Sons of Apollo—consisting of 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 hit the road in 2018 for their first-ever worldwide tour, kicking off Feb. 3 in Tampa, Florida, as part of the “Cruise to the Edge,” which will sail to Belize and Costa Maya. Once the cruise concludes, the band will perform in Miami, Florida, on Feb. 9 as part of the “Monsters of Rock” Cruise pre-show party. Tickets for the upcoming tour dates go on sale at noon local time Friday, Dec. 1.
“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,” Portnoy said. “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 Oct. 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 and digital download. It was produced by 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 tour dates:
2/3-2/8 Tampa, FL Cruise to the Edge
Fri 2/9 Miami, FL Magic City Casino/Monsters Of Rock Cruise Pre-show
Sun 2/11 Orlando, FL Plaza LIVE Orlando
Mon 2/12 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Tue 2/13 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Thu 2/15 Asbury Park, NJ House of Independents
Fri 2/16 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
Sat 2/17 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory
Sun 2/18 Joliet, IL The Forge