This package will serve as a nice souvenir to capture the band’s first year on tour and should tide over all of our fans while we complete work on our sophomore studio release that will coming in Jan 2020.”
Check out a new trailer for said upcoming live effort after the dates.
Fri 1/24 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
Sat 1/25 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Sun 1/26 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Tue 1/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
Wed 1/29 Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater
Fri 1/31 St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
Sat 2/1 Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
Sun 2/2 Toronto, ONT. @ Mod Club
Mon 2/3 Montreal QUE. @ Corona Theater
Wed 2/5 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Thu 2/6 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Fri 2/7 Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak
Sat 2/8 Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PAC