Sons of Apollo brought their superstar Prog/Rock/Metal jam to Las Vegas’ Brooklyn Bowl for a staggering two hour show and some of the biggest names in music. Sons of Apollo may have originally started as maybe a side project but is now a full time gig for the members, whose six degrees of separation looped back and forth throughout their careers until the stars (pun intended ) aligned and Sons of Apollo came to be.
The band line up is impressive, with drummer and overall badass Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, Winery Dogs, Metal Allegiance and more) along with keyboardist Derek Sheridan (Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen, Black County Communion and more) who decided to get a new project off the ground. They added in classic metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Trans-SiberianOrchestra), the legendary Billy Sheehan from Portnoy’s Winery Dogs (and Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) on bass, and master guitarist Ron Bumblefoot Thal (GnR, Art of Anarchy, Metal Allegiance). I’ll let you connect some of the six degree dots here…
Sons of Apollo released their first album Psychotic Symphony in October, now out on the road playing club dates and giving the fans a huge show, with a set that not only promoted the new album, but has a few nods to the individual members past groups and a lot of solos, kind of to be expected with this tenured talent. The band has definite prog roots and influences, but there a lot of pure classic metal and rock in there as well.
Brooklyn Bowl show got under way with “God of the Sun” from the new album, and the sheer energy level of the show was unreal with the front line of Thal, Sheehan and Soto - Soto head banging and Thal and Sheehan both rocking the double neck guitar and bass for a real wow of an opening. The show included a couple of Dream Theater numbers, and a few covers here and there, impressive solos from Sheehan and Sheridan, Thal weaving solos in and around throughout the night, and Soto even had a dramatic vocal solo with a acapella version of Queen’s “Prophet’s Song”.
The Sons of Apollo set came in right at a whopping two hours but the energy level never wavered, and the band had a lot of fun on stage with jokes were interspersed with music, and there was a genuine feel that these guys really like being on stage together - it showed in the good time they had and in the music they made. The solos gave the fans some time to slow down a moment here and there, before the full band came back out pounding into the next song and the next and the next. The sheer amount of talent and history on stage was enough to really blow your mind, and the show was amazing to say the least.
Sons of Apollo will be out on the road through the rest of April and May in the US, for info on tour dates and merch check out their website at https://www.sonsofapollo.com/home. The new album Psychotic Symphony can be purchased at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Psychotic-Symphony-Sons-Apollo/dp/B074KVDR2C .
Las Vegas Setlist
God of the Sun
Signs of the Time
Just Let Me Breathe (Dream Theater cover)
Day to Remember (Bumblefoot song)
Lost in Oblivion
The Prophet's Song / Save Me (Queen cover)
The Pink Panther Theme (Henry Mancini cover)
Lines in the Sand (Dream Theater cover)
And the Cradle Will Rock... (Van Halen cover)
Happy Trails (Roy Rogers song)
Sons of Apollo photos Jo Anna Jackson / Stardogphotos