Billy Sheehan and Sons of Apollo Release Live Album

Sons of Apollo: Live With the Plovdiv Psychotic SymphonySons of Apollo has returned with a new live album taken from their one-off performance at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Live With the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony captures the band with a symphony performing songs from their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, as well as a set of cover songs.

The band, which utilizes double-neck instruments, is comprised of killer musicians from prog and rock bands: former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, former Journey/Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, and bassist Billy Sheehan, who is known for his amazing playing with The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, and David Lee Roth. As such, they had a great pool of music to choose from, including “Just Let Me Breathe” by Dream Theater.

“In writing the setlist for SONS OF APOLLO’s very first tour, I knew we had to include a few songs from the Dream Theater album, Falling Into Infinity, which was the only full length studio album we did while Derek was in the band. I wanted to do ‘Just Let Me Breathe’ as it’s one of the deeper cuts on the album and I knew SOA would absolutely slay it!” Portnoy explains. “Between Bumble, Derek & Billy’s crazy guitar, keys & bass unison sections and Jeff’s overall driving, funky vocal delivery (with myself on the verses & chorus and Bumble on the bridge), I knew the SONS would breathe a whole new life into this track and even kick it up a few notches! Plus, as the song’s lyricist, I took artistic license and changed the lyric from ‘Shannon Hoon’ to ‘Chris Cornell’ to give it a little more relevance in 2019.”

Check out the live footage:

The set also includes solo spots for the musicians with a track dedicated to Sheehan’s solo spot. Live With the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony is available now in a CD/DVD package and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

The Sons of Apollo will be supporting the release in North America with the “MMXX” tour in 2020. Tour dates are listed below.

Live With the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony Track List:

Disc 1:

  1. God of the Sun
  2. Signs of the Time
  3. Divine Addiction
  4. That Metal Show Theme
  5. Just Let Me Breathe
  6. Billy Sheehan Bass Solo
  7. Lost in Oblivion
  8. JSS Solo Spot: The Prophet’s Song/Save Me
  9. Alive
  10. The Pink Panther Theme
  11. Opus Maximus

Disc 2:

  1. Kashmir
  2. Gates of Babylon
  3. Labyrinth
  4. Dream On
  5. Diary of a Madman
  6. Comfortably Numb
  7. The Show Must Go On
  8. Hell’s Kitchen
  9. Derek Sherinian Keyboard Solo
  10. Lines in the Sand

Disc 3:

  1. Bumblefoot Guitar Spot
  2. And the Cradle Will Rock
  3. Coming Home

Disc 4:

  1. God of the Sun
  2. Signs of the Time
  3. Divine Addiction
  4. That Metal Show Theme
  5. Just Let Me Breathe
  6. Billy Sheehan Bass Solo
  7. Lost in Oblivion
  8. JSS Solo Spot: The Prophet’s Song/Save Me
  9. Alive
  10. The Pink Panther Theme
  11. Opus Maximus
  12. Kashmir
  13. Gates of Babylon
  14. Labyrinth
  15. Diary of a Madman
  16. The Show Must Go On
  17. Hell’s Kitchen
  18. Derek Sherinian Keyboard Solo
  19. Lines in the Sand
  20. Bumblefoot Guitar Spot
  21. And the Cradle Will Rock
  22. Coming Home

Disc 5:

  1. God of the Sun
  2. Signs of the Time
  3. Divine Addiction
  4. That Metal Show Theme
  5. Just Let Me Breathe
  6. Billy Sheehan Bass Solo
  7. Lost in Oblivion
  8. JSS Solo Spot: The Prophet’s Song/Save Me
  9. Alive
  10. The Pink Panther Theme
  11. Opus Maximus
  12. Kashmir
  13. Gates of Babylon
  14. Labyrinth
  15. Diary of a Madman
  16. The Show Must Go On
  17. Hell’s Kitchen
  18. Derek Sherinian Keyboard Solo
  19. Lines in the Sand
  20. Bumblefoot Guitar Spot
  21. And the Cradle Will Rock
  22. Coming Home
  23. Documentary
  24. The “Slavi Show” feature
  25. Coming Home
  26. Lost in Oblivion
  27. Alive
  28. Tengo Vida
  29. Signs of the Time
  30. SOA – Introduction Part I
  31. SOA – Introduction Part II
  32. God of the Sun
  33. Coming Home
  34. Signs of the Time
  35. Labyrinth
  36. Alive
  37. Lost in Oblivion
  38. Figaro’s Whore
  39. Divine Addiction
  40. Opus Maximus
  41. Behind the Scenes Outtakes Part I
  42. Behind the Scenes Outtakes Part II

Sons of Apollo MMXX Tour Dates:

DateLocationVenue
Jan 24Pomona, CAThe Glass House
Jan 25Los Angeles, CAThe Roxy
Jan 26San Francisco, CAThe Fillmore
Jan 28Salt Lake City, UTThe State Room
Jan 29Denver, COThe Oriental Theater
Jan 31St. Charles, ILArcada Theater
Feb 1Battle Creek, MIThe Music Factory
Feb 2Toronto, ONTMod Club
Feb 3Montreal QUECorona Theater
Feb 5Boston, MAParadise Rock Club
Feb 6New York, NYGramercy Theater
Feb 7Jim Thorpe, PAPenn’s Peak
Feb 8Englewood, NJBergen PAC

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